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WTH? A Republican has just introduced a gun control bill banning bump stocks

What in the world is going on with the Republican Party?

(National SentinelGrand Ol’ Pathetic: Something is happening to the Republican Party, and for conservatives, it isn’t good.

After promising to repeal and replace Obamacare for seven years if only voters gave the party the House, the Senate and the White House — which voters did — the party couldn’t get it done.

After claiming for — decades — to be the party of smaller government, the only one who is slashing the size and scope of the federal leviathan is President Donald J. Trump, via executive orders.

Tax reform, which used to be a pillar of the GOP platform, is now in danger of not passing because there are far too many RINOs in the party.

And now, a “Republican” lawmaker has introduced a gun control bill.

As reported by Breitbart News:

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)  put forward a gun control bill Tuesday designed to ban the manufacture, sale, or possession of bump stock accessories in the United States.

Breitbart News reported that Barack Obama’s ATF approved bump stocks for sale because they are accessories, not conversion devices. In other words, they do not convert a semiautomatic into an automatic. Curbelo gets around this with legislation that bans accessories that “increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic 16 rifle but [do] not convert” it into an automatic.

The measure, which is yet to be titled, focuses only on accessories that speed up the rate of fire for a semiautomatic rifle, without actually converting it into a fully automatic weapon. The language is broad and all-encompassing: “[The bill will] prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun, and for other purposes.”

But wait — will the bill also ban fingers? Because as the video below shows, you don’t need a “bump stock” to make your semi-automatic rifle fire more quickly:

So far no other Republicans have signed on to Curbelo’s measure, Breitbart reported.

But the way the Republican Party in general is behaving these days, we’re not at all certain that no GOP lawmakers will sign on before all is said and done.

At least some members are pushing back against this ban, claiming that it’s bogus and won’t do anything to reduce any criminal activity. One of them is Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, who tweeted out a warning to other members:

By the way, though we despise their policy agenda, we do want to point out that you rarely see this kind of disunity within the Democratic Party. Once they settle on a policy position regarding a particular issue, Democrats generally line up in lockstep to support (or oppose) it.

The Republican Party could learn a lesson in unity from the party of the Donkey.

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