Before it was discovered that Stephen Paddock used multiple bump stocks to enhance his ability to kill almost 60 people in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 and injure many more, most people didn’t know what a bump stock was.
A bump stock is an add-on for semi-automatic rifles that essentially uses the gun’s recoil to allow the user to pull the trigger faster than they normally could, somewhat mimicking the rapid rate of fire that machine guns have, according to CNN.
Bump stocks are legal to purchase and use, but after the shooting in Las Vegas, quite a few people on both sides of the aisle are calling for restrictions to be placed on them. During an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, shooting victim Rep. Steve Scalise cautioned lawmakers about moving too quickly on a ban without taking time to get fully educated on bump stocks.
Some individuals and media outlets, like CNN, are using YouTube videos to learn about and educate others on what bump stocks are and how they work. However, YouTube’s leadership has decided to take a very different course.
According to Tech Crunch, the online video giant has decided to ban all bump stock videos on its site.
In a statement to Tech Crunch, YouTube said, “We have long had a policy against harmful and dangerous content. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we took a closer look at videos that demonstrate how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly and we expanded our existing policy to prohibit these videos.”
A portion of YouTube’s policy reads: “Videos that we consider to encourage dangerous or illegal activities include instructional bomb making, choking games, hard drug use, or other acts where serious injury may result. A video that depicts dangerous acts may be allowed if the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic (EDSA), and it isn’t gratuitously graphic. For example, a news piece on the dangers of choking games would be appropriate, but posting clips out of context from the same documentary might not be.”
Meanwhile, a complaint has been filed against bump stock manufacturer Slide Fire Solutions Inc., according to Bloomberg.
The complaint, filed in Clark County District Court, says, “This horrific assault did not occur, could not occur, and would not have occurred with a conventional handgun, rifle, or shotgun, of the sort used by law-abiding responsible gun owners for hunting or self-defense.”
But other people are wondering why the focus continues to be on the tools Paddock used to commit his atrocity. For some, focusing on the weapons is political, but for others, it’s hard to focus on the evil nature of the gunman when his motive is still unknown.
Even as new details emerge about Paddock leading up to the county music concert attack, no clear reason has surfaced. Some of the newest details that came to light Tuesday involve the preparations he made in the hotel.
According to CBS News, investigators say Paddock used the hotel’s freight elevator, indicating one way he could have slipped more than a dozen firearms past people’s notice. He also modified an emergency exit door near his room to not open, thus making it a little harder for law enforcement officers to respond quickly.
Officers who entered Paddock’s room found a list of calculations for how to aim his guns in a way to cause the maximum amount of casualties below. All of this continues to point toward a massive amount of planning for his massacre.
"It's because this individual purposely hid his actions leading up to this event, and it is difficult for us to find the answers to those actions. We believe he decided to take the lives he did and he had a very purposeful plan that he carried out," explained Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
Please continue to pray for victims still recovering from their injuries and for the friends and families of those who lost their lives. In other news, Roy Moore’s son has just been arrested.