Since the Las Vegas shooting at the beginning of the month, the use of bump stocks to allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly has become a major point of debate with even many gun owners and Second Amendment advocates calling for it to be banned. One GOP lawmaker who is running for governor, though, is promoting them in a giveaway contest.
If you’re still not sure how a bump stock works, it’s an accessory for semi-automatic rifles that replaces the normal stock of the gun. As you pull the trigger, the recoil from the gun gets transferred by the bump stock into your trigger finger, causing you to fire the weapon at a much faster than you normally would. A semi-automatic gun requires the user to pull the trigger for each shot, but a bump stock allows a user to somewhat mimic the experience of firing a fully automatic rifle, which is heavily restricted under U.S. law.
In response to the calls for banning the add-on, Georgia state senator Michael Williams, who represents Forsyth County, has come out swinging. He called a possible ban an “attack on the Second Amendment, according to his gubernatorial campaign website.
“The tragedy in Las Vegas broke my heart, but any talk of banning or regulating bump stocks is merely cheap political lip service from career politicians,” Williams declared. “In reality, the bump stock is the new, shiny object politicians are using to deceive voters into believing they are taking action against gun violence.
“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,” he continued.
Judging by the fact the bump stocks continually jostle the user’s hand during firing, that claim seems to hold weight.
“There is zero evidence that banning bump stocks would prevent any gun violence deaths,” Williams added. “Georgia’s gun owners deserve a governor who will stand with them when liberals and Hollywood elites attack our fundamental rights.”
Williams continued, “If politicians wanted to have a real conversation on reducing gun violence, they would be discussing mental health awareness, and ways to reduce the weekly bloodbath in Chicago and other inner cities. You cannot regulate evil out of existence. Blaming guns or bump stocks for the actions of a lunatic, is the same as blaming McDonald’s for heart disease.”
And that’s why the senator wants to support bump stocks by hosting a giveaway contest for one free bump stock. Participants are asked to enter in their information for a chance to win.
If Williams wins the gubernatorial race, he would replace Republican governor Nathan Deal, who has maxed out his terms, according to The Washington Times. Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association is pushing for a review of bump stocks to see if they really are legal under current law, according to The Daily Caller.
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