Your View: Gun lobby responsible for approach to banning bump stocks

Your View: Gun lobby responsible for approach to banning bump stocks

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On Feb. 1, 2013, an employee of North Raleigh Guns demonstrates how a bump stock works at the Raleigh, N.C., shop. (Allen Breed / AP) Morning Call columnist Paul Muschick recently criticized the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for its new rule banning bump stocks. He supports the ban for future sales but opposes requiring relinquishment for folks who bought them when they were legal. He argues that at the least, a buyback program should have compensated bump stock owners, and that this rule will anger and alienate gun owners who might have supported a prospective (rather than retroactive) ban. But it was actually the machinations of the gun lobby, combined with the kowtowing leadership of Congress, that made rule making by the ATF, and the inherent limitations of that approach, the only politically feasible way to ban these murderous devices. Gun rights advocates cannot complain when they set this in motion. Fritz Walker (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO, THE MORNING CALL) A bump stock converts a semi-automatic firearm into the functional equivalent of a machine gun. Its sole functional purpose is to kill as many human beings as possible as quickly as possible. On the evening of Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, we learned how “well” these devices serve that purpose. The shooter used bump-stock-modified semi-automatic assault-style weapons to spray 1,100 bullets in about a dozen bursts to murder 58 innocent human beings in 10 minutes . An additional 422 folks were wounded, with 439 more injured in […]

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