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Bipartisanship At Last on Capitol Hill—For Gun Control!

Posted: October 12, 2017 at 6:01 am   /   by

After years of bickering, and rank partisanship, Republicans and Democrats are finally coming together for gun control legislation that seeks to ban bump stocks.

Representatives Carlos Curbelo and Seth Moulton—the man who refused to participate in a moment of silence for victims of the Las vegas mass shooting—introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to ban devices, including bump stocks, that “increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.”

The bill aims to ban the manufacture, sale, and possession of bump stocks, attachments that can increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle tenfold — essentially making them fully automatic.

The Florida Republican and Massachusetts Democrat were joined by 18 co-sponsors from both parties.
It is not surprising to see Democrats rush to trample on the rights of gun owners, but to hear Republicans saying how things such as this actually keep the Second Amendment rights in place is always a shock. Curbelo said this in a statement,

This common-sense legislation will ban devices that blatantly circumvent already existing law without restricting Second Amendment rights.

Some House Democrats don’t feel the Curbelo-Moulton bill goes far enough to penalize violators of the new law and think it is done to try and appease the gun lobby.

Rep. Curbelo’s bill almost mirrors the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, but it carries weaker penalties for criminal violators. There is no reason to undermine our position at this point just to satisfy the NRA.

The NRA has made clear they think that bump stocks should be regulated though, just not banned. In fact, automatic weapons are not banned, they are just highly regulated, making them hard to obtain. However, as with all anti-gun activists, those pushing a ban on these items are looking to see if they can get a total ban on these devices through. If they are do, it will open up an avenue to possible outlaw of other bans.

It is well known that Democrats are no friend of the Second Amendment, but it is sad to see that the anti-gun lobby has reached all the way into the Republican Party as well. It appears the only thing the two parties can find agreement on is striking down the rights of law-abiding citizens everywhere. That kind of unity will really show the criminals!

 

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Joseph was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He received a Master's in U.S. history, with an emphasis on American constitutionalism from the UA, with a minor in Aerospace Mechanical Engineering. He took a job right out of college as a financial advisor, then switched career paths to teaching History at Pima Community College, while tutoring mathematics on the side. He also writes op-eds for the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson's largest newspaper, and has recently begun a new, live, calling radio show Common Sense heard every Saturday at 1 p.m. on 1030 AM KVOI, The Voice. He has a passion for politics and debate, believing that, we the people, must converse with each other about ideas and become engaged in the political formative process, as opposed to simply reacting to what government does. His ideological emphasis, in which he believes everyone can find common ground, is natural rights philosophy.
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Bipartisanship At Last on Capitol Hill—For Gun Control!