In response to the mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas earlier this month, the video sharing site YouTube has changed its rules to ban content showing how to achieve automatic fire with semi-automatic firearms, as reported by the Washington Times.
Among the videos now being targeted are those showing how to adapt semi-automatic rifles with bump fire stocks, an accessory which uses a rifle’s recoil to bounce it between the shooter’s shoulder and the trigger finger–allowing a semiautomatic weapon to simulate automatic rapid-burst fire.
Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, was found to have 12 bump fire stocks in his possession and is believed to have used them in conjunction with semi-automatic rifles when he killed 59 people and wounded over 500.
Youtube issued the following statement:
“We have long had a policy against harmful and dangerous content. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we have taken a closer look at videos that demonstrate how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly and we’ve expanded our existing policy to prohibit these videos.”
The site’s policies have previously banned content that incites violence.
Lawmakers on both side of he aisle have latched onto bump fire stocks as an object for a “compromise” gun control measure. But many conservatives are wary of conceding any form of restriction on fire arms, feeling that doing so would lead to a “slippery slope” of further limits to the Second Amendment.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seemingly confirmed that suspicion in a press conference last Thursday. “They’re going to say, ‘You give them bump stock, it’s going to be a slippery slope.’ I certainly hope so,” the leading Democrat said.
Despite emotionally-charged calls for gun control from celebrities, it’s unclear what form of gun legislation would have been able to prevent the tragedy at Las Vegas.
Even long-time Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) admitted as much, as reported by Fox News. “I’m not sure there is any set of laws that could have prevented it,” Feinstein told John Dickerson of CBS’s Face the Nation.
Democrats may be taking advantage of Las Vegas to promote gun control, but mainstream America remains committed to upholding the Second Amendment.
If we went nuts & repealed the Second Amendment, the Left’s next target would be the First Amendment—repealing freedom of speech & religion
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) October 5, 2017
Yet another example of why we need the Second Amendment. pic.twitter.com/kpbvSjGVQC
— Briefing the News (@TheNewsBriefing) October 6, 2017
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) October 4, 2017