Since the Las Vegas shooting the media and their friends on the left have targeted “bump stocks” as their new favorite thing to hate about guns.
In the last couple of weeks they’ve spent countless hours opining about the evils of the bump stock and fear mongering about the terrifying “assault rifle” epidemic.
Sadly, their overwrought fears are not just overblown they’re sheer fantasy.
First, The bump stock technology has been around for years, and yet this is the first time it has been utilized in one of these attacks. Second, bump stocks weren’t banned by the ATF because, try as they might, they couldn’t find a reason to do so.
“We could not find a way to classify it as a machine gun. We did the right thing by the letter of the statutes.” That’s the word from the Former Assistant Chief and Acting Chief of the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch, speaking to our good friends at The Trace. To answer his critics, Rick Vasquez (above) has penned an explanation for his team’s decision not to regulate or ban the bump fire stock (click here to view). And they weren’t wrong . . .
The Slide Fire bump fire stock submitted for ATF approval didn’t meet the legal definition of a machine gun, which states that a firearm qualifies if it fires “more than one shot with a single function of the trigger.” As you know, bump fire stocks enable multiple rapid single finger presses, but each round requires one trigger press.
To further explain why banning bump stocks (or even regulating them even more heavily than they already are), the simple truth is that they aren’t even necessary if one wants to fire a gun more rapidly.
And another one:
Sadly, the GOP isn’t paying attention to us, the voters, instead they’re listening to the left and the media hacks spewing misinformation. That sad truth means that they are currently in the process of crafting bad new laws like this one:
The measure, H.R.3999, was filed by Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, joined by U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, with members from each party in tow. The move aims to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and use of “bump stocks,” which have become a hot-button item after their use in the Route 91 Harvest shooting in Las Vegas where a gunman reportedly had as many as a dozen rifles equipped with the devices.
“This common-sense legislation will ban devices that blatantly circumvent already existing law without restricting Second Amendment rights,” said Curbelo in a statement.
The bill, though only three pages, is sweeping in its language, barring the production or possession of any gun part or parts that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle without converting it to the legal definition of a machine gun. This would potentially include not only the now-vilified stocks but also various binary or modified triggers and cranks which are currently legal.
This bill is TERRIBLE. The National Review’s Robert Verbruggen explains,
So what kind of bills do Ryan’s colleagues have in the works? Oh, there’s this. Yikes.
It’s a bipartisan effort that applies to “any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun.” As Christian Britschgi notes at Reason, this is an insanely broad definition: “Binary triggers, which fire a round on both the pull and release of the trigger, would also likely be prohibited under this language, as would lighter triggers, and heavier recoil springs, both of which allow for a faster rate of fire.”
They need to reword this. One option they should explore is the concept of “deliberate engagement” (which made the rounds on “Gun Twitter” last week, though the user who came up with the idea seems to have deleted his tweets). The idea would be to regulate devices that help users fire multiple bullets without deliberately engaging the trigger each time.
There’s another problem with the bill too: It bans the possession of these devices (so long as they’ve traveled in interstate commerce) starting 90 days after the legislation is enacted, rather than just stopping new ones from entering the market and taking steps to monitor sales of the ones already in existence. This means people who bought bump stocks legally will now violate the law just by keeping them. This is completely unacceptable.
The NRA and their spineless Republican friends need to wake up and stop worrying about what the left is saying. The Left will always look for any angle to they can exploit in taking our guns, there’s no reason for the GOP and the NRA to help them do it.