We are suffering what I call NFA-Induced Memory loss with a lack of pragmatism.
After Las Vegas and Parkland, the Left and Democrats did not target just bump stocks, but had a huge list of targets: “Assault weapons” (including pistols), magazines, universal background checks for gun and ammunition, the end of online sales of firearms, the ever popular gun registration and maybe a couple of others.
It was a brutal attack against gun rights. The media were 99% against us, they colluded (love that word) in creating a lopsided town hall with the Broward Sheriff who knew by then (and did not say shit) about the failed performance of his deputies.
Tens of thousands of people marching in DC for gun control. Media darlings created, Kids from Parkland paraded around the country as new revolutionary heroes.
This was it. This was supposed to be the end of Guns in America…but they did not get it.
Our bill came due to a piece of plastic that can be substituted by a rubber band, and people are losing their shit as if they were about to be forced to give up their rifles at gun point tomorrow. Mind you, you can go now and buy an AR15 for under $400 but apparently the ability to go fast pew can only be achieved with a gadget that is treated as the Holy Grail and ignore the rest?
I understand the principle, but I cannot divorce reality from the stupid Wishlist of some “gun groups” more interested in getting some of the NRA’s money than actually be “bloodied” in real life gun rights fight and the only thing they actually do is ring the bell of NFA and promise an auto sear in every pot. The sad part I how many and how loudly lots of loud folks believe it.
The best thing to do if you ever want to see full auto weapons and the rest of the NFA accessories is simply to stop giving it the loud importance you want it to give. The games played with NFA items, and specifically machine guns has been one of the most damaging things for Gun Rights, decades later we are still fighting the branding of the fake term “assault weapons” to any semi auto rifle by Gun Control so the public believes they are actually machine guns. Every week, Hollywood shows on TV and the movies how easy is for the average gang banger to lay a hand on the super fast murder gun, apparently available at every corner bodega and when people on our side come out chest thumping about full auto, we get tagged as the morons that really want to see MS13 doing drive-bys with an m-60 sticking out of the window of the Impala. We need to be detached enough to simply tell anybody who ask “Hey, that is Hollywood bullshit. What I have is different, here shoot mine.”
“But Miguel, it is the principle!”
Bullshit. Principles are fin and dandy in an honorable exchange of ideas. They are not so hot in a knife fight inside a phone booth where you need hard-nosed tactics. Principles are great only if you win the war.
“But Miguel, if we give up on bump stocks, they will come for our AR15s!”
Hey Sparky, wake the hell up. They are always coming after out AR15s. They have been doing so for the last 35 years with no plans to stop any time soon. Where the hell have you been that you have not noticed that? Bump Stocks is not going to be the downfall of the Republic, no matter what the fundraisers of other gun groups are telling you will happen.
Perfect is the enemy of good. And in this case, Perfect is the enemy of Almost Perfect and some people want to see the whole shit burn down to the ground on a philosophical tantrum.