Colorado's U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette didn't waste any time in introducing a bill in Congress banning the high-capacity magazines that allow guns to fire numerous rounds without reloading.
While it will assuredly be controversial given the strength of the gun lobby, it makes sense to outlaw the types of gun accessories that enable shooters to kill a lot of people quickly and efficiently.
We're hopeful that federal lawmakers also will reinstate the expired assault weapons ban, but we understand that will be a heavier lift.
Nevertheless, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., is set to join forces with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in introducing legislation reviving the ban, which expired in 2004.
Given the recent run of mass shootings, it's clear the nation is ready for a conversation about constitutionally permissible gun restrictions.
There is a difference between weaponry that is appropriate on a battlefield and the sorts of guns most people use for protection, hunting and target shooting.
DeGette, a Democrat, and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., whose husband was killed in a mass shooting in 1993, filed the high-capacity magazine ban on the first day of the 113th Congress.
The magazines have drawn attention because of the role they have played in these recent high-profile mass shootings:
• Adam Lanza, who killed 26 at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., had large-capacity magazines for the rifle and pistols he carried.
• Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and wounded 16, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., used a handgun with a 33-round magazine.
It's true that a ban on future sales will not address assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines that already are on the street. That issue would have to be taken on through buybacks and other measures.
But that shouldn't justify doing nothing to stop the current sales of such weapons and accessories. More of them on the street isn't going to make things better.
We're glad to see two Coloradans at the forefront of the effort to reduce access to equipment more suited for soldiers than hunters.
It will be a tough fight, but federal lawmakers should pass a sensible set of regulations that put a dent in the availability of such weaponry.