The devices were found on guns used by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, who killed 59 and injured hundreds Sunday night. Public safety is a primary responsibility at all levels of government.
While it might be questionable whether some familiar gun-safety proposals would have stopped this or other specific incidents, the overall impact of America's lax gun laws compared with the rest of the world is harder to dispute. Although, the problem with regulation seems to not be so much about whether or not to regulate, but the perception of rights being taken away and the need to always resist the opposite political party.
"Everybody wants to kind of know what's the deal with machine guns", Garcia said. And they, as a lobbying group, have instilled deep fear in any politician who is unwilling to follow their agenda, which virtually says you can not touch anything on guns becasue you're then treading on second-amendment rights.
David Chipman, a former ATF agent, spoke with ThinkProgress Wednesday about the approval of the bump stocks, which he said the ATF approved because they're "a piece of shit", but also noted that the inference in Slide Fire's application was that the device would be used to help disabled veterans.
But for now don't expect such action from the current political leaders except for the possibility of a token piece of legislation such a banning "bump stocks" which makes semi-automatic rifles fire rapidly simulating an automatic weapon.
But something different has happened this time: There is a bipartisan agreement on regulating, or possibly banning, the sale of bump stocks.
Congress has refused to computerize gun registration.
Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan said, "fully automatic weapons have been banned for a long time".
On Thursday, NRA officials agreed that bump stocks, an accessory which allows semi-automatic rifles to operate like fully automatic ones "should be subject to additional regulations". Anything less than a ban is inadequate.
Keep in mind that Lucas and his cronies in the gun lobby have done everything they can to gut background checks. "Great care should be exercised before restricting the rights of the vast majority of law-abiding citizens, while we still ensure violent criminals can not gain access to guns".
However, the pair say it's not about the firearms or the accessories, it's about the people that use them and their bad intentions.
Banning high-capacity ammunition magazines.
If we start talking about guns, we then have to address the 11,815 gun deaths (not including suicides) so far this year. Someone intending to hunt or protect his home with a semiautomatic rifle doesn't need a 30-round magazine to do it.
I remember just over a year ago the Pulse Nightclub shooting was given the same label.
A spokeswoman for Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., said he plans to introduce legislation to ban bump stocks with Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. As you know, he killed 58 and wounded almost 500 before the cops got to his room and he killed himself.
Mass shootings shouldn't be a normal occurrence, and the United States should adopt reasonable gun control measures that make everyone safer; Mr. Trump can make some serious progress on this issue using his bombastic ability to sell his supporters even the Brooklyn Bridge.
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