(National Sentinel) Gun Control: We never thought we’d see the day when Republicans would become gun control fanatics, but that day has arrived.
As we reported yesterday, Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida introduced legislation that would ban “bump stocks” — devices that Obama’s ATF approved in 2010 and which almost no one had heard of before Stephen Paddock allegedly used rifles equipped with them to attack concert-goers in Las Vegas from the Mandalay Bay Casino Oct. 1.
Now, more Republicans have signed onto the ban. They are:
- Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
- Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
- Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA)
- Rep, Ed Royce (R-CA)
- Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
- Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
- Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA)
- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
- Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Now mind you, this device was declared legal just a few short years ago by one of the most anti-gun administrations in the history of our country. And besides, while the attack was most definitely heart-wrenching and horrendous, we don’t yet know much more than that.
For all we know at this point, Paddock could be a terrorist, and in fact that theory is out there, and it’s not being pushed by some kook; it’s being suggested by an expert who has briefed presidential administrations and members of Congress on the subject of Islamic State terrorism.
Furthermore, if Paddock had used a regular semi-automatic, fired more slowly and more deliberately, many people believe he could have killed and wounded even more people that night from his 32nd-story perch.
Even reliably liberal editors at The Daily Beast think so:
As Awr Hawkins at Breitbart News reminds us:
In summary–Bump stocks are accessories, not conversion kits. They are novelties that reduce accuracy by producing a short, rapid-fire effect that can be achieved using nothing more than a finger and belt loop. For these reasons, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) stresses that bump stock gun control is part of a larger misdirection that creates a “slippery slope” Democrats can exploit for more gun control in the future. Yet Reps. Peter King, Leonard Lance, Patrick Meehan, Ed Royce, Chris Smith, Erik Paulsen, Ryan Costello, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Charlie Dent are rallying behind Curbelo’s gun control bill.
What the hell has happened to the Republican Party? When did its official merge with the DNC actually occur?
These fools used to be all about repealing and replacing Obamacare, except now they’re not.
They used to be all about reforming the tax code and lowering the top rates for businesses and individuals, except now they’re not.
Once upon a time, they would never have latched on to any gun control legislation — for any reason — except now some of them are.
If this legislation doesn’t prove once and for all that there what we really have in Washington is just one party — the Big Government Party — nothing will.
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