NRA opposes ban on device that it momentarily pretended to dislike

The National Rifle Association came out in opposition Thursday to Congress’s proposed ban on a device used by Stephen Paddock to murder 59 people in Las Vegas.

In a cynical display of mock-empathy, the terrorist organization previously expressed support for increased regulations on so-called “bump stocks” — attachments that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly akin to fully automatic weapons — but the NRA wants to make clear it doesn’t support lawmakers getting too crazy by outlawing the devices.

Senate Democrats introduced bump stock legislation last week, and a bipartisan group of House members unveiled similar legislation on Tuesday. Both bills would ban the manufacture, possession, and sale of the device, which Paddock used to fire around 90 shots in under 10 seconds.

“The NRA opposes the Feinstein and Curbelo legislation,” Jennifer Baker, the director of public affairs for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, told The Hill. “These bills are intentionally overreaching and would ban commonly owned firearm accessories.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he supports banning bump stocks, but would prefer the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives make the decision, rather than set a dangerous precedent of Congress taking any action in the wake of massacres.

I guess it’s good to know that what seemed like the least Washington could do in response to the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history is not, in the NRA’s eyes, the least they could do.

[photo: Getty]