Following the heinous attack on concert goers in Las Vegas, numerous Republican politicians were quick to raise their hands and voice openness to gun control via a bump stock ban.
These politicians include House members, Senators, and two Governors. Their efforts revolve around the bump stock, an AR-15 accessory that the Vegas attacker used criminally in his attack on innocents. Contrary to numerous reports from the establishment media, the bump stock is an accessory rather a conversion device, which is why the ATF approved it.
Yet a number of Republicans have lined up to ban the devices, effectively punishing law-abiding device owners for the heinous actions of one criminal.
Here is a list of the GOP gun control supporters:
- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) – On October 5 Speaker Ryan said legislation banning bump stocks is “clearly” something Congress much look into.
- Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) – Flores admitted he did not know what a bump stock was until this week, yet he says he looked into them and is backing gun control via a ban on them.
- Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) – On October 5 Yoder put out a press release in which he inaccurately claimed that bump stocks “convert legal firearms into an automatic weapon.” They do not. They are an accessory, not a conversion device. Nevertheless, Yoder supports gun control via a ban on the devices.
- Rep. Mark Meadow (R-NC) – Meadows is the head of Freedom Caucus and according to the New York Times, he “would be open to considering a bill” that bans bump stocks.
- Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) – NYT reports that Curbelo is drafting gun control legislation to ban bump stocks.
- Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) – On October 4 Breitbart News reported that Cornyn said a hearing on a bump stock ban would be “worthwhile.”
- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) – On October 4 Politico reported that Johnson said, “Automatic weapons are illegal. If … [the bump stock] facilitates that, to me it would be subject to the same ban. If that actually gets on the Senate floor, I’d vote for it.”
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – NYT reports Graham “would be open to considering legislation on bump stocks.”
- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – NYT reports Hatch “would be open to considering legislation on bump stocks.”
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) – Rubio said he and his colleagues “would always be open” to addressing “vulnerabilities in federal law.”
- Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) – During an October 5 on CBS This Morning, Kasish was asked if he supported gun control via a ban on bump stocks and he said, “Oh, yeah of course.”
These GOP politicians are joined by numerous Democrat office holders, including Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA).
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.