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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Friday, July 19, 2024

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Bump Stock B.S.

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The following is a quiz for readers who have more common sense than six U.S. Supreme Court justices.

That would be about all of you for the following reasons: It took a half-dozen Supremes about 42 pages to explain to us dummies why semi-automatic weapons outfitted with “bump stocks” are not, in effect, then converted to banned machine guns.

So here is your one question quiz: How many people did the Las Vegas shooter kill Oct. 1, 2017, and about how long did it take?

Answer: 60 humans while firing over 1,100 rounds in less than a few minutes using a long gun fitted with a bump stock. Hundreds were also wounded.

Except in war, where machine guns are very helpful in eradicating the enemy, can anybody tell me of another example where so many civilians – just folks like you and me – were killed so quickly by a machine gun?

Of course you can’t, and that tells all of us what six college-educated lawyers could not discern: Bump stocks cleverly and simply convert semi- to full-blown machine guns that deliver death, destruction and disastrous debacle to those on the receiving end of what comes out from the barrel.

Of course Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the majority opinion, based his fallacious and fact-devoid rhetoric on not the rights of gun owners under the 2nd amendment, but in the easier argument; that the federal agency in charge of guns – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms – went too far in declaring the obvious, which is bump stocks work as designed and deliver death to their targets just like machine guns.

Incredibly, partisan Parians loyal only to their appointing power could discern otherwise which Chief Justice John Roberts and five robots did.

Too bad the 60 music-loving folks whose lives were snuffed out that evening in Vegas are in no position to express their opinions about the idiocy put on 42 pages of paper justifying the unjustifiable. For most of us, about most of them, all we may ever know is a name, date of birth and date of death chiseled on their tombstones.

Is America a great country or not?

In this case, not by a long shot.

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Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson, a Lexington Democrat, served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1978-2006, including one term as Senate President Pro Tempore.