Gun Rights Groups Break with NRA: Bump Stock Control Is Gun Control

Sen. Dean Heller R-Nev

Sen. Dean Heller R-Nev

On Oct. 1, 64 year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at a music festival along the Las Vegas strip from a nearby hotel, killing at least 58 and inuring 489. The firearm control debate has been a prominent issue in the 21st century and will certainly continue to be as long as mass shootings continue to happen.

"It nearly ensures that there will be more incidents like Las Vegas, Newtown, Orlando, and Aurora", he said. Despite their tragedy, they are cliche.

As is tradition with mass shootings, the GOP will rush to say that there's nothing to be done to prevent these kinds of tragedies.

"We don't believe that bans have ever worked on anything".

We wake up to tweets, news coverage, on-scene videos and pictures with the words 'Pray for *insert city name*' on social media way too often regarding preventable mass shootings. Nonetheless, recent acts of gun violence, including the mass shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida and the summer attack on the congressional GOP baseball practice, have failed to alter the sharp partisan divide.

In 2013, President Barack Obama told the FBI to lower its interpretation of a mass shooting for statistical purposes from four to three fatalities, but the bureau still has no "by the books" definition.

In a move some observers considered a startling breakthrough, the NRA joined the chorus of voices calling for debate on the "bump stock" device. We won't pretend to have the answers, but there must be some explanation as to why these incidents are far more common here than anywhere else.

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Perhaps it would help if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were allowed to study gun violence in the first place. An amendment to a 1996 spending bill, the Dickey Amendment, makes it almost impossible for the CDC to research the matter without risking its own funding.

I also feel a need to ask: what is more important to you, your Second Amendment rights and the ease with which Americans can buy guns, or lives being saved? As things stand now, retail gun shops must put would-be buyers through background checks and a waiting period, whereas gun shows and private sales have no such requirements. It's an interpretive issue and they need to get the job done. We know that there are times when an individual must trade his or her rights to ensure everyone's security. What's the tangible difference? You've also heard several times about our Constitutional Rights to possess firearms, the city of Chicago's rampant gun violence despite strict gun laws and arguments for personal protection. Look at Chicago, they'll say.

This is as good a time as any to sit down and discuss gun control laws.

Illinois Democrats and progressive organizations exhausted of waiting for substantive gun reforms say the time for action is now following the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

But this argument misses the fact that any restrictions in Chicago are made null by the fact that you can just hop across the border to in and buy your guns there.

If that were true, we might as well have no laws at all. Companies are responsible for the safety of their workers in the same way that the government is responsible for the safety of its citizens.

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