Monday, October 9, 2017

Taking aim at bump stocks

Yes, we went there Sunday.

We waded back into the gun debate.

On our editorial page, we noted the national conversation. You know, the one we have every time there is a mass shooting.

But this time, in the wake of 59 people killed and 500 more wounded by a madman raining heavy firepower down from his sniper's lair on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Ban resort onto a crowd enjoying a country music festival in Las Vegas, there appears to be something different.

Stephen Paddock was able to modify several of his semiautomatic rifles to fire as an automatic. In other words, instead of having to squeeze the trigger on every shot, he was able to simply hold the trigger down and unleash his version of hell.

Both the guns Paddock used and the device he used to alter his weapons were perfectly legal.

The device is called a bump stock.

And it quickly became the target of those seeking to limit the damage in these heinous events.

But there was something different this time.

After the normal outrage was offered, agreement came in from two places where that kind of talk is not usually offered. Several Republican members of Congress said they would consider banning bump stocks. Even the National Rifle Association indicated it's something that should be considered.

Yes, it just might be time.

You can read our Sunday editorial here.

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