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Why banning bump fire stocks is not the answer

Why banning bump fire stocks is not the answer

By now everyone is aware that the Las Vegas coward used a bump fire stock device to at least aid in his murderous rampage of thousands of innocent Americans. And naturally, the politicians on the left grabbed their prepared, pre-packaged talking points to repeat to the cameras who’d talk to them. As we can nearly always predict, their first reaction is to attack modern sporting rifles – “assault weapons/rifles” according to them – and then they move on to fill in the blanks of their packaged sentence “Why does anyone need a ___________?” This time that sentence – at least for now – includes “bump fire stocks”.

Bump fire stocks, by association, were thrust into the spotlight this week because they were used by the Las Vegas murderer. We have our own opinions of the usefulness of bump stocks that we documented in our own video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6oaRAgdslE) and are personally not fans of them. My guns are for sporting, hunting, and self defense use and the bump fire system is ineffective in all of these cases. But bump fire-equipped rifles are in many cases the closest many americans will get to firing something close to that of a fully automatic rifle. Therein lies the attraction to many gun owners.

Our video points out that while the rate of fire the Las Vegas coward sought could be accomplished with a bump fire stock, his accuracy suffered. Based on the number of rounds this psycho fired, thankfully the majority of his shots hit nothing or no one. Had this shooter employed standard shooting techniques without a bump fire stock, I am fearful of what the outcome may have been.

Now that the focus has turned to bump fire stocks, naturally the cry is to ban them. This is typical of the left. And the right becomes naturally defensive because we are so used to the attack on our Second Amendment rights. But by pushing back, the right is accused of being insensitive which we all know isn’t true and is simply a baiting technique.

So what do we do? Do we “have a conversation” as is so often said? The problem is that the conversation is always expected to be had by those in Washington DC. That is the wrong place to start. We know what the Democrats’ stance is – ban as many firearm-related products as we can. The Republicans? Let me ask you this: do you trust Mitch McConnell, John McCain, or most of Republicans to represent you in a closed door meeting with Democrats to decide the fate of the Second Amendment? How many deals would be cut with concessions being made on behalf of our constitutional rights?

The “conversation” can only be had by non-politicians who are less concerned with lobbyists and television cameras than they are about addressing people’s concerns. Any ideas could be shared with politicians once a non-political panel provides them. But if the start of the conversation is “what can we ban?”, then the conversation is over before it starts. At some point the left has to include accountability in their own thought process. Ignoring the evils of the criminally insane, the overly medicated, and other people and placing blame on whatever they choose to grab prior to or during their murderous rampages is their biggest weakness.

Should the bump fire stock be banned? Simply, no. It would only be banned because it was used in the Las Vegas shooting, not because it increased the shooter’s effectiveness. That can be proven. Why ban something that can be proven to be less effective than a standard semi-automatic rifle? And we know what would happen if they were banned. Then the left would suddenly agree that the bump fire is less effective and that the AR-15 was the issue and they’d then focus on modern sporting rifles saying they are more deadly then the accessory they just banned.

The knock is always that the right is controlled by the NRA. I’ve been asked why the NRA is silent right now. I suspect there are two reasons. One is that now is not the time to argue. No matter how cute the left’s slogans are that now is the time to talk, it isn’t. Be respectful. Second, I suspect the NRA is choosing their battles. With the bump fire device being an accessory and not a firearm, the NRA likely recognizes that the Second Amendment does not apply directly to a bump fire stock. As I told a reporter on a radio show yesterday, if a rifle is manufactured with a bump fire stock then the Second Amendment would in fact apply to that rifle that happened to have a bump fire stock on it.

The right is always blamed for being funded to protect the Second Amendment. Because I don’t trust politicians because they’re controlled by money and lobbyists, I am grateful that the NRA has influence on some politicians. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that the left isn’t as equally well funded. Bloomberg money is just a start, but there is no shortage of anti-gun, anti-constitutional dollars out there specifically to continue lining the pockets of Democrats to go after all things gun related.

Finally, how dare the left say that the right does not have the right to pray for the families and friends affected by this horrible crime. Who are they to decide who can mourn and when? As long as Democrat-controlled cities with some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation continue to register some of the most jaw-dropping and disgusting murder numbers on a daily basis without so much as a shoutout let alone a prayer by any Democrat, they forfeit their right to throw shade onto anyone.

  • Erik Winter