Last week I has some initial observation and speculation on the shooting after speaking with two friends. I must say after hearing of the "bump-stock," I had no idea what the hell this thing was. But seeing how quickly politicians, especially Democrats, wanted to ban it, I knew this was symbolism over substance.The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots.
Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.
Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.
My friend SM posted the second video and it shows how to bump-fire a rifle. Basically, instead of placing the stock of the weapon into your shoulder, you leave around a half inch space you leave about one-half inch space between the stock and the shoulder. Then you place your trigger finger in the trigger guard, keep it firmly in a nine o'clock position (assuming right handed shooter), and depress the trigger. The first round goes off, the rifle moves back and recoils forward. Keeping the finger firming in position, the trigger is depressed, the rifle fires again, and the cycle repeats. Gotta say, simple, functional and ingenious. And requires no modification to a semi-automatic rifle.
Here are some examples of the technique:
Some years ago an officer using the "facilities" and in preparation, he hung his pistol, using the trigger guard, on the coat rack. When he went to grab it, he accidentally depressed the trigger and the pistol fired. And it also went on "automatic" fire, in that the pistol kept moving back and forth from the trigger guard and trigger, and only stopped when the weapon ran out of bullet. Thankfully no one was hurt, but I know the man will never hear the end of this.
I've heard multiple reports that Stephen Paddock had these "bump-stocks" on his weapons and I have no idea if that's true. Simply put, unless it comes from the sheriff or other adult supervision of the investigation, I won't give it much credit. But this shows again, if you are motivated, you will make something happen.
Have a great week.