According to a new Rasmussen survey, U.S. voters are highly suspicious of Democrats who spend much of their time campaigning or governing on gun control issues. 74% of likely voters think that politicians who often raise the gun issue are simply doing so for their own Washington careers and not for any serious legislative purpose. That’s bad news for Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Chris Murphy, who have used the Las Vegas tragedy to once again wade into the treacherous waters of unconstitutional fear mongering.
Right now, there is bipartisan legislation being generated on Capitol Hill to go after the most obvious boogeyman – the so-called “bump stocks” that Stephen Paddock used to transform his semi-automatic rifles into something more similar to fully automatic machine guns. That these modifications are legal was news to most Americans who know little about guns, and since an accessory like this cannot really fall under the protection of the Second Amendment, it’s no surprise to see Republicans eager to give the left a small win in the wake of the worst shooting in U.S. history. Some Republicans (and the NRA) are suggesting that a ban on bump stocks would be better handled by ATF regulations than legislation, but either way, the result will be the same.
As a sacrifice on the gun control altar, a ban on bump stocks isn’t the worst idea we’ve ever heard. The problem, of course, is that this won’t quell the left’s appetite for gun control. If Republicans are going into this under the delusion that “this’ll shut them up for a while,” they couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, this will only empower anti-gun Democrats to go after bigger and more blatantly unconstitutional laws, just as they used the mere chance at DACA legislation to start calling for widespread, 11 million+ amnesty for illegal immigrants.
This is why it would be wise to leave these regulations in the hands of the ATF. If we put it on the floor of the Congress, you can bet your bottom dollar that Democrats will try to sneak something else into the bill before it comes up for a vote. Republicans will be seen voting AGAINST legislation to ban bump stocks…or they will vote FOR stricter forms of gun control. It’s a political (and, possibly, constitutional) disaster either way.
Republicans win when they hold the line on guns, despite what the mainstream media narrative would have us believe. Second Amendment defenders care MUCH more about preserving gun rights than your average liberal cares about tearing them away. Perhaps that’s because, as the Rasmussen survey demonstrates, even the left’s base knows that Democrats are playing politics and not, as they claim, actually trying to make a difference in the landscape of American violence.