Scott Mackay Commentary: Time To Get Serious About Guns

Concert-goers flee after a hail of gunshots rained down on them from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel

GETTY IMAGES Concert-goers flee after a hail of gunshots rained down on them from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel

The gunsmith and owner of Flint Hills Gun Works said he has only installed two bump stocks before.

"We want to outlaw these devices and prevent anyone from trying to circumvent the automatic weapons laws of our state", Senate Minorty Leader Bruce Tarr said in a statement. Under current law, machine guns - weapons that fire multiple rounds with a single trigger pull - are nearly completely banned in the United States, as are devices that convert rifles to do so. Closing this loophole does not restrict gun rights; it simply comports with the intent of existing firearms laws.

The Las Vegas shooter used bump stocks to modify his semi automatic weapons. "But since the gun moves in the stock, you're just shooting a general area, you're not shooting a specific target".

Bump stocks - devices used to convert semi-automatic weapons to automatic - were found among Paddock's guns and explain why victims heard what sounded like an automatic weapon fire when he killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more. Even the National Rifle Association acknowledged the devices should be subject to regulation. With a bump stock, a semi-automatic rifle can fire nine rounds a second, authorities say.

It's not every day - or every year or every decade - you see Republicans raising questions about whether Democrats were tough enough on gun control when they were in power. Tim Scott (S.C.) requested in a letter that the Trump administration review the devices, while President Trump said on Thursday he would be open to legislation that would ban the device. But people are less capable now than in the past to distinguish between fantasy and reality, and so we have massacres like Las Vegas. "That being said, we didn't say 'ban, ' we didn't say 'confiscate'". "Legislation would make crystal clear that Congress is banning all devices that allow a weapon to achieve an automatic rate of fire, regardless of how a weapon is altered". Twelve of the weapons Paddock had with him in his Las Vegas killing perch were equipped with the Bump Stock device.

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"The bump stocks are selling very, very quickly, because folks feel that if tighter gun control laws are enacted they won't be able to get them, so they're buying them up nationwide", Ahern says.

At about 2.30pm, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said during a briefing that "we're certainly open to having that conversation" on regulating bump stocks. Congress has a responsibility to allow the Center for Disease Control to study gun violence in effort to reduce the number of deaths and make a safer environment.

KELLYANNE CONWAY, adviser to President Donald Trump: "It was President Obama's ATF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, in 2010 that decided not to regulate this device".

Past year the Nebraska Legislature debated and approved on first round a bill that would have barred its town and cities from enacting stricter limits on gun laws than state law allows.

I have seen a lot of anger on social media about people "politicizing" a tragedy and how we should never actually talk about solutions to the tragedy, we should only continue to be saddened by it. Because, as the polls repeatedly tell us, people overwhelmingly support what gun-control people like to call "commonsense" gun laws.

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