Las Vegas shooting: NRA urges new regulations on 'bump stock' devices

Frederick Owens
October 8, 2017

It was supposed to be the euphoric climax of a three-day festival celebrating country music.

Paddock checked into Mandalay Bay on September 28, where he stayed until he carried out his deadly massacre on Sunday. Because of the Las Vegas shooting, that bill is now shelved, but when things die down, expect its progress to resume.

The National Rifle Association, which has played a major role in exerting political pressure against gun curbs, did not respond to inquiries about its stance on Feinstein's bill. Never mind that one needs photographic identification to do the former and, in still many places, not the latter.

Englund also said: "An ongoing and continual investment into our mental health system is imperative to reduce the threat of gun violence".

Technology will continue to increase the killing power of guns.

According to the Small Arms Survey, the exact number of civilian-owned firearms is impossible to pinpoint because of a variety of factors including arms that go unregistered, the illegal trade and global conflict.

Manchin, who co-sponsored the failed bill that would have expanded background checks, said Tuesday, "I come from a gun state and I am a protector of Second Amendment rights and I understand these people's fear".

"Look, I didn't even know what they were until earlier this week", House Speaker Paul Ryan told MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt on Thursday.

"I own a lot of guns and as a hunter and sportsman". Gun stocks often spike following mass shootings on fears of stricter gun control. The magazine known as Mother Jones tracked mass shootings from 1982 to 2012 in the U.S. and found that for every one killer who obtained a firearm illegally nearly five killers obtained theirs legally.

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"We have to get more education on what they are", Ryan said.

Several Republicans, who typically oppose gun restrictions, signalled they were open to the idea. And regulations covering the sale of firearms are looser now that they were just a few months ago.

The Republican Party, the party that treats unrestricted gun ownership as a constitutional right, controls the Congress and the president, Donald Trump, campaigned against gun control. "And we're expecting hearings and other important fact finding efforts on that and we want to be a part of that discussion and we are certainly open to that moving forward". But what they leave out is that mass shootings were uncommon in Australia before guns were confiscated so the statistics are largely meaningless.

The shooting has prompted renewed calls from Democrats for tighter gun laws, though it is unlikely the Republican-controlled Congress will take up such measures.

But he does not fit into the profile of most mass shooters or even the "lone wolves" recruited online by Islamic State (ISIS).

Gun Owners of America executive director Erich Pratt defended the use of bump stocks, stating that gun advocates use them for entertainment.

"I think we are on the verge of a breakthrough when it comes to sensible gun policy", Curbelo told reporters Thursday.

There are about 176,000 pre-1986 machine guns registered with the USA government that can be legally transferred, and they typically cost tens of thousands of dollars. To show otherwise, the left includes homeowners protecting their property, hunting accidents, police shootings, gang shootings, home accidents, etc.

Venezuela and El Salvador also top the charts over the same five-year period, with 52 and 49 gun-related deaths, respectively, for every 100,000 of the population.

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