The mass shooting in Las Vegas was the worst in modern U.S. history. As a result, even some Republicans are open to gun control in response.
There are a few conservatives and libertarians, however, who aren’t going to go along. Republican Congressman Thomas Massie on Kentucky has admitted what all gun owners know to be true: “There is no way to ban bump fire”.
Those seeking government action in response to a mass shooting are almost never gun owners themselves. Their main education on the subject generally comes from Hollywood films, That’s also why they often incorrectly refer to suppressors as silencers.
A bump stock isn’t the only way to produce bump fire
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and others are leading the charge to ban bump stocks, or bump fire stocks, in response to Las Vegas. The shooter reportedly had multiple semi-automatic firearms outfitted with the external accessory which is designed to simulate automatic fire.
Although this appears at first glance to be a logical attempt at legislation, it will be entirely inconsequential. In addition to the fact that anyone with a 3D printer can print a bump stock in their own home, there is the fact that bump stocks aren’t the only way to increase the fire rate of a semi-automatic rifle.
Massie pointed that out during a recent interview. As he explained, “There are at least a dozen ways to make a semi-automatic firearm more quickly.” One of the most simple and cheapest ways is to simply attach rubber bands to the receiver.
Of course, methods such as rubber bands are even less accurate and effective as the bump stock in replicating automatic fire. While the rate of fire is increased, accuracy is diminished ever further. Most gun owners rightly reject such methods as gimmicks.
Still, the methods available to produce bump fire with a semi-automatic are numerous. There is simply no way for the government to ban such activity.
Massie is right to point that out as a key reason for his opposition to increasing gun control in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
(Photo of U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie speaking at the 2015 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. by Gage Skidmore.)