President Trump Instructs AG Jeff Sessions to Ban Devices that Turn Weapons into Machine Guns

President Trump Instructs AG Jeff Sessions to Ban Devices that Turn Weapons into Machine Guns

During a Tuesday presser, President Trump broke the news about “gun control”, following the Florida school shooting. More precisely, the Donald signed a memo which, let me quote, is “directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.”  The President said:

“After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed the attorney general to clarify whether certain bump stock devices, like the one used in Las Vegas, are illegal under current law. That process began in December. And just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon.”

The White House also discussed about setting an age limit for buying “assault rifles”, like the one (AR-15) legally bought by (19 year old) Nikolas de Jesus Cruz, the teenager who killed 17 people last week at a Florida high school.

If a person at 18 can be made to serve and give his life for this country, then at 18 full rights should be given by this country. Including the consumption of alcohol, and purchase of a gun. Otherwise change the age for military service. Serious consideration needs to be made for the drugs these people are on. That is really the thing that has changed in the last 20 or so years. It’s likely the drugs more than anything else.

Now, let me break a few statistics for your viewing pleasure:

Murder Victims from the FBI Table 8 database (2014 is their most current):

Handguns 5,562
Rifles 248
Shotguns 262
Other guns 93
Knives or cutting instruments 1,567
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 435
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) 660

You are nearly twice as likely to be killed by someone with a club and three times as likely to be killed by someone with hands and feet than any rifle. The AR-15 is a small percentage within that small percentage of rifle murders. Focusing on a gun type is definitely not the answer. Let’s focus on the person type (mental issues, medication etc), not the gun. Don’t get me wrong here. I think we should “do something” about the school shootings… obviously. Let’s just focus on what should be done. Also, if you do look up the database – and I encourage you to do so – you will see a decline in gun related murders over the last 5 years of the fact collecting.

I hate seeing the president fall into the “ban” and “machine gun” trap, and personally I consider this to be a major red flag.The President doing impersonations of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, or Bill Nelson is not a good sign!..

For 50 plus years, leftists (whether you call them liberals, progressives or Democrats) have been throwing around the mantra “ban” this and “ban” that when it comes to firearms, magazines, and firearm accessories, without ever once defining what a ban actually is. Just for the record, there never was at any time an “assault weapons ban” in America, expired or not. That is a total myth!

The only thing that happened during the previous so called “ban” was that the importation of most semi-auto rifles that had certain cosmetic characteristics was stopped, and the manufacturers of American semi-auto rifles were forced to eliminate “scary looking” items on there rifles such as flash suppressors, and bayoneted lugs.. Also during our so called “ban”, high capacity magazines weren’t including in the sale of new rifles, but they were available almost anywhere and were never “banned”. At absolutely no point during the last “assault weapons ban” was anything banned, and it was legal to own, shoot, buy and sell semi-auto rifles!..

If Trump is going to announce a “ban” on anything, then he damn well better define it! Is he suggesting making the manufacture of “bump stocks” illegal? Is he suggesting making the sale of existing bump stocks illegal? Or, is he actually suggesting that Sessions criminalize the ownership of bump stocks, thereby making law abiding citizens no longer law abiding unless they allow the government to confiscate their personal property? This is very troubling. Once a President feels that he has the authority to “ban” personal property, we’ve got a problem!

An AR 15 rifle is no different than any other semi-automatic weapon, except it is made of composite materials and looks “scary“. We cannot make laws and regulations based on emotion and appearance. This is the cowards’ way of saying “we are doing something”, which amounts to nothing except taking away more freedoms from law abiding Americans. Remember, there are over 220,000 public and private schools in the U.S. Your chance of being killed in a school shooting is almost like getting struck by lightning.

If so concerned, then how about giving the same level of protection for our children that is given to government buildings, courthouses, athletic events, commercial airplanes, etc? Why have our children been short changed the same protection if the liberals and politicians are so concerned?

  • Gigi Phenomenon

    Though the media often attempts to twist the gun rights debate into a web of complexity, gun rights is in fact a rather simple issue — either you believe that people have an inherent right to self defense, or you don’t. All other arguments are a peripheral distraction.

    Firearms are a powerful epoch changing development. Not because they necessarily make killing “easier;” killing was always easy for certain groups of people throughout history, including governments and organized thugs. Instead, guns changed the world because for the first time in thousands of years the common man or woman could realistically stop a more powerful and more skilled attacker. Firearms are a miraculous equalizer in a world otherwise dominated and enslaved by everyday psychopaths.

    The inborn right to self defense and the ability of the people to maintain individual liberties in the face of tyranny supersedes all other arguments on gun rights. In fact, nothing else matters. This key point is so unassailable that anti-gun lobbyists have in most cases given up trying to defeat it. Instead of trying to confiscate firearms outright (which is their ultimate goal), they attempt to chip away at gun rights a piece at a time through endless flurries of legislation. This legislation is usually implemented in the wake of a tragedy involving firearms, for gun grabbers never let a good crisis go to waste. Exploiting the deaths of innocent people to further an ideological agenda is a common strategy for them.