In her inaugural address, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo reiterated her call for a ban on so-called “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines." This, though her handpicked working group on gun safety could not agree on a ban on "military style rifles."

The report did recommend a ban on ammunition feeding devices holding more than 10 bullets. Why 10 is the magic number remains a mystery. Does a magazine holding, say, 12 rounds make the gun 20 percent more lethal?

Colorado allows magazines holding up to 15 rounds; New York says it is 7; Vermont decrees that 15 bullets in an handgun is OK but you cannot have more than 10 in a rifle.

Connecticut allowed those owning high-capacity magazines to keep them as long as they do not load more than 10 rounds in them. Would a madman heading for a school or shopping mall to wreak havoc observe the magazine limitation?

With a modicum of practice a person can swap magazines in less than two seconds. Does anyone seriously believe two seconds is significant in a mass shooting scenario?

Richard J. August

North Kingstown