GOP candidate for governor: Bump stock ‘prevented more casualties’ in Las Vegas

Shooting instructor Frankie McRae demonstrates the grip on an AR-15 rifle fitted with a bump stock at his 37 PSR Gun Club in Bunnlevel, N.C. AP file/Allen G. Breed

We are told that it is bad manners to discuss the causes of gun violence after one-man massacres that kill scores and wound hundreds like the one in Las Vegas.

The apparent exception to this rule: Republican candidates for governor in Georgia.

In the latest on a long list of attempts to grab attention, state Sen. Mike Williams of Cumming has developed a unique defense for the “bump stocks” used by the Las Vegas shooter to turn his single-shot arsenal into a cache of nine-rounds-a-second Gatling guns.

The gadgets made the killing field below the shooter’s 32-floor hotel room less deadly, Williams argued in a press release late Monday that included this quote from the candidate:

“Many firearms experts determined the Las Vegas shooter’s use of a bump stock actually prevented more casualties and [injuries] due to its inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control. There is zero evidence that banning bump stocks would prevent any gun violence deaths.”

In other words, sloppy mass killers are safer mass killers. As a public safety argument, this is more than unusual. Using the same logic, one could argue that we would all be more secure if guns were only in the hands of the legally blind. Nonetheless, in support of his position, Williams is giving away a bump stock to a “lucky winner” who registers at an internet location that we’d rather not share, thank you very much.

The Forsyth County businessman entered the race for governor by declaring, at a state GOP convention in June, that powers in the State Capitol had promised him chairmanship of the Senate budget committee if he would only withdraw. He has since provided no evidence.

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, the NRA has said it’s willing to consider outlawing bump stocks, but only if this is done administratively, through the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. (There’s no need to subject members of Congress to any pressure from constituents.)

But in his Monday press release, Williams argued that that the ATF got it right the first time:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms determined in a 2015 memo that bump stocks are not mechanical, therefore they do not fall under the machine gun weapons ban of 1986. An attack on bump stocks is an attack on the Second Amendment….

“If politicians wanted to have a real conversation on reducing gun violence, they would be discussing mental health awareness, and ways to reduce the weekly bloodbath in Chicago and other inner cities. You cannot regulate evil out of existence. Blaming guns or bump stocks for the actions of a lunatic, is the same as blaming McDonald’s for heart disease.”

No, you can’t regulate evil out of existence. But it’s been a settled matter for some time that you don’t put a machine gun into its hands, either. And at some point, the person who would do so becomes an accomplice.

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U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, is beginning to stock up for her re-election bid next year. The Republican had roughly $482,000 in the bank going into October, according to new federal filings, a formidable war chest for a first-term lawmaker. She raised $113,000 between July and the end of September, per those disclosures.

Handel’s competition for the 2018 Sixth District race is still shaping up. Former Atlanta TV anchor Bobby Kaple, who entered the contest as a Democrat last week, didn’t have to file a disclosure this quarter. Her other Democratic opponent, college professor Richard Keatley, ended the third quarter with $359 in debt. (Tamar Hallerman)

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On a similar topic: The Marietta Daily Journal today gently chides U.S. Rep. Karen Handel for her lack of in-person, group encounters with voters:

Handel has not yet fulfilled her pledge to hold three, in-district, in-person, town hall meetings open to the general public. But given she only won the special election on June 20, there’s still ample time to do so before her first year in office is over.

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The Democrat looming largest in the Sixth District race, Jon Ossoff, is staying on the sidelines for now, though he has dropped hints about a possible second run. His campaign committee, of course, didn’t raise any cash in the third quarter, but it did report $294,000 in “other receipts.” The money came from renting its email list to the Democratic campaign consulting shop Mothership Strategies. (TH)

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Former House speaker and Trump confidant Newt Gingrich once again has a government role: diplomatic spouse. The Senate confirmed his wife Callista to be U.S. ambassador to Vatican City last night by a 70-23 margin. The onetime Georgia congressman was taught a crash course in being a diplomatic spouse at the State Department earlier this year. (TH)

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She wasn’t calling Kasim Reed out by name, but his predecessor, Shirley Franklin, had sharp words for the tenor in City Hall. In an interview with Rashad Richey, Franklin said her approach was modeled after the “diplomatic” terms of former Atlanta mayors Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young.

“I don’t like the public fighting that I have seen over the last few years and the slamming each other – I don’t know what the current term is – denigrating people and name-calling and slanderous comments,” said Franklin. “I don’t like that from anybody, and I don’t like that from anyone. I think that’s unnecessary.”

Franklin said she won’t be endorsing any mayoral candidate – but that she “seriously” considered her own bid for office before deciding against it.(GB)

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We’re told U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., dined last night at the stately residence of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. He was one of a handful of Senate Republicans and moderate Democrats to discuss tax reform with the first daughter and her husband, both presidential advisers. (TH)

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More Georgia judicial nominees are on the move in the U.S. Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on three administration picks for Georgia-based U.S. district judgeships on Thursday — Billy Ray, Tripp Self and Michael Brown.  (TH)

Reader Comments 7

32 comments
RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Well, I can right Williams off my list of Governor candidates I'll consider.


Handel made a robo call to my house for me to join her audio conference....after it was over! If she ever holds a public meeting, I bet it will be by invitation only! How much of her money is from out of the district?


Gingrich openly participated in a sexual/secret relationship with Newt when he was still married. How applicable that she is now the Ambassador to the Vatican! I remember the day in the Catholic Church that if you divorced, you were excommunicated!

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DavidATL45
DavidATL45

What a pity that such stupid human beings are allowed to run for Governor.

