GOP Lawmaker Rebukes NRA Over Its Position on Bump Stocks
- Author: Leroy Wright Oct 08, 2017,
Oct 08, 2017, 20:39
Indian-American lawmakers have called for changes in the gun control laws in the USA, as they condemned the Las Vegas mass shooting, the deadliest in the country's modern history which claimed almost 60 lives.
The U.S. gun lobby, which has seldom embraced new firearms-control measures, voiced a readiness on Thursday to restrict a rifle accessory that enabled a Las Vegas gunman to strafe a crowd with bursts of sustained heavy fire as if from an automatic weapon.
The NRA publicly called for tighter regulations on those devices, but not a bill or a law.
Democrats and a growing number of Republicans are supporting the proposed ban.
In a matter of hours, NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox put to rest any sense that the group was actively seeking a ban of bump stocks, telling Fox News' Tucker Carlson: "What we've said is ATF needs to do their job". For another, "bump stocks" are not big moneymakers for the gun industry.
After the deadliest shooting in modern American history, Republican leaders have signaled some openness to at least looking into narrowly addressing the country's existing gun laws.
This is an opportunity for bipartisanship. Sen. That is why Paddock's gun had the sound of a fully automatic machine gun, a type of weapon heavily regulated since the 1930s. That alone bucks a trend under Republican control of Congress, one that seemed likely to continue with a president who received the strong and enthusiastic backing of the NRA. John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Senate Republican, have expressed interest in learning more about the issue. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., declared.
This is a mistake. This problem was created over the long term, and that is how it will be solved.
Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview with MSNBC that aired Thursday it's "clearly something we need to look into". "They've made the constitution, the Second Amendment, you can't change something that's been enacted since 1776". If Democrats then insist on more, it means they want to politicize the issue more than to arrive at a solution.
To understand that, it's important to grasp not just the stunning statistics about gun ownership and gun violence in the United States, but the country's unique relationship with guns - unlike that of any other developed country - and how it plays out in their politics to ensure, seemingly against all odds, that the culture and laws continue to drive the nearly routine gun-related violence that marks American life. This past July, even with price discounts all over the place, federal gun checks were reportedly down 25 percent from what they had been in 2016. Fair enough. But that battle was lost more than three decades ago. The D.C. law actually banned ownership of all handguns.
Even the National Rifle Association says it's open to exploring possible changes.
Again another psychotic madman strikes killing over 50 people and injuring more than 500 in the Land of the Free and Home of the courageous. Sportsmen didn't find them particularly useful because, while they speed up how many bullets can pass through the barrel of a gun, they make the weapons highly unreliable. Yet, no firm steps are being taken to curb gun sales.
Authorities have revealed more details about the cameras Paddock used to spy on the area surrounding his Las Vegas hotel room. We do know that the automatic-weapons ban has largely worked. But Paddock owned no fewer than 47 weapons and had bought 33 guns just this past year alone. Firearms, mostly handguns, are often purchased at private gun shows in neighboring states and at gun shops in Southern states with more relaxed gun laws.