Senate Democrats Introduce Ban on Gun Stephen Willeford Used to Stop Texas Attack

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Senate Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that will ban the gun Stephen Willeford used to stop the Texas church attack.

The bill was introduced by over two dozen Democrats, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

According to the Hill, Feinstein released a statement with the legislation, saying, “We’re introducing an updated Assault Weapons Ban for one reason: so that after every mass shooting with a military-style assault weapon, the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote.”

Missing from Feinstein’s statement is an admission that the bill targets the kind of rifle which NRA member Stephen Willeford used to end the attack. As Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said on Tuesday, “He was armed with an AR-15, that’s exactly the sort of rifle we’ve been told must be banned to keep us safe.”

In addition to this, the gun control bill pushed by Feinstein would not have stopped the Texas church shooting, as the bill allows persons with AR-15s and similar rifles to keep those rifles. Moreover, it allows persons to transfer such rifles to other people as long as a background check is passed. Kelley possessed an AR-15 because he passed a background check for it.

This latest “assault weapons” ban also contains a ban on bump stocks, even though a bump stock was not used in the Texas church attack. It appears the Democrats decided to bundle a bump stock ban with an “assault weapons” ban in hopes of securing one or the other.

Neither ban would have prevented the Las Vegas attack or the Texas church attack, although the absence of a bump stock may have made the Vegas attacker more accurate, thereby leading to even more deaths as he opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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


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