One of the worst acts of violence in American history occurred in Las Vegas last week, and liberals have turned it into anti-gun propaganda.
A deranged shooter took the lives of over 50 individuals and injured hundreds more as a result of rifles equipped with bump stock modifications.
And while liberals are pushing for anti-gun legislation as a result, one Republican Congressman just took the first step towards it—and pushed his voters away as a result.
Representative Carlos Curbelo just introduced legislation that would prevent the acquisition of bump stock accessories for rifles.
The argument is that bump stocks allow one to fire at an increased rate, similar to that of an automatic rifle — but a bump stock is merely an accessory that modifies a rifle, not convert it into an automatic weapon.
Breitbart News reports:
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) put forward a gun control bill Tuesday designed to ban the manufacture, sale, or possession of bump stock accessories in the United States.
Breitbart News reported that Barack Obama’s ATF approved bump stocks for sale because they are accessories, not conversion devices. In other words, they do not convert a semiautomatic into an automatic. Curbelo gets around this with legislation that bans accessories that “increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic 16 rifle but [do] not convert” it into an automatic.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced a bill with very similar language, and Breitbart News reported that the breadth of the ban means it will outlaw bump stocks, trigger cranks, and so much more.
Curbelo’s bill, which is yet to be titled, focuses on accessories that speed the rate of fire for a semiautomatic without turning it into a fully automatic weapon. The language is broad and all-encompassing: “[The bill will] prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun, and for other purposes.”
As Breitbart News has reported, the same effect one gets from a bump stock can be duplicated with nothing but the human finger and a belt loop. Will Curbelo ban belt loops too?
So far, Rep. Curbelo is one of eleven Republicans to turn against their voters and claim they are open to gun control legislation, though none of them have yet backed his new proposal.
While Democrats are calling for stricter gun regulations, Republicans in Congress should be protecting Second Amendment freedoms rather than pursuing further regulations.
The tragedy in Las Vegas occurred at the hands of a madman — not because he had access to firearms accessories.
Do you believe that bump stocks are only an accessory and do not pose a threat to citizens if handled correctly?
Do you think Representative Curbelo is betraying his voter base by pushing for new gun control legislation?
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