In regard to the upcoming proposed gun-related legislation in Virginia, I am trying to understand the logic behind the proposals from differing sides. One group wants to limit access to high capacity magazines, ban silencers, etc. Another group recommends instead, more severe punishment for the shooter. I don’t understand the logic behind the latter approach. I doubt that a rampage shooter is thinking ahead, weighing in his mind if this act is worth life in prison. In fact, he/she is most likely considering suicide.
It seems logical to me that the process of limiting rampages like the Virginia Beach shooting should begin with legislation limiting access to these deadly weapons.