Sen. Victor Ramirez: It's on us to pass common-sense reform and ban bump stocks

Sen. Victor Ramierz On October 1, 2017,  a gunman opened fire on concert goers in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 58 people, and injuring 546. Like many of you, I watched in horror as the injury count of victims in Las Vegas continued to rise. People from all over went to a concert in Las Vegas to have a fun evening of music that turned into a nightmare of bullets raining from above. All of this destruction was caused by one man. How could one man fire off so many rounds of ammunition and kill and injure so many? 

This man was using a bump stock in his firearm. When attached to the firearm the bump stock allows a shooter to engage the firearm’s trigger and fire off continuous rounds at a very high rate of speed. Bump stocks are currently not legislated under the assault rifle ban in Maryland. The ATF has stated it does not have the legal capacity to regulate them, and Congress has been reluctant at best to confront the NRA. Any individual can walk into a gun store and purchase this device which serves no purpose in our society other than mass murder and unimaginable pain. 
I am proud to be sponsoring a piece of legislation that would ban bump stocks. It is on us, the Maryland Legislature, to pass a very common sense safety measure to protect Marylanders. No person should be able to use this loophole in the law to create carnage in our communities. 

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  • commented 2018-01-05 21:53:24 -0500
    Please understand that it isn’t the stock that is the issue. One bomb can wipe out a ton of people. It is the person, ultimately, that is the issue. I am all for taking the stock out of circulation. Hunters and homeowners don’t need it to hunt or protect property. We have to do more to recognize mental illness and breakdown in this country. I am for right to privacy within reason but as a member of the military, I cannot tell you how valuable weapons safety and training is. The other part is ensuring trust of that weapon to someone that has earned trust. We could remove all of the stocks, but many a mass shooting took place with a handgun or rifle, a few shots at a time was all it took. We are still being faced with killings, to include running people over with vans and vehicles. The stocks, type of weapons, type of ammo, those are only part of the issue, the tools. If I don’t have a hammer I can still use a high heel to pound a nail. The job still gets done even though I didn’t have the right tool. So we have to do more and dig deeper. The effort seems valiant, but it seems like an easy pick in these trying times. There needs to be a better developed plan. You haven’t touched on the underlying issue of mental health and access to weapons. You don’t mention active shooter training response for big venues. You aren’t talking about police and EMT reponse and what equipment/processes can improve response time. You aren’t talking about hospital training and access to care immediately after and can trauma units handle a high volume of patients at one time? What about PTSD and follow on care? I appreciate the effort but it is very weak with no structure. You mention the obstacles, but how can this plan resolve that? Until you do, this just seems to be an easy target, but if you were able to remove the stocks , and not improve the health and safety of those involved, you still will fail your constituents.