Feinstein admits NO law would have stopped Las Vegas mass murderer
After each and every mass killing event, a common pattern emerges:
- Gun ban extremists immediately rush to politicize the event, hoping that emotions caused by the tragedy will generate demand for gun control that Americans are otherwise very unwilling to support.
- Gun rights advocates point out that none of the proposed gun control laws could have stopped the killer, and urge Americans to take a look at the causes of such attacks, rather than the symptoms.
- Gun ban extremists either ignore the fact that their proposals wouldn't have stopped the attack, or argue that it's still worth doing because "we have to do something."
In the wake of the mass murder of 58 people in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, that same pattern is playing out, but with a couple of twists.
First, chief gun ban advocate Sen. Dianne Feinstein admitted over the weekend that NO gun control law would have stopped Las Vegas mass murderer.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that no law could have stopped the suspected shooter, Stephen Paddock, who was behind last week's mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Feinstein spoke on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” about gun legislation in the wake of the attack launched from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel targeting a country music concert.
“Could there have been any law passed that would've stopped him?” Host John Dickerson asked the senator.
“No, he passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions,” Feinstein replied.
Despite her having admitted the truth, Feinstein continues, never-the-less, is attempting to use the tragedy to press for passage of legislation that Americans would otherwise have no stomach for.
A second break in the pattern is that, for the moment at least, some unexpected groups seem to be joining the "just do something" bandwagon:
Feinstein’s remark comes as Republicans have started to express interest in a conversation about regulations for bump stock devices, which were found in the hotel room of the suspected gunman. The devices increase the possible rate of gun fire on semi-automatic weapons.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) following last week’s mass shooting said devices like bump stocks “should be subject to additional regulations,” though it did not call for new gun legislation.
Feinstein, who is pushing legislation to ban bump stocks, said there is “Republican interest” in the bill.
Now that Senator Diane Feinstein has admitted her proposed gun control laws would have done NOTHING to stop the killer, there is absolutely NO reason to be discussing her legislation, or any other regulations, at a time of national tragedy.
To continue to do so is to be so obviously dancing in the blood of the victims for the purposes of political advantage that, in a sane world, it would end the careers of those involved.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.