You can take the republican out of New York City, but can you ever get all of the New York City out of the republican?
That’s a question that a great many conservative Americans are asking themselves today after the President of the United States took an unprecedented swipe at the right to bear arms…at least in principle.
In the wake of last week’s horrific school shooting in Florida, liberal Americans have, once again, exploited those affected in order to push their pathetic, anti-gun agenda. Ignoring the fact that shooter Nikolas Cruz was a young man with severe mental illness who had been on the radar of authorities nearly four dozen times in recent months is no problem for the liberal left, who have once again begun campaigning to alter or alleviate the Second Amendment in this time of mourning.
Cruz’s crime occurred just over 4 months after retired millionaire, (and illegal arms dealer), Stephen Paddock was found dead in his 32nd floor suite after allegedly mowing down nearly 60 concert goers from his improvised sniper’s nest in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Paddock was believed to be using a “bump stock” in order to increase his rate of fire – a perfectly legal piece of equipment.
“President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has recommended that ‘bump stocks’ — devices used to make semi-automatic weapons capable of firing hundreds of rounds per minute — be banned.
“‘After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed [Sessions] to clarify whether certain bump stock devices like the one used in Las Vegas are illegal under current law,’ Trump said at a White House event honoring first responders.
“‘That process began in December, and just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,’ Trump said.”
The use of the word “machine gun” will likely be a sticking point for gun rights advocates, who are correct in claiming that bump stocks do not make a machine gun out of a semi-automatic rifle, no matter how many times you use the word “assault” in your description.
Bump stocks are merely recoil-harnessing devices that allow faster pulls of the trigger. Even after such a modification, these weapons are semi-automatic, meaning that every round of ammunition requires a pull of the trigger.
If the government is attempting to regulate the efficiency of citizens’ weapons, we are in for one hell of a legal battle.