NRA Calls For Gun Regulations After Las Vegas Massacre

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The devices, originally meant to help people with disabilities, fit over the stock and pistol grip of a semi-automatic rifle and allow the weapon to fire continuously, some 400 to 800 rounds in a single minute, mimicking a fully automatic firearm.

So-called "bump stocks" essentially turn a semiautomatic weapon into an automatic one, allowing one to circumvent the federal laws that strictly regulate automatic firearms. As Chris Murphy, the Democratic senator from CT, told MSNBC on Thursday when he was asked why the opinion-poll findings don't translate into legislation, "The answer is pretty simple".

The 1994 assault weapon and high capacity magazine ban was not renewed in 2004. Yet it offers the question if, perhaps, the deadly rampage this week in Las Vegas may have been able to wrest loose inertia that paralyzed policymakers after similar carnage in Orlando; Newtown, Conn.; and Blacksburg, Virginia. It was unclear if that person, who never checked in, was the same Stephen Paddock, the spokeswoman said.

But there's ample reason to think there's no reason for gun-control forces to celebrate a rare victory. After every mass shooting, the debate over guns and gun violence sparks up again.

Then there's the matter of what will likely happen as a effect of consensus. The NRA's carefully crafted statements point toward possible regulations without an actual endorsement of any.

It added in a statement: "The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations".

She said: "We welcome that and a conversation on that". Despite the epidemic of gun violence continuing to exist at levels far surpassing those of most developed countries, coupled by an increase in large-scale mass shootings and significant media attention to the issue, the political faculties have largely failed to address it.

Yes, there is a gun lobby more zealous than the NRA. Two years later, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago struck down as unconstitutional the state's ban on carrying concealed firearms. Look, there's nothing I like better than nobody has them.

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Those bills are now shelved indefinitely.

The narrow focus on a particular accessory may be a model for gun-control advocates.

Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said investigators remain largely in the dark about what drove retired real estate investor and high-stakes gambler Stephen Paddock to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

A recent national survey by the Pew Research Center found that 81 percent of Americans support expanding background checks, 76 percent support laws that would prevent the mentally ill from buying guns, and 71 percent are for barring people on the "no-fly" list from purchasing guns.

And there they have had some success.

A great fear, of course, has been a confiscatory ban on at least some guns, and given how both Obama and erstwhile presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have praised Australia's gun laws, that's more than a conspiracy theory. "I'm not for any gun control, okay?" And since gun sales often take place between unlicensed persons, approximately 40 percent of all firearms transferred in the US are done without a background check.

Gun dealers and manufacturers have also tried to engage more women and youth in sport-shooting to raise sales. The NRA, which backed Trump with $50 million in last year's election, for years has resisted any new limitations as a slippery first step toward broader restrictions.

But it would be notable if Washington's tangible response to the latest tragedy is more than thoughts and prayers.



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