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Bump stocks and the Bill of Rights

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As usual when bizarre new "gun control" proposals surface, the victim-disarmament gang hope to capitalize on a recent mass shooting by someone who'd been using mood-altering drugs — the gunman found dead after allegedly employing "bump stocks" as he killed 58 people and injured some 500 others, shooting out of his hotel room window at an outdoor concert crowd in Las Vegas Oct. 1 (though some experts have expressed the opinion he probably could have killed more people if he'd taken single, aimed shots.)

"Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have found common ground in their interest to update federal law to prohibit bump fire devices alongside machine guns," wrote Daniel Terrill on Dec. 8 at guns.com.

Sorry, Daniel, but machine guns are of course not "prohibited." The 1934 National Firearms Act merely subjects them to a $200 tax . . . though the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives certainly does enforce that law in a manner designed to make buying a machine gun as onerous and expensive as possible.

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