Anti-gun Capitol Hill Democrats and their gun prohibitionist cheerleaders are once again pushing an agenda that seems to have become their “one-size-fits-all” solution to violent crimes, even though none of the measures they want adopted would have prevented the mayhem.
This comes as lawmakers in Illinois rejected a proposed ban on “bump stock” devices like the one believed to have been used during the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) told reporters, “We must work to keep gun out of the hands of the seriously mentally ill, people with a history of violence, criminals and terrorists.”
But Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock had no such history, and he passed background checks to purchase firearms over the past several months.
According to an email blast from the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility touting legislation introduced by anti-gun Connecticut Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy, they want to “expand background checks on private gun sales.”
However, Paddock didn’t buy his guns privately. Likewise, Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook killer, didn’t buy the guns he used at all. He took them from home after murdering his mother in her sleep. She had purchased the guns legally from a retail gun store and had passed a background check.
The Illinois State House of Representatives “soundly rejected” a bill to ban bump stocks Thursday. The legislation, sponsored by Democrat State Rep. Martin Moylan, would have also banned a substance called tannerite that is used at many shooting events to create explosions when a target is hit.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported a competing measure, sponsored by Republican State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, would only ban bump stocks. It is supported by the Illinois State Rifle Association, the newspaper said.
CBS News in Chicago said Moylan’s bill “troubled gun advocates, Republican and Democrat alike.”
Moyland will reportedly try again with his legislation.
The Alliance is claiming in its email that lawmakers want to “explore public health solutions to curb the gun crisis.”