Our twisted American gun culture: Why is a “bump stock” legal?

“Twelve rifles the Las Vegas gunman had in his hotel suite on Sunday were outfitted with a ‘bump stock,’ a device that would enable them to fire hundreds of rounds per minute, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said at a news conference late Tuesday. Bump stocks are legal and inexpensive, with some versions advertised for $99.”
—The New York Times

This kind of device is often glamorized in our gun culture. I searched on the internet, and found all sorts of advertisements for these devices, including one for $99. Here’s an example of one ad: Meet the “bump fire virgin,” a YouTube video with 1.4 million views.

Some comments in the video:
•”Just great stuff here. All around.”
•”Can’t decide which one I love more. Girl or the gun.”
•”Was anyone else expecting that either the hot girl or the guy filming was going to get killed by ricochet bullets?”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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