Recent, highly-publicized shootings have empowered the liberal media to once again go after our gun rights. Democrats in Washington always try to take the easy way out. When something terrible happens, they look for the simplest, least effective answer. Instead of, obviously, looking at the real sources of violence.
Liberals in D.C. have tried to use the recent horrible tragedy in Las Vegas to push for greater gun control. While fighting to erode our Second Amendment rights have always been a losing battle for the left, they frequently look to find new ways to limit Americans’ access to firearms.
The latest push by Democratic lawmakers has been to try to ban bump stock devices. According to reports, the Las Vegas shooter used one of these modification. In response to this attack on the Second Amendment, the NRA urged the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to weigh in on the matter. This would give this bureau greater power to regulate our freedoms, more than even Congress or the White House.
Representative Thomas Massie, is not happy about that.
The Republican leader of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus blasted the National Rifle Association’s stance on how the federal government should deal with “bump stocks,” and said it’s a recipe for the Trump administration to search for new gun restrictions in the law where there are none.
“I think it’s a horrible idea, to ask the ATF to contort existing law,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner on Thursday. “I think it sets a bad precedent…”
First, he noted that the Obama administration itself looked at existing law to see whether these accessories should be banned, and decided against it. Massie said Obama’s team most likely pushed as hard as it could to find a way to regulate these items, and failed, and that Trump’s team would be unlikely to find a more aggressive rationale.
“We’re asking the Trump ATF to be stricter on gun owners than the Obama ATF,” he said. [Source: The Washington Examiner]
Let Massie’s words sink in for a minute. In seeking regulation from the ATF, the NRA want’s Trump’s administration to be more restrictive than Obama’s. Remember, Obama was one of the most liberal administrations in American history. He even once said he regretted not pushing for more gun control during his time in office.
Yet for some reason, the NRA wants the pro-Second Amendment Trump administration to ban something Obama said was okay? That’s backwards, friends.
Rep. Massie is willing to confront the National Rifle Association on this matter, because he understands that banning bump stocks can leader to greater restrictions.
Massie warned that justifying a ban or more restrictions on bump stocks might also lead to other restrictions that aren’t in the law, but could be created through regulation. He said it’s possible the exercise could result in limits on high-capacity magazines.
More broadly, Massie said it makes no sense for Congress to abdicate its responsibility and allow regulators to decide the issue. [Source: The Washington Examiner]
Make no mistake: a ban on bump stocks will move us closer to a ban on all guns. Over time, liberals continue to find ways to limit Americans’ access to firearms. They want to live in a country without a Second Amendment entirely. We cannot let them win.
Thankfully, leaders like Massie are making sure they won’t.