It Won’t End With Bump Stocks


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Before you continue reading this, picture yourself building a brick wall. Does the wall just miraculously appear out of nowhere? No, it doesn’t. We all know that a brick wall, like anything else, has a starting point. In this case, the starting point is a single, “first” brick. If I were to help you build a brick wall, and told you after laying down the first brick, “This brick won’t lead to anything and will contribute nothing to the emergence of the rest of a wall,” you would know I was lying through my teeth. Agree or not, the Justice Department’s ban on bump stocks is the first brick for a gun ban.

Let’s answer the first question: What is a bump stock?

In the most basic terms, a bump stock is a type of buttstock one can put on a semi-automatic rifle. When used properly, it allows the shooter to use the recoil of the rifle to pull the trigger at a faster rate than most shooters could do, otherwise. It’s a modification that can be put on a firearm, not an actual firearm. Given these facts, in 2010, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms announced that, “The ATF currently lacks authority under the law to ban bump stocks.” The new order from the Justice Department, however, has now opened the door for legislative change to the regulation of firearm accessories like bump stocks.

In Congress, Representative Carlos Curbelo (R) of Florida has proposed H.R. 3999. This House resolution would change the law and allow the Federal Government to regulate not just firearms, but any accessories that are available for them. The exact language of the resolutions reads, “To amend Title 18 of the United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle…” If this doesn’t concern you, read over it again, and keep in mind just how vague the language is. The same people who can interpret the right to privacy as the right to murder a baby in the womb would have a field day with this resolution.

We need to ask where will this bill end? If it was meant to end at bump stocks, the language would read as such. Bump stocks are not the end, however; if they were, the bill would be clear about it. The end game is a complete ban on firearms, but saying that isn’t politically expedient.

The same argument can be used for regulating magazine capacity, because bigger mags increase the gun’s rate of fire. The same argument can be used for all self-loading rifles: without a manually-operated bolt, the rate of fire is increased. The same argument can be used for ammunition: if you don’t have any ammo, you can’t increase your rate of fire. This same argument can used for anything and everything that pertains to firearms, until we are left with nothing, and this is where the left will go from here.       

If you value the 2nd Amendment in the slightest, you need to call your representatives, especially if they are one of the many RINOs in Congress. Tell them that you will vote for them if they oppose the bill, and that you have their severance package waiting if they even consider voting yes to a ban on bump stocks.

We cannot give them the first brick with which they will build a wall against the 2nd Amendment. The left will build and build until they get what they truly want: a gun free America.

Emilio Avelar is a 20-year-old college student pursuing a BAS in Aeronautical Sciences. He hopes to help spread conservatism on campus to people in his age demographic.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Emilio Avelar is a 20-year-old college student pursuing a BAS in Aeronautical Sciences. He hopes to help spread conservatism on campus to people in his age demographic.

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