A Republican candidate for Georgia governor is not only opposed to a possible ban on bump stocks, he is looking to hold a giveaway to emphasize his stance.
Georgia state Sen. Michael Williams, who is in the running for the governor’s seat, said banning or regulating the attachment enabling semi-automatic rifles to fire faster, is nothing more than “cheap political lip service” in the wake of the deadly Las Vegas shooting earlier this month.
“The tragedy in Las Vegas broke my heart, but any talk of banning or regulating bump stocks is merely cheap political lip service from career politicians,” Williams said in a statement. “In reality, the bump stock is the new, shiny object politicians are using to deceive voters into believing they are taking action against gun violence.”
Legislation to ban bump stocks was introduced by Senate Democrats after Las Vegas gunman, Stephen Paddock, used the device to increase the rate of shots he fired down on concert goers from his hotel room window.
Williams contends that there is “zero evidence” that a ban would prevent deaths in the future.
“Many firearms experts determined the Las Vegas shooter’s use of a bump stock actually prevented more casualties and injuries due to its inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control. There is zero evidence that banning bump stocks would prevent any gun violence deaths,” he said.
The GOP senator plans to give away the bump stock “as a show of support” for gun owners.
“Georgia’s gun owners deserve a governor who will stand with them when liberals and Hollywood elites attack our fundamental rights. That’s why I am standing for the second amendment and giving away a bump stock as a show of support,” he continued in his statement.
GOP leaders are pushing for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to lead on reviewing regulations while the National Rifle Association, opposed to legislation, does agree that the controversial attachments need to be better regulated.
Williams believes the focus should be on mental health as a means of reducing future gun violence.
“You cannot regulate evil out of existence. Blaming guns or bump stocks for the actions of a lunatic, is the same as blaming McDonald’s for heart disease,” he said.
Talk of a possible ban on the bump stocks led to a surge in sales online.
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