NRA: 'We don't believe bans have every worked' about bump stocks

SBS reporter Meggie Palmer holding a gun inside a Las Vegas Walmart

SBS reporter Meggie Palmer holding a gun inside a Las Vegas Walmart

Investigators are looking into the motive of gunman Stephen Paddock.

The bump stock, which essentially turns a semi-automatic weapon into a machine gun and helped Stephen Paddock turn the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas into the deadliest in modern USA history, should be subject to "additional regulations", the group said Thursday. First with Virginia Tech, then with Orlando, now with Las Vegas. There needs to be solutions because mass shootings need to be stopped. Despite their tragedy, they are cliche. There are sensible things we can do to ensure weapons of this magnitude don't fall into the wrong hands.

The staggering number of dead and wounded in Las Vegas has temporarily silenced the usual cries against gun reform. We do know that the automatic-weapons ban has largely worked. They knew, because of the history of most countries up to that point, we would probably have to do it again. An analysis by the data-journalism outfit FiveThirtyEight found that in the last four years, there were 90 mass shootings in the U.S. The majority of mass shootings (in which four or more people are killed) are related to domestic violence. That approval occurred twice during the Obama administration, despite President Barack Obama's repeated call for stronger gun legislation, particularly after the shootings inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT. Of course not. We should do everything we can to prevent another human slaughter of innocent people. "It can't be changed by another president", said Feinstein, D-Calif., a longtime advocate of stricter gun control measures. An amendment to a 1996 spending bill, the Dickey Amendment, makes it almost impossible for the CDC to research the matter without risking its own funding. However, private sellers, including some at gun shows - who are not in the business of selling guns but occasionally sell them- do not have to perform background checks before the sale is finalized. "They need to look at this and do its job".

The federal government, with all its billions and billions of dollars, can surely be bothered to make sure all gun sales are met with a background check?

Another gun massacre. Isn't it about time we did something to kill the romance of the gun? What's the tangible difference?

Guns won't go away, and they can't be legislated away. Besides, Slide Fire's ads say, they're fun! But now is the time for Congress to decide whether another act can be perpetrated.

Wayne LaPierre, the NRA vice-president, accused Democrats of trying to politicise the massacre to achieve gun control, returning to the familiar NRA argument that America's glut of privately owned guns is essential for protection against "evil doers". "That certainly hasn't helped there". The cyclical nature of the gun law debate, where a shooting triggers an outcry which in turn triggers responses that have nothing to do with the nature of the shooting wears out Americans.

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