Katie Pavlich

* Editors note: TOWNHALL News Editor Katie Pavlich is participating in a multi-day firearms training course at the Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona. Stay tuned for daily dispatches. This is the fifth dispatch. As the dispatches accumulate, they'll all be available here.

PAULDEN, Ariz. - Much of the recent gun control debate around the country has been centered around “high capacity magazines,” which begs the question, just how many rounds of ammunition should a law abiding citizen be legally capable of putting into their gun? The answer is, as many rounds as it takes to stop a violent threat.

During my classroom session Tuesday afternoon at Gunsite Academy, I learned that “knock-down” power does not exist with small arms. As one instructor put it, “Real life isn’t like in the movies when somebody gets shot with a handgun and they go flying across the room.”

I also learned that, “handguns of all types don’t reliably stop a dedicated adversary from stopping their actions.”

In my training today, it became even more obvious to me why I, and millions of others, would need a “high capacity” magazine in my handgun. I’m shooting a Glock 19 this week. I have three magazines, each holds 15 rounds. Is 15 rounds enough to stop the actions of a violent attacker? If I were to place a few rounds in the correct area, they could be enough, but even that doesn’t guarantee a stop in action.

Take for example the Miami shooting of 1986.

Video and photos of Katie Pavlich at the pistol range on page two.

Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.