In the wake of the slaughter in Las Vegas this week, the U.S. National Rifle Association is urging Congress to outlaw ‘bump-stocks’. A bump-stock basically turns a semi-automatic weapon into a fully-automatic weapon. The Las Vegas killer had twelve rifles fitted with bump-stocks in his hotel room.
The group [NRA] said: “Devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
Republicans have said they would consider banning the tool, despite years of resisting any gun control.
Lawmakers plan to hold hearings and consider a bill to outlaw the device.
The NRA called on Thursday for regulators to “immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law”.
“In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented,” NRA chiefs Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox wrote in the statement…
Is this the voice of the Wayne LaPierre we all know and hate?
Well, at least those of us who respect the rights of citizens to live in safety, and without the fear of encountering a gun-toting madman while enjoying a music concert.
Yes, it is that same Wayne LaPierre, and the BBC report goes on to explain the twisted reasoning behind his ‘apparent’ change of attitude towards legal controls:
…In the same statement the NRA urged Congress to pass their longstanding pet proposal to expand gun rights nationwide, [the] so-called right-to-carry reciprocity.
The lobby group wants gun-owners with concealed-carry permits from one state to be allowed to take their weapons into any other US state, even if it has stricter firearms limits.
So, basically LaPierre is prepared to accept the legal outlawing of bump-stocks, if the U.S. government will pass legislation over-riding that of states sufficiently sane as to not allow their citizens to wander around in public with firearms concealed on their person.
LaPierre will never change his spots, even though he’s more reminiscent of a snake, than a leopard.
NOTE: Since the Las Vegas massacre, the BBC report that, Slide Fire, the company who manufacture bump-stocks:
… had sold out “due to extreme high demands” since the Las Vegas shooting.
There are some very, very, sick people in America.
 “Las Vegas shooting: NRA urges new rules for gun ‘bump-stocks'” BBC, October 5th 2017