Pushing past those saying on Thursday that a ban on bump stocks should be “explored,” gun control advocates tired of the failed strategy of incremental changes are arguing such measures are simply not enough to rid the U.S. of the persistent threat of gun violence.
In an interview with the Guardian, Igor Volsky, the founder of the group Guns Down, said Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas has shown that taking small steps is not sufficient, using background checks as an example.
“Nobody saw any red flags,” said Volsky of the Las Vegas shooter, who passed multiple background checks to obtain more than 40 firearms. “Nobody thought anything was wrong with him. It’s not enough to just limit the kind of people who own guns. You have to go after the guns themselves. Guns are the problem.”
In his column earlier this week, titled “The Problem Is Guns,” The Week‘s Ryan Cooper echoed the point writing that in the United States “it is easy for someone who feels like mass murder to buy accurate, long-range, rapid-fire weapons, and use them to kill and injure lots of people very quickly.”
In its first statement since the shooting, the National Rifle Association (NRA) called on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to review whether bump stocks, the mechanism used by the Las Vegas shooter to allow his semi-automatic weapons to operate as automatic ones, should be banned.
But in the same statement, the powerful gun industry lobbying group called on Congress to pass a National Right-to-Carry law, repeating its common refrain that the right to carry more firearms keeps Americans safe. Informed critics of the group were hardly fooled.
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