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The ‘bump stock’ ban in Congress is really a semiautomatic rifle ban in disguise



Sunday marked the two-week anniversary of the tragedy in Las Vegas, which was the worst mass shooting in American history, leaving 59 people dead and over 500 injured. Even after two weeks, no one really knows with certainty the timeline leading up to the massacre, with new theories sprouting almost daily. Since the massacre, Americans throughout the country held vigils and prayed for days after. Even Las Vegas’ new NHL team, the Golden Knights, held a moment of tribute before their first-ever hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes to honor the victims of the attack.


But, predictably, the Left wasn’t so gracious, to say the least. Their instinctual reaction, as usual after a mass shooting, was how to further encroach on the Second Amendment and push for more gun control.

For example, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) immediately jumped to this all-to-common reaction, saying that “[c]ongress must get off its ass and do something.” Murphy continued to call for Congress to take on the “gun industry.” Another is Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who, even after admitting on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that no law would have stopped the mass shooter from obtaining his weapons or murdering those people, is still a long-time advocate for gun control and is now pushing legislation in light of the Vegas massacre—banning bump stocks.

As of last Friday, there is a new bipartisan bill in Congress to ban bump stocks, which is a spring-like piece that increases the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle. The bill, drafted by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and cosponsored by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), states that “[i]t shall be unlawful for any person…to manufacture, possess, or transfer any part or combination of parts that is designed to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle.”

However, as Sean Davis at the Federalist notes, this would actually ban semi-automatics altogether, for the reason that the legislation has no specificity on the base rate of fire, so the bill technically can ban any weapon that has an increase of rate of firing from zero. The National Rifle Association opposes this bill as well.


NRA Opposes New Bump Fire Stock Ban Bill

The National Rifle Association announced on Wednesday its opposition to a new bill that would ban any firearm part that effectively increases the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle.

“We are opposed to the Feinstein and Curbelo legislation,” Jennifer Baker, a spokesperson for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon.

Bipartisan Bump Stock Bill Would Actually Ban All Semi-Automatic Rifles new congressional proposal to ban bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting would actually ban all semi-automatic rifles and parts. A new gun control proposal in Congress that is being pitched as a bipartisan bump stock ban would actually ban all semi-automatic rifles in the United States, according to an analysis of the proposed bill. The legislation, which was drafted by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican, never bans bump stocks by name.


The only thing more astonishing than the Republicans accepting the premise that gun control would have stopped this heinous mass murder is that Democrats clearly don’t care.

Feinstein admits that the killer wouldn’t have been stopped by any legislation, and anyone can come to the logical conclusion that someone willing to kill will also be willing to break a gun law. But for the Left, it isn’t about stopping mass killers. It is, and always was, about confiscating guns from law-abiding Americans, and eventually gutting the Second Amendment altogether.

The Takeaway

Our Second Amendment is designed to protect us from tyranny, and a powerful, overgrown government, which is the Left’s overall goal, is a prime example of this. This amendment is so important that it is the only one in the Bill of Rights that adds the words “shall not be infringed.”

Nevertheless, for the Left, the ends justify the means. Liberty and freedom be damned. Even if what we do won’t help curb mass murders, let’s take advantage of this tragedy to further pursue our life’s work of a statist, centralized leviathan of a government.

The Left likes to say that conservatives are greedy, selfish and don’t care about anything but money. However, their reaction to the evil that took place in Las Vegas two weeks ago today shows that they embody the ultimate in selfishness.

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