House GOP member Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida is set to introduce legislation that will ban the use of the semi-automatic rifle modification called “bump stocks.”
This, of course, is a response to the news of the Las Vegas shooter using such a modification on several of the weapons used in his heinous attack. I’m still trying to understand the motive behind this horrific act. But here’s my take on the “bump stock” ban legislation.
First of all, I’ve seen many news segments referring to the Australian gun ban where some 600,000 weapons were confiscated and destroyed. That ain’t happening in America. We have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and that right shall not be infringed — certainly not banned. Now, with that being said, I have no issue with banning the use of “bump stocks.” And understand, I have several semi-automatic rifles, including two carbine type weapons, a Sig Sauer MPX 9mm and a F1 .223, along with two AR-15s. Why do I have them? Because I have a constitutional right to have them, and I find it very relaxing to go to the range and challenge myself target shooting.
For me it’s all about precision, discipline, and pushing my skills in accuracy. I do not hunt but if I did go out and do wild pig hunting, I’m able to do so. The issue about “bump stocks” doesn’t affect me. Why? Because I’m a law abiding American citizen and legal gun owner. I’m not looking to modify or enhance my weapons. However, I do wish that the insane regulation against me adding a vertical hand grip onto my MPX or F1 would cease to exist. I did a video about this with Defender Outdoors Range in Ft. Worth. The absurd idea that adding a vertical hand grip will turn my weapon into a short barrel rifle is nonsense — that “cosmetic” modification does nothing to increase or alter the ballistic capacity of my weapon.
And this is why I have no issue with the bump stock ban, because it does alter the ballistic capability and capacity of the firearm, the weapon. Now, does this mean criminals will adhere to this? Nope. Laws are only applicable to the law-abiding, something lost on the progressive socialist left and the gun control acolytes. However, if we are to ban “bump stocks,” then here is the accommodation that has to follow.
End the absurdity of regulations on “cosmetic” modifications to weapons that only serve to provide ease to the shooter, such as vertical hand grips. This does nothing to change the weapons ballistic capability, as a bump stock does.
Next, start easing the restrictions and heavy financial burden on the acquisition of suppressor devices for sportsmen.
Lastly, we need national reciprocity for legal law abiding gun owners; the Second Amendment is part of our rule of law. I should not be restricted anywhere in the United States from being able to exercise my Second Amendment right, especially after having successfully passed federal background checks, a state certification examination, and a certified firearms proficiency test.
Now, this ban on bump stocks isn’t some panacea. You can still create this modification via 3D production, meaning criminals will still do what they will. What really needs to be done about Las Vegas is ask, why did no one recognize a 64-year-old man carrying weapons containers and ammunition up to a hotel room? I tend to believe he had to make multiple trips carrying such, or perhaps did the Mandalay Bay bell service not notice this as he downloaded his vehicle?
Why didn’t the FBI, or even the ATF, recognize the mass purchase of these weapons and their caliber, along with the multiple purchases of the bump stock modification devices? Each time you purchase a firearm, there’s a background check done — not knowing the timeline of these purchases — but there should have been an alert triggered…ya know, excessive purchasing.
I have to ask, did this shooter just drive out into the deep desert to practice shooting? Because perhaps he would have drawn attention to himself if he was frequenting a firing range.
Look, I’m a gun owner, a Life, Endowment, Golden Eagle, and Patriot level member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Heck, I’m on the board of the organization. I firmly understand the intent of the Founding Fathers recognizing that the Second Amendment is there to protect our First Amendment, not just from foreign invasion, but from the tyranny of government, and from criminal elements. As Wayne LaPierre says, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun” — funny, we never hear the stories of how a firearm protected a life. That doesn’t fit the prevailing leftist gun control narrative.
What I don’t want to see happen here is the typical GOP cowardice. They get scared of rantings from the left and acquiesce, but NEVER demand anything of the left. What I want from Rep. Curbelo’s legislation is this: a ban on “bump stocks”, sure, but also his legislation must include national reciprocity, ending the restrictions on suppressors for sportsmen, ending the restrictions on cosmetic modifications to firearms (as I specified), and reaffirming that the Second Amendment is the law of the land and no state or municipality can restrict or infringe upon it.
If I were in Congress, I would support the aforementioned legislation…but not just a standalone ban on “bump stocks.” I know the left, and as they say in the Middle East, never let the camel get his nose under the tent; the rest of the body will follow. And never forget, there are countries which have banned the private ownership of firearms. They no longer have citizens, they have subjects. I will not live in fear, and I would assert that the reason we don’t have more Islamic terrorist attacks in America is because we can defend ourselves…and when they do happen, and where, they occur in places where we are disarmed…Ft. Hood, Orlando, San Bernardino, Chattanooga…
The National Rifle Association today issued the following statement:
“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. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world. In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations. In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans’ Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.”
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]