There are multiple areas where we can make bipartisan progress towards reducing gun violence before infringing on the legitimate rights of tens of millions of harmless & decent gun owners. That's how it should be IMO.
I'm totally down with that, absolutely, hell we should try anything, something, but I don't think it is going to work.
If there was a chance we'd make this sort of move, we'd have done it after a bunch of little children were gunned down in an elementary school. Yet nothing has changed
. Nothing...except for the quality of the weaponry. It just keeps getting better, and therefore easier to kill lots of people.
Bump stocks. Did it really take 58 country music-loving citizens to die (and another 500 to get injured, some shot through the head I imagine, so not much living going on there) before someone who is supposed to anticipate these things (Our elected reps? Owned and operated by the NRA?) realized that the ability to convert a semi-auto to full auto might be A Bad Thing? All these years of "gun huggers" pointing out how stupid the "gun grabbers" are for confusing semi-autos with automatics, meanwhile they knew damn well these things are coming on the market, giving the next nut case full auto, and not a fucking peep. But wouldn't want to interfere with the #fullautofriday spraygasm.
Based on what the bump stocks are made out of, they're just a quick 3D print job in a basement. We'll be seeing them again in the next shooting.
This story didn't get much notice, because of the Vegas shooting...
http://wreg.com/2017/10/05/police-man-c ... is-coming/
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. — New information has been released about the man caught carrying numerous weapons and more than 900 rounds of ammunition in east Tennessee.
According to CBS affiliate WJHL, Scott Edmisten was “unsteady” and “very angry” when authorities pulled him over during a traffic stop this week.
...An inventory of his vehicle recovered a loaded .357 magnum, a loaded .45 semi auto, a full auto AR rifle in .223 caliber, a full auto AR rifle in .308 caliber, over 900 rounds of ammunition, a mask and black fatigues. Neither of the full auto rifles were registered and the serial numbers were gone.
Four other guns were reportedly discovered inside the suspect’s home as officer’s executed a search warrant. One had been altered to make it fully automatic. Investigators also found about $6,000 worth of ammunition that hadn’t been opened.
Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal told the Associated Press while guns and ammunition are common in Tennessee, it was “odd” for all the guns and clips to be loaded. In addition, he said, when people have survival gear with them, they are usually going hunting, but that didn’t seem to be the case.
Oh he was going hunting, alright. Would have been two unrelated mass shootings days apart.
Why should politicians do anything as simple as take baby steps to resolve gun related issues? It's a magnificently profitable wedge issue for both sides. Today's convenient beté noir are the NRA and their mouth breathing racist
fever swamp supporters but there are dollars and votes aplenty on the other side as well.
This vitriolic and virtue signaling debate increases our mutual disgust of each other. Leftist politicians made people like me complicit in the LV carnage and stained with the blood of victims. Gun rights politicians characterize people like you as guilty of trying to disarm the populace so we're defenseless against criminals, terrorists, and the ever growing police state.
Gun rights advocates "know" the left's end game is to get the US as close to Australian gun laws as possible despite their blatant lies. Similarly, abortion rights
treat tiny abortion restrictions as armageddon. They "know" the end game is a total abortion ban. Most of us are more nuanced in our thinking but we're driven towards extreme binary positions by fear (see Trump vs. Hillary).
The playbook on all this stuff is pre-written and ready to go by both sides at a moments notice. The checks will keep rolling in, the animosity will increase, and the unraveling will continue.