It’s no secret that some Republicans love the 2nd Amendment so much that they’ll do anything to guarantee their access to firearms—even when it means standing by gun laws that are truly nonsensical and dangerous. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting earlier this month, lawmakers of many ideological stripes finally began asking some serious questions about whether or not certain kinds of devices that have no other purpose than killing should be available to the general public. Specifically they were referring to bump stocks—a device that can be attached to a semiautomatic rifle which allows it to fire rounds of bullets (up to 500 per minute) as fast as a machine gun.
Bump stocks are so deadly that even the NRA came out and said it was open to reviewing and tightening regulations on them.
But even this small policy concession is too much for the Georgia Republicans running for governor
the state. They’re so cuckoo for bump stocks that not only do they not want to ban them, but one candidate actually pledged to give one away to a lucky winner!
“Many firearms experts determined the Las Vegas shooter’s use of a bump stock actually prevented more casualties and injuries due to its inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control. There is zero evidence that banning bump stocks would prevent any gun violence deaths,” [state Sen. Michael Williams said].
Williams said he will give away a bump stock “to one lucky winner” in a show of defiance as momentum grows for more restrictions in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Take note: according to Williams, the fact that the Las Vegas shooter was able to fire 90 shots in about 10 seconds, killing 58 people and injuring almost 500 more, was somehow a good thing because it allegedly might have saved lives…? Williams eagerly ignores the hard facts around the ridiculously high rate of mass shootings in the U.S. and actually wants to use the Las Vegas tragedy to promote bump stocks. He loves bump stocks so much that he’s ready to give them out as prizes. How’s that for unbelievable?