The ‘We must do something’ activists

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I have to compliment Leah Libresco because she’s willing to look past the Democrats’ talking points on gun control. I compliment her for saying “As for silencers — they deserve that name only in movies, where they reduce gunfire to a soft puick puick. In real life, silencers limit hearing damage for shooters but don’t make gunfire dangerously quiet. An AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer. Magazine limits were a little more promising, but a practiced shooter could still change magazines so fast as to make the limit meaningless.”

I’ve finally found a ‘gun control expert’ who admits that she didn’t know as much as she pretended to know about guns. Good for her. It isn’t easy admitting that you aren’t the expert you’ve always considered yourself to be. Stephen L. Miller’s op-ed highlights the celebrities who lecture gun owners about the virtues of gun control without knowing what they need to know:

Column after column is fired off about how much the National Rifle Association donates to congressional candidates (spoiler: it’s not much, about 200K a year). For every breathless declaration that the NRA has blood on their hands, it’s worth noting more journalists have committed mass shootings in this country than NRA members.

Firearm experts in media such as Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski (also an NRA-certified instructor), National Review Online Editor Charles Cooke and Federalist co-founder Sean Davis are sidelined from national cable news and Sunday show appearances in favor of guests who suggest suppressors are used by hunters to prevent deer from hearing a fired shot. Gutowski, Cooke and Davis will never be invited on Jimmy Kimmel or Stephen Colbert’s shows to clear up the falsehoods being spread to mass audiences or to defend the second amendment of the United States Constitution.

In the past, Democrats have insisted that Congress pass gun control legislation without knowing if it would prevent mass homicides. At least this time, Sen. Feinstein has proposed legislation to ban bump-stocks. I’m the first to admit that I’m not an expert on bump-stocks so I’ll quote this man, who seems to be an expert:

In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban bump stocks, the tool investigators said gunman Stephen Paddock used to make his weapons fire like machine guns. Bump stocks are currently legal in the U.S., though some in the gun industry questioned their intended use. “Some people really enjoy watching a lot of bullets fly,” said Warren Lacasse. “It’s not my cup of tea…I like to learn how to put them accurately in one spot.”

Lacasse owns The Gun Room in Southeast Portland, and no longer sells bump stocks. The device enables many semi-automatic weapons to fire like a near-fully automatic one using the gun’s natural recoil to make it fire faster.
“Let’s just say this, it’s a legal loophole,” said Lacasse describing bump stocks. “Somebody figured out a way to make a stock that would slide back and forth on its own.”

I won’t render a final opinion on bump-stocks but I will admit that they sound like something that at least sounds like it might make theoretical sense. In the past, Democrats have insisted on background checks, which is already law, or closing the nonexistent gun show loophole or not letting people with mental health issues buy weapons.

Most Second Amendment activists know that there are laws on the books that cover those things.

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