What happens in Vegas can no longer be allowed to stay in Vegas after disgruntled gambler, Stephen Paddock, committed the largest mass shooting in modern American history. Using a device called a “bump stock” Paddock modified one of the dozens of guns found in his hotel room allowing it to fire hundreds of bullets per minute with a single trigger pull.
From the safety of his hotel room located 32 stories above a country music festival attended by 22,000 freedom loving Americans, Paddock opened fire killing at least 59 and wounding more than 500 people. Initial reports indicate that Paddock had 23 firearms in his hotel suite including AR-15 assault rifles and modified rifles outfitted with scopes and tripods.
A dozen “bump stocks” were reportedly recovered from Paddock’s Vegas hotel room. Bump stocks are devices that convert semi-automatic rifles into automatic weapons. According to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bump stocks are legal because they do not have any “automatic function mechanical parts.”
Just how stupid do gun manufacturers, their lobbyists and the government think we are? Automatic weapons are supposed to be illegal — but that is OK — just buy a bump stock and presto you’ve got a machine gun.
In the bizarre world of the gun lobby, background checks fail despite support from 84 percent of Americans. Silencers should be legalized because they reduce hearing loss and even people on federal no-fly lists get to keep their constitutional right to buy guns.
Even though the NRA quickly announced they would be willing to let ATF, not Congress, take a look at regulating bump stocks it will be a cold day in hell before the gun lobby allows Congress to pass any meaningful gun regulation.
Don’t forget Congress took zero action after Aurora, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Dallas and every other mass shooting on a list that seems endless. The perpetrators of these assaults used semi-automatic weapons loading clip after clip firing dozens even hundreds of bullets per minute. These weapons are not hunting rifles or even hand guns designed for self-defense. They are nothing more than weapons of mass destruction that have no business being owned by any person not serving in law enforcement or the United State military.
After the murder of 20 children at Sandy Hook in 2012, Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein, proposed legislation that would have banned weapons with military features, including bump stocks, and would have certainly saved some lives lost in Vegas. Even though Feinstein’s proposal legalized 2,000 different hunting and sporting firearms, and would have grandfathered every lawfully possessed weapon as of the date of its enactment, it brought down the wrath of the NRA and was obediently rejected by 60 so-called U.S. Senators.
America’s failure to solve our gun violence problem is a national disgrace. The old bumper sticker is still true. Guns don’t kill people, people do, and that includes gun lobbyists and their bought and paid for elected officials who lack the courage to stand up to them.