Congressional Republicans are considering a rare gun regulation in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and conservative media is pushing back. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday joined a number of Republicans saying they are open to potentially regulating or banning the “bump stocks” found in the hotel room of the shooter in Las Vegas earlier this week, which left at least 59 dead and about 500 wounded. Bump stocks are modifications that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at the higher rates that simulate automatic weapons, which are illegal and far more difficult to obtain. But many conservative media outlets, which often mirror sentiments among the base and help stoke action, aren’t convinced. The Wall Street Journal editorial board dismissed the argument that gun control – and banning bump stocks specifically – would stop mass shootings, writing that the practice of bumping a trigger manually with one’s finger “long predates bump stocks or other accessories.” Other sites more aligned with the conservative grassroots went further. Breitbart News has run several articles in the last several days criticizing Republicans for considering legislation to ban the gun modifications. In a headline on the site on Thursday, Breitbart framed an… Read full this story
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