Congress Just Took Steps To Bipartisan Gun Reform After Vegas Shooting
In the aftermath of what is being called the deadliest mass shooting in American history, some lawmakers in Congress are finally taking action to ensure that the tragic events of this weekend don’t happen again.
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) has co-sponsored a bill with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to ban bump stocks and comparable devices, which enable semi-automatic weapons to fire as many as 800 rounds per minute, effectively mimicking automatic weapons.
The purchase of automatic weapons manufactured after 1986 is already illegal.
So far, more than 20 other Democrats have signed onto the bill as co-sponsors.
Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) has introduced similar legislation.
The measures are in direct response to the fact that the gunman in Las Vegas employed this device to shoot hundreds of attendees at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He used 12 bump stocks, enabling him to rein fire upon the victims below at effectively the same rate as an automatic rifle.
“No person should possess a device that turns a semi-automatic rifle into the equivalent of a machine gun,” Cicilline said in a statement. “We cannot become a country where the carnage in Las Vegas becomes the new normal.”
A Republican lawmaker, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, has also announced plans to introduce bipartisan legislation to ban bump stocks. While other Republicans have thus far signaled support for the legislation, whether they actually vote in favor of the measures remains to be seen.
So far, Republicans have not come out in favor of any other common sense gun reform, such as prohibiting those on the terrorist watch list or those with mental illness from buying guns, or mandating universal background checks for gun purchases.
When it comes time to vote for the legislation, time will tell if any Republicans can manage to endanger their rating with the NRA to protect those whom they are supposed to represent.