After issuing a statement calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to review the legality of bump stocks, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has affirmed that further bans on guns or gun parts don’t stop crime.
NRA’s Chris Cox went on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss their statement in wake of the Las Vegas massacre. Cox said, “We don’t believe bans ever worked on anything.”
“There were NRA members who were shot [in Las Vegas]. There were members who were murdered,” Cox said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“What we’re getting from NRA members is grief and fear, the same way other Americans are grieving.”
Cox added, “What we saw last week was pure evil. … We don’t believe that bans have ever worked on anything.” But he added that ATF should look to review bump stocks if they indeed converted semi-automatic firearms into automatic ones in the case of the Las Vegas shooting. While many have interpreted this as a call-to-action (CTA) to regulate bump stocks, it isn’t a blatant call for banning them. Just a review. Nevertheless, we can all agree that banning bump stocks won’t prevent future mass shootings.
This came in wake of the NRA issuing a joint statement by Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, which read:
“In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world. In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations. In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans’ Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.”
As a result of the alleged use of bump stocks by mass murderer Stephen Paddock, nine Republican Senators have called on the ATF to review bump stocks. Interestingly enough, one of the U.S. Senate’s top gun control proponents — Senator Dianne Feinstein of California–admitted that no new gun control measures would have prevented the Las Vegas massacre.
Experts say bump stocks decrease accuracy when firing firearms. Here’s more on bump stocks:
A bump stock is a sliding stock that speeds up a rifle’s rate of fire by harnessing recoil energy to reset the trigger. Instead of squeezing the trigger, the shooter holds his trigger finger steady while pushing the barrel forward with his other hand, thereby firing a round. The recoil repositions the trigger, and continuing to exert forward pressure on the barrel makes the rifle fire repeatedly. The gun still fires just once per trigger pull, so it is still a semiautomatic (and therefore legal), but it fires faster than it would if the shooter had to bend his trigger finger each time.
Whether or not bump stocks will be regulated detracts from the greater issue at hand: no gun control measures would have stopped the crazed Vegas shooter from perpetrating the evil act he did. It’s time to hold individuals, not tools, accountable for their criminal behavior.
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