Bumping rights: Common ground on guns?EDITORIAL
October 09. 2017 10:12PM
Following every deadly shooting, gun control advocates renew their ineffective and unconstitutional ideas to limit the rights of law-abiding Americans.
Both sides raise a lot of money, but the issue rarely goes anywhere. Why pass new laws that would not have done anything to prevent the latest crime?
The Las Vegas killer reportedly used a relatively new device to increase the rate of fire of his weapons, mimicking the automatic weapons that have been effectively banned for more than 30 years.
A bump stock is a low-tech add-on that captures a rifle’s recoil to repeatedly pull the trigger far faster than a human finger. Bump stocks haven’t been around long. Gun rights groups are quick to point out that the Obama administration approved their use in 2010. The NRA now says it favors “regulation” of such stocks. Congressional Republicans are open to a ban, which would mirror the prohibition on converting semiautomatic weapons to automatic.
Democrats are most vocal about gun control when Republicans are in charge. Gun control proposals poll well in a vacuum, but they have proven to be political kryptonite for Democrats.
Gun owners are reluctant to give any ground, rightfully fearing that gun control advocates will take as much as they can, and come back for more.
Banning bump stocks would not cede fundamental rights. It would treat all automatic-conversion devices similarly.