Ken McCalip: Common sense needed in gun laws

Ken McCalip: Common sense needed in gun laws

Kerry Wise
October 7, 2017

Even with a suppressor on a shot is about as loud as a jackhammer, exposing the stupidity of the Democratic fear that a glut of "silencers" on the market will make gun violence all but undetectable as it's happening. She's joined by other Democrats.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated her proposal to increase background checks and call on House Speaker Paul Ryan to create a select committee to find common ground on gun violence at a CNN town hall Wednesday. Such devices were said to be attached to several weapons in the Vegas shooters' stash of firepower. It would not outlaw any weapons.

In a statement released Thursday, NRA officials said that the group "believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations". Semi-automatic weapons, however, are legal in Nevada.

Meanwhile, similar legislation to regulate bump stocks in emerging in the House of Representatives. And the distinction between "accessory" and "conversion devices" could not be more important; it is the difference between allowing a semiautomatic to mimic automatic fire in short bursts verses actually converting a semiautomatic into an automatic rifle. Ryan said the actions of the gunman who killed at least 59 people and wounded hundreds more will not "define us as a country".

The device is frequently advertised as simulating a machine gun.

It wasn't just Republicans learning about the device this week. Sen.

The carnage would be unbelievable, except that we've seen it too many times before.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights icon who has led the push for tightening gun control laws in Congress, called on Democrats and Republicans to display "moral courage".

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The attachment basically allows a shooter to use his shoulder and a gun's recoil to create a rapid-fire effect that is hard to replicate by simply pulling the trigger.

Democrats may not be staging another sit-in, but plenty of politicians have already indicated their plans to introduce gun control legislation. Sen. Portman said the bill could unfairly impinge on innocent transfers, such as giving a hunting rifle to a second cousin.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a fierce gun-control advocate since the Sandy Hook shooting, said he would reintroduce a plan to close a loophole allowing gun dealers to sell weapons after three days if the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not yet completed a background check on the buyer.

"If you don't control that just exactly right, you'll hurt yourself". Moreover, Breitbart Second Amendment columnist AWR Hawkins wrote that eliminating them would be part of a "typical leftist war on the poor". But debate rages over how far the regulation can go, and congressional Republicans, many with political backing from the NRA, are loath to push the question.

Now, in the wake of another mass shooting, Feinstein, Sen.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said lawmakers should remember the good feelings they shared when Scalise returned to the Capitol last week, more than three months after the June 14 shooting.

"You know, I'd heard about them before, but I'd never actually seen one, and I certainly had never seen a video of someone using them to spray a concert audience of 22,000 people with gunshots", Cornyn said. Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has expressed reservations about moving too quickly and told Politico he was anxious about starting down a slippery slope of gun legislation.