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Bump fire stocks might be changed, but by whom?

08 October 2017

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, Republicans on Capitol Hill have shown deep reluctance to consider any gun legislation, anxious that Democrats will use the shooting as a pretext to restrict law-abiding citizens' Second Amendment rights. Almost 12,000 people have been killed in gun violence as 273 mass shootings have occurred so far in the USA in 2017, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a not-for-profit corporation that tracks gun-related violence in America. One of the first laws Trump signed permitted 75,000 people deemed too mentally ill to manage their financial affairs to buy guns.

In the video above, Rep. Andre Carson discusses the gun control debate in an interview with CBS4's Bob Donaldson. "That was approved by the ATF in 2010 and 2012, so why would we defend that?" "But this is only a first step", she added.

The panel's recommendations eventually led to passage of a wide-ranging 2014 law that mandated background checks for all private gun sales and required MA to join a national instant criminal background database that would include pertinent mental health information.

"As recently as 2009, Democrats left gun safety off their priority list, despite firm control of Congress and the White House", Peter Ambler, co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, told ABC News.

Starting at 10:08 p.m. Sunday, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, fired hundreds of rounds from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. If it's shown that laws could reduce gun violence and gun deaths - according to the Gun Violence Archive, it takes 28 days in Chicago to match those 58 gun deaths; those victims, by the way, are overwhelmingly poor, black and male - people might insist that politicians try to do something about the issue.

In the same statement, the NRA urged Congress to pass their longstanding pet proposal to expand gun rights nationwide, so-called right-to-carry reciprocity.

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Notably, the nation's other leading gun lobbying groups, including Gun Owners of America, reiterated their opposition to restricting or banning the devices.

"We don't sell a lot of tactical accessories, we focus more on hunting", Kucera said.

I feel a sense of urgency to do something, and I hope that that spreads to most people, because we really can not continue to allow this to happen and grow, because it will get worse.

But it would be notable if Washington's tangible response to the latest tragedy is more than thoughts and prayers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stuck out as one of the only members of Republican congressional leadership who had not indicated he was on board.

Las Vegas police say Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, is a "person of interest". It was a surprising shift for the leading gun industry group, which in recent years has resolutely opposed any gun regulations. What we know is that many were heroes helping to save lives. It is extremely rare for the ATF to reconsider its previous guidance unless federal law changes - so rare that experts could think of only one time when it has happened, and even then they weren't sure their memories were correct.

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Congress has refused to computerize gun registration.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) last week said bump stocks "should be subject to additional regulations", though it stopped short of calling for new legislation on guns. "The American people deserve a vote on legislation that will curb gun violence, including reinstating an assault weapons ban and instituting new restrictions on gun trafficking".

The fantasy is that we need guns to solve problems.

After something like this, or after something like Sandy Hook, where you have 20 little kids who are mowed down, why can't you change laws in your country?

No community should have to fear going to the movies, a concert, or dropping their child off at school, said Ami Bera, the three-term Congressman from California. "I wanted to get their take on [bump stocks] before we considered selling 'em", Ostrom said.

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Bump fire stocks might be changed, but by whom?