Actions, Gun Violence Prevention
In the summer of 2017, a gunman killed 58 people and injured 546 more in an instant in Las Vegas. Using an accessory called a bump stock, the gunman was able to turn his semi-automatic weapon into one that was nearly automatic, giving him the ability to turn a concert into a massacre in mere seconds. Automatic weapons are tightly regulated in the U.S., but bump stocks, the tool that lets semi-automatic weapons become nearly automatic, are not. It’s a loophole. And so far, Congress hasn’t done anything about it.Instead of implementing comprehensive legislative changes that would take bump stocks off the national market immediately, Congress is letting the process drag out for years in a federal rulemaking process. We can’t wait that long. Cities like Columbia, South Carolina and states like New Jersey, led by Gov. Chris Christie, have already banned bump stocks in the months since the Las Vegas massacre. But a patchwork of city and state laws isn’t enough. We need to ban bump stocks nationwide, now, so tragedies like Las Vegas can never happen again. Tell Congress and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms: If Columbia, South Carolina can do it, so can the country—we need more than a patchwork of local and state laws, we need a national ban on bump stocks.