Are you surprised? I’m not
(FAIRFAX, VA) – The National Rifle Association today issued the following statement:
“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.”
I don’t own, nor do I have a need for, a Bump Stock. Having said that, it isn’t about NEED. I have no use for one, they seem like an easy and quick way to turn money into smoke and noise. Waste of ammo, cause it is hard to hit anything after the first shot. But some folks like ’em and don’t hurt anyone using them.
Had this dude in Vegas used one of his 2 planes and crashed into the crowd, it would have killed more folks,and injured many more. Had he bought a large truck and used it to run folks down, it would have resulted in a similar tragedy.
He used a gun, modified with a LEGAL, ATF approved item, to spray bullets down on a large group of people.
Would regulating these items out of existence have prevented the tragedy? Nope. Would it have lessened it? Maybe, but doubtful.
I am disgusted that the NRA is so quickly willing to cave on something like this. It isn’t what I give them my yearly dues to do. It isn’t what I expect them to do as a “gun rights” organization.
I am disgusted by their actions and the thought process that led to those actions.
ETA: And so far, for the past 12 hours, their “feedback” page has a runtime error, so I can’t connect to them (and they probably don’t care) about this matter.