Some Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Are Against More Gun Control

Some Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Are Against More Gun Control

Bump stocks, a device legal in some states that can be installed on a sem-automatic weapon to allow it to fire more rounds per minute, was used by a gunman in a Las Vegas shooting on Sunday that killed 58 people and injured more than 500 more.

Other proposals introduced in Congress this year have included allowing concealed-carry permits to apply across state lines and a bill that was expected to come up in short order until the mass shooting in Las Vegas that would make it easier for more people to buy suppressors, which limits the sound and light emitted from a firedg a weapon.

"Bump stocks" originally were meant to help people with limited hand mobility fire a semi-automatic without the individual trigger pulls required.

Texas Rep. Bill Flores, a gun owner, told The Hill,"I think they should be banned".

A makeshift memorial is seen next to the site of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 3, 2017.

The National Rifle Association, normally quiet in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings, released a statement on Thursday calling for more regulation of bump stocks.

House and Senate Democrats have introduced bills banning bump stocks and similar devices, like trigger cranks, that can accelerate the firing rate of a semi-automatic weapon to almost that of a machine gun.

The White House also said Thursday that it was opening to regulating the devices - but wants to hear more information on the matter before making a final determination. While he has not endorsed anything specific, Mr. Trump recently said, "We will be talking about gun laws as time goes by" which gives me room for optimism; Mr. Trump can be the gun control advocate President Barack Obama was not - imagine that?

Craig Baenziger, a manager at Northeast Trading Company in North Attleboro, told the Herald that bump stocks could easily be handmade out of PVC and that his shop has never sold them.

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Many Republicans echoed Ryan, saying the entire concept of bump stocks was new to them and holding off from a commitment to the call for a legislative ban. In essence, it uses the momentum of the gun's recoil to rapidly bump the trigger, allowing the gun to fire much faster, albeit with less accuracy.

Meanwhile, similar legislation to regulate bump stocks in emerging in the House of Representatives.

"I've got to confess, I really don't know what bump stocks do", said Robert Cottrol, a law professor and staunch Second Amendment supporter at George Washington University.

"Automatic weapons are illegal", Wisconsin Sen. "So we'll see what kind of legislation is proposed".

Gun laws, the NRA said in its statement, do "nothing to prevent future attacks".

President Donald Trump visited Las Vegas on Wednesday but said "We're not going to talk about that today" when asked about gun issues.

"I told you before I didn't think anything was likely to happen", he said Thursday.

For now, at least, bipartisan support on a bill restricting bump stocks allows Republicans and Democrats to say they passed something - anything - in response to the massacre in Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history. The shooting was the deadliest in modern US history.

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