58 people died in Las Vegas. Maybe we can get behind a bump stock ban

The Trump administration effectively banned bump stocks this week through a new federal ruling that will reclassify the devices. A bump stock makes it possible to fire semi-automatic weapons as quickly as automatic weapons, like a machine guns.

The move is a response to last year’s shooting in Las Vegas, in which a gunman using bump stocks with semi-automatic weapons managed to kill 58 people at an open-air concert and wound hundreds more within 10 minutes, thanks to the technology.

A ban should be good news for everyone, even the most passionate gun owners, right? No one wants to see dozens of Americans killed within minutes.

Not so. In a recent piece by Sean Davis in The Federalist, Davis argues that the bump stock ban is an “abomination”:

As a matter of both law and physics, the Trump administration’s gun control rule banning bump stocks is an abomination. The Department of Justice (DOJ), which formally issued the rule, not only ignores underlying federal statutes that precisely define what constitutes a fully automatic “machine gun,” it also ignores the mechanics of how guns are fired and how bump stocks increase the rate of fire. Even worse, the faulty logic of the new gun control rule could eventually be used as a basis for a presidential administration unilaterally banning and confiscating all semi-automatic weapons.

Davis follows that up with a paragraphs-long explanation of how hammers of different weapons work and pedantic explanations of the technology of the weapons.

But all that feels like cover for what hundreds of American families know for sure: the effects of bump stocks. The outcome of this technology is that a lone man can kill 58 people in minutes and wound hundreds more, for reasons we still don’t know.

We acknowledge Davis’s fear about a slippery slope of Second Amendment regulation, but after hundreds of mass shootings and thousands of deaths this year, we have to ask what is the abomination really?

Under the new rule, gun owners who possess bump stocks will either need to get explicit permission to have them from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or destroy or surrender them within 90 days of the ruling taking effect.

Even as God-fearing, gun-owning Republicans, we say good riddance.