by Gary Marbut, : Opinion
Why should you care?
First, I'll agree with many of you that bump fire stocks are stupid. They are usually inaccurate and just waste ammo. As my friend Stephen says, they're a good way to turn money into noise. They have little practical utility.
But, that's not the issue here. The issue here is yet another assault on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The people control crowd see banning these devices as low-hanging political fruit in the emotionally charged aftermath of Las Vegas.
They have zero intent to limit their ratcheting away of the RKBA with just banning bump fire stocks. That's just what they think they can get away with right now.
Another such incident and they'll be after the device de jour. What will be next? Standard-capacity magazines, semi-auto rifles, red-dot sights, “cop-killer bullets” (all rifle ammo), banning private firearm sales without government registration/permission? The possible list is extensive.
The people controllers already have their wish lists of future restrictions made. The bills to accomplish these are already written, just waiting for an inflammatory incident to launch them.
In the broader context, a ban on bump fire stocks is just another attack on individual liberty. Why does anyone “need” a car that will go faster than 65 MPH. Why does anyone “need” to be able to send uncensored emails or make uncensored Online posts? Why does anyone really “need” the privacy of their persons, papers, or homes, if they're not criminals? Why does anyone “need” to own his or her own property or live outside an urban apartment? This list is endless too, and all or these are on the chopping block designed by those who want us all subservient to a tyrannous government.
So, where do we draw the line?
Here and now. Hard and fast. With bump fire stocks (even if you and I may think they're dumb.) This is the time to rise up and just say NO. By that I mean ABSOLUTELY NO!
It doesn't matter if some pro-gun group cuts a deal to throw bump-fire stocks under the bus, in exchange for leniency by our would-be masters, or in exchange for some other favor. The message to Congress is still ABSOLUTELY NO!
Contact all your congressional leaders today, in my case the three of Montana's congressional delegation, Senator Tester, Senator Daines, and Congressman Gianforte. Tell them NO inroads on the RKBA, zero, none. Tell them we are all watching closely.
Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
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