In the wake of a Las Vegas massacre that is being called the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has indicated that he would “look at” banning bump stocks which were reportedly used by the gunman on Sunday to commit his attack.
“We’re looking at that too. I wasn’t familiar with them until this came up. So we’re looking at that and studying the issue,” Paul said as he was questioned by a reporter regarding the possibility of passing Congressional legislation banning bump stocks. “It’s a terrible tragedy, and we should look at it.”
“Bump stocks” are accessories added onto semi-automatic rifles in order to simulate the firing style of an automatic weapon. They were found on weapons allegedly used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock to kill 60 people and wound hundreds more at a country music festival. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has even capitulated and come out in favor of additional gun control, but Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is skeptical that new rules and regulations regarding bump stocks are necessary.
“There are myriad laws that prohibit him from doing what he did. I would ask: What law would have prevented it?” Lee said, posing a question to gun control proponents.
Lee warned Congress not to rush headlong into creating new laws before knowing all of the facts of exactly what happened. He urges caution as passions run high following the carnage at Mandalay Bay.
“I think there are deep cultural problems that sometimes can cause this kind of behavior and result in it. Those are more difficult to address than a simple change to the law, but it’s not the change in the law that is going to protect us from people doing bad things,” Lee said during an appearance on the “Michael in the Morning” podcast.
With the Republicans controlling the House, the Senate and the Presidency, it would be nothing short of a devastating betrayal if a gun control bill was passed and signed into law before Obamacare repeal or a tax cut.