Despite intense speculation that they would, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has come out and said they wound not commit to a new law that bans bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.
Saying that “There are monsters like this monster out there every day,” NRA CEO Wayne La Pierre told CBS’ “Face The Nation” that “There are menaces out there every day. People want to be able to protect themselves.”
LaPierre said the nation’s “elites,” who “protect themselves with armed security” are busy trying to politicize the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Mesquite, Nevada, resident Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music concert along the Las Vegas Strip killing 58 people and wounding 500 more.
LaPierre is also an “elite,” who earned more than $5 million in total compensation from the NRA last year and travels with armed security. But he’s no hypocrite – he doesn’t believe his private security should be the only one armed.
Earlier, the NRA came out in support of a review by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of an Obama-era decision allowing bump stocks for rifles. They said the devices should be “subject to additional regulations.”
But Sunday morning, La Pierre backed off of endorsing an outright ban – like one proposed by California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. LaPierre repeatedly attacked the bill.
“It’s illegal to convert a semi-automatic to a fully automatic. The ATF ought to look at this, do its job and draw a bright line,” NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said on Face the Nation.
Allowing Congress to take action, LaPierre said, risks turning the bill into “some kind of Christmas tree” to advance other gun control measures that could impact both semi-automatic and automatic weapons. “If you fuzz the line, they’re all at risk and we’re not going to let that happen,” he said.
“I think you want to tell ATF to do its job,” LaPeirre said. “It is an interpretive the issue. And they need to get the job done, but not let Dianne Feinstein, which is what she wants to do, turn this all into some Christmas tree on the Hill, where she brings all of her anti-gun circus she has been trying to do for years into this.”’
Appearing on the same show, Feinstein countered that regulations aren’t going to be good enough, USA Today reported … you gotta have a law.
“Regulations aren’t going to do it. We need a law,” Feinstein told Face the Nation. “It can’t be changed by another president. Right now we’re seeing one president change actions of a president that came before him, and that would happen in this area. And I hope that Americans will step up and say, ‘Enough is enough. Congress, do something.'”
She said she has 38 cosponsors on such a bill — but all are Democrats.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said last week that bump stocks are “something we need to look into,” but conservatives in his conference are already saying they’re opposed to legislation.
Rep. Steve Scalise — himself wounded by gunfire at a June 14 congressional baseball practice — told NBC’s Meet the Press he also opposes any congressional action on “bump stocks.”
The White House hasn’t said where it comes down on that issue. “We’ll be looking into that over the next short period of time,” President Trump said Thursday.
Trump’s statement came as police on Sunday said they found a note in the hotel suite of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock that apparently showed the calculated distance from his window to the shooting victims below — as well as the trajectory of bullets from the height of his 32nd-floor room.
In other news, the “paper” that some sites have reported was a “suicide note” left on Paddock’s nightstand were calculations of distance and trajectory for the shooting.