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Bump stocks, belt loops and slippery slopes

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Recent events have suddenly thrust ‘Bump Stocks’ into the news, with many on the Conservative side of the political spectrum wrestling with the issue. As is usually the case, the gun grabbers want to ban them and punish the innocent because of the actions of one mass murderer. And it will be as yet another incremental deprivation of the people’s common-sense Civil Rights. From the outset, there were many who tended to go with this mindset out of a sheer emotional response. Sadly, this includes the NRA which has called for ATF review of bump stocks and new regulations. But as is the case with these situations, everyone has to the consider the greater implications of a ban on these devices.

Someone can have the same functionality merely by training to rapidly pull the trigger.

Background

Please pardon a little technical background to the issue, but it is important in taking a full consideration of the issue of these devices.   In a strictly technical sense, a semi-automatic firearm is simply a mechanism that utilises the power of the explosive chemical reaction to eject a spent casing, cock the trigger mechanism and chamber another round. The cycle repeats itself when a component known as a sear releases the striker or hammer that causes the firing pin to strike the primer of the cartridge discharging the round. In the case of the M4/M4A1 variant the operator can have the gun function in semiautomatic mode whereby each pull of the trigger causes the sear to release the hammer manually. With training, an individual can quickly pull the trigger to in essence, mimic the automatic function of the weapon.

When automatic fire is selected a different sear is utilised that is automatically released in an uninterrupted firing cycle with one trigger pull. In the case of the ‘Bump stock’ the recoil action of the weapon causes the individual’s finger to quickly pull the trigger that also releases the sear, mimicking ‘automatic’ weapons fire.

Key GOP senators open to ‘bump stock’ ban – POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/04/bump-stock-ban-republican-senators-243453?lo=ap_a1Top Senate Republicans said Wednesday they are open to considering legislation banning devices that were reportedly used to gun down scores of people in the worst mass shooting in modern American history. Bump stocks — also known as “slide fire” devices, which work by rapidly “bumping” the trigger of a semi-automatic weapon to boost the rate of fire — were reportedly used by Stephen Paddock to kill 58 people and wound more than 500 in Sunday’s Las Vegas massacre. Story Continued Below No Republican has yet joined Democrats in endorsing a bill targeting bump stocks, but their comments suggest a potential shift in the party’s typically hard-line opposition to gun control measures.

NRA calls for ATF review of bump stocks, new regulations after Las Vegas shooting | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/05/nra-calls-for-atf-review-bump-stocks-new-regulations-after-las-vegas-shooting.htmlThe National Rifle Association, in its first statement on the Las Vegas shooting and in a rare break from its traditional opposition to gun-related regulations, called Thursday for a federal review of so-called bump stocks and suggested new rules might be needed for the device apparently used by the shooter in Sunday’s massacre.

The Takeaway

The main take away here is that someone can have the same functionality merely by training to rapidly pull the trigger.  So if we continue down the slippery slope the question will soon be raised of banning of semi-automatic firearms by the same emotional logic.

Also, please consider that the second amendment avoids referencing specific types of arms and it is only by the shifting of the frame of reference that automatic or select fire weapons are essentially banned. Why is that the case? If a free-people cannot be trusted with an automatic firearms, then why should they be trusted with it’s semi-automatic versions? If they can’t be trust with semi-automatics, then why let them have bolt action rifles? This is how one ends up on a slippery slope in the first place, if you acquiesce to emotional logic in one case, why shouldn’t you submit to the same ‘logic’ down the road?

One final note

In looking over the original patent US # 8,127,658 B1 for the device one finds a very interesting point about this story. The background section of the patent mentions the various techniques and devices to ‘increase the firing rate of semi-automatic weapons’. One of these being the techniques of “Bump firing” and the use of the “Belt loop” method, whereby one merely places the weapon next to their hip and hooks one finger through both the trigger mechanism and belt loop of their clothing. The opposite hand is placed on the hand guard, when the firearm is pushed forward the trigger is a activated by the finger to discharge a round. The recoil the pushes the firearm back, resetting the trigger so that when the firearm is pushed forward once again it fires another round. The point is that one does not need a ‘Bump Stock’ to mimic the select fire function, only a belt loop.

Are we to ban these as well?

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As Jussie Smollett story evolves, let’s not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

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As Jussie Smollett story evolves lets not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

When a juicy story hits social media, the instant reaction is to run with it and all the implications. That’s the nature of our on-demand, always-on, real-time media world. The only thing faster than hot takes from the first hint of a story are the assumptions made by both sides regardless of the details.

Such is the case with Jussie Smollett, the actor who was allegedly attacked by MAGA-loving bigots. Smollett, a gay man of color, was allegedly targeted on the streets of Chicago, but now reports are coming in that it may have been an elaborate hoax designed to help him save his job on the cast of Empire.

But so far, police have only confirmed that Smollett is still being treated as a victim. Yes, there were two persons of interest questioned by police. Yes, Smollett skipped a voluntary interview with police this morning. Yes, the story was strange from the start and this new narrative seems to match much better regardless of which side of the political or cultural aisle you’re on.

And yet, nothing has been confirmed.


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It’s incumbent on us, whether journalists or simply social media users, to wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions. It works in both directions.

Was it all a hoax? Possibly. Some who are looking at he evidence today and the report released by local Chicago news may come to the conclusion that a hoax was likely. But let’s not assume until the truth is revealed by officials.

 


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Democrats push background check bill in the House

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Democrats push background check bill in the House

As social media buzzes about the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, Democrats hope to put their latest iteration of gun control on the floor and onto the Senate. Called a “bipartisan” attempt to initiate more background checks on firearm purchases and sales, many conservatives on Capitol Hill are speaking out against it.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill yesterday.

My Take

Gun control bills, of which this is merely the first to be pushed by the current iteration of Democrats, usually have two things in common. First, they don’t address the problem they’re allegedly trying to solve; neither the Parkland shooting nor any mass shooting in the 21st century would have been prevented had this bill been in place. Second, they are a stepping stone through which leftists will attempt to initiate more draconian laws that eat away at our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

As with the abortion issue, the gun control issue is one in which “common sense” is used to push harsher laws down the line.

It should be strange to cognizant Americans that Democrats continue to push laws that make it easier to kill preborn babies while making it harder for innocent people to defend themselves with firearms. Are you seeing a trend in their mentality?

 


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Freedom-lovers, keep an eye on AG William Barr

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Freedom-lovers keep an eye on AG William Barr

Today, William Barr is likely to be confirmed to be the next Attorney General. While he’s a qualified leader to take the reins over the Justice Department and a strong patriot, there are concerns that we must remember as he joins the Trump administration.

First and foremost, Barr’s record on the 4th Amendment is abysmal.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

One would hope the top law enforcer in the nation would be an ardent defender of the 4th Amendment, but Barr has demonstrated not only a willingness to circumvent it at times but has also expressed annoyance that it prevents law enforcement from doing its job, particularly as it pertains to stopping terrorism. He’s also a fan of the Patriot Act, though if anything it didn’t go far enough.

Sadly, only a tiny handful of Republicans in DC seem to be concerned.

The tribalism that has infected the country and plagued groups on both sides of the political aisle has struck once again. There would be plenty of objections from conservatives if Barr had been nominated by President Obama or another Democrat, but since he’s a Trump nominee it appears he’s going to fly through with no GOP Senators objecting other than Rand Paul.

It’s a shame that the President decided to go with Barr. It’s likely he did so based on Barr’s objections to Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian hacking of the election, but otherwise Barr’s record is one that doesn’t seem very conducive to freedom. We’ll be keeping a close eye on him.

 


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