After it was revealed the Vegas shooter used a bump fire stock to help carryout his attack, there has been a lot of debate surrounding the tool.
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What is a bump fire stock you ask?
Below we have a video that gives a demonstration on the equipment, but Popular Mechanics wrote down its function:
Bump stocks are simple pieces of equipment that replace the stock of a rifle and add a small “support step” in front of the trigger. The shooter rests his finger on this step and pulls forward on the barrel or forward grip to press the trigger against his finger. The recoil of the shot then propels the rifle backwards into a gap in stationary stock where the loose fit gives the rifle freedom to bounce forward. This, along with sustained forward pressure on the rifle, has the effect of ‘bumping’ the trigger back into the shooter’s unmoving finger. So long as a shooter maintains forward pressure, the rifle will continue to fire at a rate much faster than could be accomplished with even the quickest possible series of manual trigger pulls.
— Popular Mechanics
In this video it is very clear that the piece of equipment can easily turn a semi-auto rifle into a ‘full auto’ rifle.
How is it legal? Well, interestingly enough the bump stock was legalized under Obama’s administration by the ATF because it did not require any physical change to the gun itself.
The creators of this product essentially found a loophole in the system.
Now, what the man discusses in the video is that the bump-stock does not allow for accurate shooting.
In the case of Stephen Paddock, where he had the freedom to shoot at will on a massive crowd, the idea of accuracy is not essential. His ultimate goal was to inflict as much harm as possible and he did.
With all of this in mind, how should America move forward with the Bump Fire Stock?