One example we can look at is the recently enacted "bump=stock ban". This ban, in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and thrown to the peasant's to appease them, will do little if anything to stop any "mass shootings". The item was mostly a novelty item for any Rambo type gun owner. True gun owners pretty much steered clear of them as the use of a bump stock made aimed fire almost impossible and only upped the rate of fire. In other words, you could send a lot of lead down range, but your chances of hitting anything drastically dropped. The biggest problem with trying to ban such an item is the fact that the same effect can be achieved by using a belt loop or pants pocket. I guess that will be the next step, banning people from wearing jeans. Thus the obvious result is that the government is just trying to make us feel good, that they are doing something about "mass shootings" and keeping us safe.
Theresa Mull, Editor of Gunpowder Magazine states,
articleBanning bump stocks doesn’t affect most gun owners, and most of them don’t care about bump stocks, but the precedent such action sets, especially at the federal level, is significant. There is a bigger reason why bump stocks matter. Why do we need the federal government and state governments in the business of regulating, banning, and otherwise meddling with gun accessories? Isn’t it bad enough they are banning guns and magazines left and right?
Shall we make ourselves defenseless in the face of someone wishing to do us harm? We can see how well banning guns has stopped crime in other places. Also we can note how the "slippery slope" created by these restrictions on our freedoms isn't enough for politicians (in London, England, they were even considering a knife ban after their gun ban didn't stop all attacks). As for now,
-MullSo, unfortunately, it looks like bump stocks will meet their fate across the country very quickly. Politicians will pat themselves on the back, and they will tell grieving parents that something was done. But in the end, more gun control will not stop the violence one bit, and it will not make people safer.