Guns

Obama’s Fault

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Will Republicans vote to ban so-called "bump stocks" which convert a semi-automatic weapon into a fully-automatic weapon?

It seems unlikely. Several Republicans have hinted that they would consider banning the devices or at least hold hearings on a possible ban, but that's a far cry from actually voting to ban them. It's difficult to imagine a ban on bump-stocks surviving a Republican filibuster if a vote ever happens at all.

But in any event, Republicans would like you to know this is all Obama's fault.

When asked Thursday morning on CNN about the potential for gun control legislation to move forward, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway mentioned twice that bump stocks had been approved by the ATF under the Obama administration.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who said Wednesday he was open to reviewing bump stocks, also noted the ATF’s 2010 decision in a tweet Thursday morning.

In 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) concluded that it did not have the authority to ban bump-stocks under the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act because it's an accessory, not a gun.

The same would be true today under Trump even if the regime wanted to ban the devices, which they don't. The ATF released a statement earlier this week restating the conclusions reached by the agency in 2010.

Our Republican-controlled Congress has the power to ban bump-stocks, but it remains to be seen if they will actually do that or simply sit there and blame President Obama for everything until the end of time.

I suppose they could ban the stocks and blame Obama. These aren't mutually exclusive outcomes.

  • Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me if they threw bump stocks under the bus to calm things down. Not saying they will, but they might as a minor sacrifice to get people not to do something that would really make a difference.

    • Tony Lavely

      That was my thought when the NRA came out and asked if they (bump stocks) were really legal. Give on the little piddling accessory to take attention off the thing it’s an accessory to. You know, the semi-auto rifle. Color me skeptical.
      ETA: Clarity, I hope.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Nah. There’s no need to throw anything under the bus because there’s no risk of people doing something that would really make a difference.

  • ninjaf

    Too bad we don’t have people concerned with governing the country in the majority in Congress. Imagine what kinds of things would be fixed!

    • Christopher Foxx

      Imagine how much better off Americans would be today if it had been Clinton-Gore-Obama-Clinton.

  • Badgerite

    David Harris@Hero_Complex:
    We have essentially reached “it’s Obama’s fault for not coming to take our guns” in the pro-gun lobby argument cycle.

    • Georgie

      Perfect.

      • Badgerite

        He sums it up nicely, I thought.