This is HUGE. President Trump took a decisive step toward protecting the U.S. from gun violence today.
No, he didn’t violate his promise to protect the Second Amendment. He’s not advocating for a fresh assault rifle ban, instead, he’s asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to draft regulations banning bump stocks.
“We cannot merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make a difference,” Trump said during a White House event.
“After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed [Sessions] to clarify whether certain bump stock devices like the one used in Las Vegas are illegal under current law… That process began in December, and just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.”
Bump stocks transform semi-automatic weapons into machine guns. Stephen Paddock, the man who sprayed a Las Vegas crowd with over 1,000 bullets, used the device to increase his efficiency.
Any potential regulations would be subject to discussion before being implemented.
Gun control is once again a hot-button issue in the country. A spate of vicious mass shootings has left people desperate for answers. Why is this happening? How can we stay safe?
President Trump fully supports an American citizen’s right to bear arms. Democrats and a few soft Republicans are calling for extensive gun control legislation. If they could they would erase the Second Amendment from the Constitution.
Trump’s taking the middle ground. He’s willing to support to common sense gun control laws like banning bump stocks, devices which serve no purpose beyond allowing shooters to hit more targets per minute, but he won’t back any legislation that infringes upon gun owners’ rights.
“I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon,” Trump said Tuesday.