Tragedy has struck Las Vegas this past weekend. A gunman in a high place with an unimaginable arsenal fired down on a crowd of concert goer killing at least fifty-eight and injuring five hundred or more. My heart goes out to the survivors and the family of the victims and I’ll echo the chant that is being shouted, “Something must be done!” I just don’t know what that something is.
It seems the guns were all legally purchased. About half of these AR15 style weapons had been modified with a bump stock, a device that greatly increases the rate of fire to approach that of a full automatic by causing the trigger to bounce against the finger on every recoil. Technically these are legal without the FFL and tax required for ownership of a full auto weapon. That’s because it doesn’t modify the gun it just uses the recoil force to leverage the finger pull on the trigger.
After their notoriety from this past weekend’s tragedy that is about to change. Sen. Dianne Feinstein will introduce a bill in congress that states:
“It shall be unlawful for any person to import, sell, manufacture, possess a trigger crank, a bump fire device or any accessory that functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle,”
There have already been a couple of Texas Republican senators that have stated they would vote for this bill. I don’t oppose it. It’s a feel good only bill but I think we need something to feel good about after this weekend.
The reason I’m calling it a feel good bill is that the bump stock is a very low tech modification. Before this tragedy and the proposed legislation these could be found for as little as $40. Cabella’s was selling them in their store and even Walmart was carrying them for a while. There would be no problem in developing a .STI file for 3D printing these things and I’m sure a crafty person could make one out of household trash.
Still, ban them. No one needs them for anything other than an adrenaline rush at the local rifle range. Try firing one of these and you will be lucky to actually hit the target you are shooting at. Until we find out what the real something that we need to do is this can fill in and maybe help people feel like we are doing something to curb the violence.
Maybe it will even start us talking and learning that what ever that something is it isn’t singular.