And here comes that slippery slope.
Now that Republicans have said they’re willing to consider legislation or regulations that would ban “bump stocks,” which can allow a semi-automatic rifle fire faster, Democrats are trying to go further by introducing bills to ban so-called high capacity magazines.
Sponsored by Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty, the bill defines high capacity magazines as holding anything in excess of 10 rounds.
The bill is a direct response to the Las Vegas shooting two weeks ago, which left almost 60 dead and 500 injured. Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, used a “bump stock” and “high-capacity” magazines to fire down on a crowd at a country music festival on the Strip.
Of course, this is history repeating itself. Democrats always use a tragedy where a firearm is used to push for more gun control. After the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting at an elementary school, the Obama Administration pushed hard for more gun control, to no avail.
Democrats introduced a similar bill to ban high-capacity magazines but the vote failed 54-46.
Then-President Barack Obama was relegated to signing a series of executive orders dealing with the mentally fit and who can legally possess a firearm.
Of course, limiting the number of round in a magazine will do very little to curb mass shootings, even in the Las Vegas incident, where the killer had more than 40 minutes to carry out his deadly attack. Even then, banning possession of high capacity magazines does not mean anyone, much less criminals with an intent on using them to commit a crime, will turn them in.
You would literally make criminals out of millions of Americans, as currently magazines legally come in all forms, with capacities of 20, 30, 60, or even 100. And there are untold millions of those magazines owned by citizens.
Of course, Democrats wouldn’t stop there. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she hopes a ban on bump stocks is a “slippery slope” to more gun control.
“They’re going to say, ‘You give them bump stock, it’s going to be a slippery slope.’ I certainly hope so,” she told a reporter at a news conference.
Bump stocks? Banned. So-called “silencers”? Banned. But they won’t stop there, not a chance.
And that’s the whole point, the left will never be satisfied with a simple ban on bump stocks or high-capacity magazines. Their ultimate goal is the complete disarming of the American civilian population.
More than 20 years ago, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats called for an outright ban.
Meanwhile, the motive behind Paddock’s shooting remains a mystery.
What we’re left with is the belief that Paddock was simply “born a killer,” which means no gun laws would have stopped him anyway. Criminal profiler John Kelly told People Magazine it was pathological.
“What would drive somebody that is so methodical and structured in life to go insane in a very structured and methodical way?” Kelly, who acknowledges he never met the shooter, wonders. “Paddock was a pathological gambler, psychopath and a sociopath. He was predisposed from birth and childhood to harbor extreme internalized shame, low self-esteem, depression, and aggressive anger.”
Kelly adds: “This was exacerbated with pathological gambling, Valium and alcohol that caused the perfect storm for mass murder: a delusional, psychotic illness which resulted in violent, suicidal, and explosive murderous rage.”
H/T: The Daily Caller