After the massacre at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas claimed the lives of 60 people this weekend with hundreds more being wounded, the National Rifle Association (NRA) capitulated to their opponents and gave their full support for new gun control measures meant to ban bump stocks.
This is completely unacceptable in the eyes of Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), the liberty-minded legislator who was voted into office because of the momentum of the Ron Paul revolution and tea party movement. He was sent to office to stand for the Constitution, not to turn his back on it as soon as the going got tough.
“We’re asking the Trump ATF to be stricter on gun owners than the Obama ATF,” Massie said during an interview with the Washington Examiner.
Massie explained that the ATF ruled back in 2010 under the Obama administration not to ban bump stocks. The GOP under President Trump is apparently prepared to backslide to more restrictive gun control than the Obama administration, at the behest of the NRA.
“I don’t think you can read a ban on bump fire stocks into existing law,” Massie said.
“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. Despite being notoriously inaccurate and rarely used, they have become the center of contentious debate following the incident.
Massie believes that we should never give our opponents – the enemies of the Constitution – an inch in this war to restore our Republic. The NRA’s approach of surrender is wrongheaded and dangerous, he believes.
“I think it’s bad, it sets a bad precedent,” Massie said, referring to the NRA’s craven behavior following the Las Vegas shooting.
“There are at least a dozen ways to make a semi-automatic firearm more quickly,” he said. “There is no way to ban bump fire.”
This is not the first time the NRA has pushed for gun control. They were influential in pushing for the The National Firearms Act of 1934. The NRA President during that time, Karl T. Frederick, told Congress: “I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.” The NRA was also influential in creating a 1968 law sharply restricting mail-order firearms while taking gun rights away from those classified by the government as mentally ill and drug abusers.