Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) is taking a stand for gun control by calling for a ban on bump stocks following Stephen Paddock’s use of the devices in the Las Vegas attack.
Although Paddock used the devices criminally, Flores says “typical gun owners” do not need them either.
According to the Hill, Flores said he did not know what a bump stock was until news of the Vegas attack informed him. After the attack he said, “I think they should be banned.” He said he does not know a reason why people need “to own anything that converts a semi-automatic to something that behaves like an automatic.” He added, “There’s no reason for it.”
I’ll admit my firearms knowledge pretty much stops at what I’ve seen on TV and read in books. I had no idea that bump stocks even existed. Everything I’ve read since the Las Vegas shooting says bump stocks aren’t used by serious shooters, and are seen as a kind of toy. I’d liken a bump stock to expensive rims on a car, or rear spoilers on a primer-colored 1984 Toyota Corolla. It’s not something that you’d use for anything other than you had the money to spend on it.
I figured that a bump stock ban would be coming, however. In fact as soon as the media announced Stephen Paddock used one to turn his guns “fully automatic” (which is not what they do as I understand it) I knew there would be an effort to ban them. It makes sense in a way. It’s an expensive toy, it’s not something that’s used by a majority of gun owners. You could craft a narrowly targeted bill without too much trouble that would only affect bump stocks. Banning these toys would be much easier than trying to craft a general gun ban that would make its way through Congress and past Trump’s veto pen.
I think Flores’ bump stock ban is going to be the GOP’s effort at a compromise with the Democrats. Give them this little bit so they’ll shut up and stop trying to take everyone’s guns because of the actions of one person (or a super-secret CIA trained ISIS hit squad using random guy Paddock as a patsy). It’s a worthy effort to try to steer the discussion away from complete totalitarianism. It’s also worth nothing that there’s no way in hell this bill will prevent any shootings, mass or otherwise. Still, though, the GOP has to at least try.
Rosneck said gun control was coming. Looks like he was right.