Trump Takes Aim at Bump Stocks
Last year’s horrific mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas has everyone concerned feeling frustrated. There are many important questions still unanswered, so many strange and unexplained factors and no satisfactory official explanation has yet been placed on offer. So far, all we know is that Stephen Paddock had a history of mental illness, addiction, instability and was fairly well off. We also know that his entire immediate family appeared to be stranger still, plagued with insanity, abuse, and drugs.
Paddock killed 58 people from a window in the Mandalay Hotel and injured hundreds more.
As far as we can tell, there will never be any reasonable explanation of the event. For one thing, there were audio recordings of the event which sounded like more than one gun could have been used in action. Many explain this away as an echo. It may have been an echo, but some combat experienced veterans also believed it sounded like multiple guns.
Then there’s the fact that ISIS took responsibility for the shooting. While we’re not in the business of taking ISIS at their word, the terrorist organization has yet to claim responsibility for a crime that they are not tied to. The Vegas shooting could be the only exception to that rule, but what are the chances?
Finally, there’s the fact that Paddock is meant to have taken an enormous amount of guns and ammunition up to his room. Numerous rifles and many cases of ammunition- far more than what he would have needed to carry out a single mass shooting.
All of these mysteries have given us the makings of a first class conspiracy theory. If it wasn’t for the fact that the Paddock family also had ties to US intelligence agencies we might be ready to forget the mysterious nature of the event.
With all of this well in the rear view, President Donald Trump is set to enact a complete ban on bump stocks.
As our readers will certainly be aware, a bump stock is an attachment that simulates the action of an automatic rifle. It does this by leveraging the action of the gun to rock the trigger back and forth, enabling the operator to fire the gun very rapidly. It replaces the factory stock on the gun and has to be held in a specific way to function as intended.
Many gun enthusiasts are not fans of the device as they say it makes the rifle more far less accurate. As far as we can tell this is true. It does make an AR-15 less accurate.
Nevertheless, it does pose a serious milestone in efforts to impose greater gun controls. The reason for this is that the bump stock does not truly make the gun automatic, but only simulates automatic fire. Gun control advocates say this is irrelevant. The important thing they say is that the device puts as many rounds down range as a truly automatic gun would.
Last week, Trump said, “We’re knocking out bump stocks. I’ve told the NRA bump stocks are gone (in) two or three weeks.”
It has been seen as a departure from Trump’s conservative support base. He has also taken a hard line in his interactions with the NRA on this subject saying that he won’t back down. Recently, it has come to light in a series of released emails that the ATF has been under increasing pressure to place restrictions on the rifle accessory.
While many gun rights advocates are not fans of the device, they object to the ban of bump stocks on principle. They say that because it is only an accessory, banning it is a step toward banning more gun-related products not directly oriented toward shooting. Others say it does affect the operation of the gun, making it effectively an automatic weapon.
The argument that bump stocks make a gun functionally similar to a fully automatic rifle does hold water, and many people agree with the standing ban on automatic rifles. But the fact remains that the Clinton created automatic rifle ban is unconstitutional. Not only is it unconstitutional, but the ban has had no effect on the rates of mass shootings.
Just like any weapon-related device, banning bump stocks only takes them out of the hands of those who obey the law. The devices, like any weapon part, can be made in a garage or smuggled into the country by criminals who have no intention of obeying any law.
~ National Gun Network