Guess who approved the ‘bump stock’? That’s right, Obama’s ATF

Liberals are all enraged that Stephen Paddock could transform two AR-15s into “machine guns” using a simple “bump stock” device. Now they know who to blame.

First of all, the “bump stock” does not convert an AR-15 into a machine gun. A machine gun will fire as long as the trigger is depressed. Even the military M16 does not have full-automatic mode (and hasn’t since Vietnam). The M16A2 fires a three-round burst based on a selector switch position (where the safety switch is on the AR-15). One trigger pull fires three rounds.

The “bump stock” requires constant pressure on the trigger cover of the device, and considerable pressure in the non-trigger hand on the rifle stock. The device uses the shooter’s shoulder as a recoil to slide the trigger cover back and forth, depressing the trigger once for each shot, which is what semi-automatic firearms do. But with the “bump stock,’ the AR-15 can achieve rapid rates of fire with some practice (and a sore shoulder).

A company named Slide Fire invented the “bump stock.” Here’s their video showing how it works.

Slide Fire submitted their invention, along with its patent, to the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch, for testing and approval. The ATF responded in June 2010.

The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed. In order to use the installed device, the shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hand and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand. Accordingly, we find that the “bump-stock” is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act or National Firearm Act.

You can read the letter here.

What does that mean? It means that gun laws don’t stop people from converting AR-15s into rapid-fire weapons. Because most gun laws are based on feeling (“it looks scary!”) and emotion. It also means that when Congress attempts to ban the “bump stock,” they’ll have a hard time figuring out what they’re banning.

In fact, the “bump stock” could be classified as an assistance device for disabled people–they’d be banning something under the ADA and violating the Second Amendment rights of thousands of disabled people who have lost hands or mobility in their fingers. Nothing about the “bump stock” says it has to be used as a rapid fire device. That’s just a side effect (along with a sore shoulder).

Next, liberals will want to ban fingers that can press the trigger too fast–or just ban fingers altogether.

JUSTICE: After Seven Years, Brian Terry’s Killer Has Been Arrested

This has been a long time coming.

It is one story, one atrocity, in a long list of unanswered calls for justice coming out of the wreckage that was the Obama presidency.

Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry was murdered in 2010 by a gun put in the hands of Mexican criminals by the Obama administration.

For seven long years, there has been no justice and no relief for the Terry family, but on Wednesday, there was a glimmer of hope, for the first time since Terry’s tragic end.

The Washington Examiner is reporting that a U.S.-Mexico law enforcement task force have tracked down and arrested the cartel member responsible for Brian Terry’s murder.

Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes was taken into custody at a ranch on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua by Mexican police, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit.

U.S. officials said they will seek Osorio-Arellanes’ extradition to the U.S., according to Fox News. Authorities had offered a $250,000 reward for information that led to the suspect’s arrest, though it’s unclear if his whereabouts were reported to law enforcement.

Good. Get him here and give him the harshest possible penalty for his crimes.

If there was anything resembling a purpose to Brian Terry’s death, it would be that it exposed the corrupt and bungling efforts of Obama’s ATF, and Eric Holder, head of the Justice Department, at that time.

Terry’s death revealed the Obama administration had conducted Operation Fast and Furious, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) plot to sell guns to criminals in Phoenix, Ariz. The intent was to sell the weapons to non-U.S. drug cartel players and track the weapons.

However, ATF lost track of more than 1,400 of the 2,000 guns that were purchased and two of those lost weapons turned out to be the ones left at the scene.

Brian Terry died after crossing paths with the “rip crew” – five members of the Mexican cartel who had been combing a section of the border, looking for drug dealers to rob.

Osirio-Arellanes’ arrest raises the number of those involved in the “rip crew” up to four, with one member still on the loose.

This arrest can’t bring Brian Terry back to his family, but may it give them some measure of peace that has alluded them for the past seven years.