PBlueRibbon
PBlueRibbon

This shooting was merely about terror and nothing else.  The shooter wanted to discharge as may cartridges as he could in the least possible time; hence the bump stock.  I wouldn't shoot a bump stock for any reason, but especially if I wanted accuracy in  a fire arm.


The bump stock was initended to simulate automatic weapons fire which would be digitally recorded by somebody, and broadcast world wide with the ack-ac-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack- sounds of auto fire in the background.  


Anybody that knows nothing about guns would be horrified that it could happen to them.  First thing we hear was 'GUN CONTROL.'


That is what was intended by whomever, not the shooter, that planned this attack.  Make terror and they beg for the 2nd Amendment  to be repealed.  Sure looks that way to PBR and his pith tin foil helmet. 


PBR think the shooter owed somebody big time.  Curious how his girl friend just happened to be overseas at the time of the shooting.  Maybe she was going to be killed if the Killer did not perform this act?


Just conjecture, but as good a theory as any other I have heard.


Truth may or may not come out.  We'll see.


You people that don't know anything, or anything about guns, keep on posting so we that do know, know how stupid you are.  Can't fix that stupid gene.


I'm done.  Here's your red meat.


PBR

MoFaux
MoFaux

@PBlueRibbon Or maybe the terrorist just wanted to point out (in a really insane way) how messed up our gun laws are (meaning, how easy it is to obtain large amounts of weapons with no one knowing) and how easy it is to kill lots of people and instill terror with little effort and training.  We may never know.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@PBlueRibbon " Make terror and they beg for the 2nd Amendment  to be repealed. "

 No not repealed but made "sane"!


"PBR think the shooter owed somebody big time.  "

Police reported that he was not in debt and had millions.

Feelings, nothing more than feelings...

You can sing along if you like!

Mandingo666
Mandingo666

Yes, this thinking will attract Amazon to GA

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

Unbelievable.  And, like clockwork, you have rubes on this blog defending this idiot, trying to make sense of a statement that is void of it. 

This shouldn't be necessary to say, but .... the shooter did not care about accuracy. He cared about mass carnage, thus his need for the bump stock. He was not "aiming" at specific targets. If he were, why not try to hit Jason Aldean with the first shot. As morbid as it sounds, that would have raised his profile and the profile of the massacre even more, which was his goal in the first place.

Bottom line: There is no need for anyone but a soldier in the armed forces to have an assault rifle. 

BravesGirl
BravesGirl

I like how the NRA says it is "rude" to talk about gun control after a mass shooting.  I knew GA politics was deep in the pockets of the NRA when they allowed guns in churches and schools.  Amazing.

PDPDP8
PDPDP8

@BravesGirl  Buy they chose not to allow guns in the State Capital (where they work).  What idiots! From a former NRA member.

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

Whenever law enforcement arrives at a scene.....and they are out gunned.......things do not go well

MoFaux
MoFaux

We should legalize automatic weapons, since they help preserve life, according to the "experts".

PBlueRibbon
PBlueRibbon

@MoFaux Auto weapons are legal.  Needs to do some research.  Another stupid postage.  Amazed at the dumb arse-ery of you anti-gunners.  Tis a shame to be so stupid when there is so much free info on the Internets.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@PBlueRibbon @MoFaux Not fully-auto weapons, which is what I meant.  Someone who drinks PBR should not be calling out anyone for stupidity.

monty1
monty1

thousands of people, good law abiding people own bump stocks. Bump stocks don't make people mass murderers. He was rich, he could have gotten them on the black market illegally or he could have used his car as a bomb which it looks like he intended to blow a bunch of people up. Lets don't pretend even if bump stocks were illegal he couldn't have gotten a few. This guy was demented though apparently no one knew. A terrible tragedy but having outlawed bump stocks wouldn't have stopped this guy from taking out a bunch of people in one form or another. I don't care personally about bump stocks one way or the other, I don't even own a gun myself. But it's too simplistic to think that having laws on the books will keep evil doers from committing crimes. Laws are for good people.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@monty1 Another genius who advocates complete anarchy since only good guys follow laws.  SMH.

CLENDENEN
CLENDENEN

This is one of the stupidest things ever said by a Republican, or in fact by any human being. He wasn't aiming at anything, you dumb s___! He was spraying the crowd randomly.

chill30313
chill30313

What a load of BS. This man just lost the election.

Likewise
Likewise

And since the earth is flat, mass killers inaccurately aim away from the horizon raining their bullets on concrete surfaces instead of at birds in trees.  We are thankful here in Forsyth County for our leaders as we help move the state forward in the never ending evolution of mankind.  Oops, did I say evolution? Sorry.  Please don't burn me at the stake. 

Can'o'corn
Can'o'corn

firing more bullets allows for the possibly of hitting more targets....no?  when shooting moving fish in a barrel, accuracy doesn't matter as much as volume, but who cares about logic, right?

chill30313
chill30313

@Swedish House Mafia He is right about it being less accurate, but the number of bullets flying make accuracy moot from that distance. The bump stock allowed him to spray many more bullets into the crowd. He was not targeting specific people.

vespajet
vespajet

@chill30313 @Swedish House Mafia Especially considering the number of guns he had in his room and the amount of ammo.  If it wasn't for the hotel security guard that got shot in the minutes prior to the attack, the attack could have potentially lasted longer.  That shooting helped the LVMPD to pinpoint where the shooter was at.   This tragedy also exposed the fact that there are a lot of crimes at Las Vegas hotels that go unreported because they are handed in-house and only more serious crimes get reported to LVMPD and even then, they have to get approval from hotel staff further up the ladder.   It's a mentality that dates back to the early days of Las Vegas as a resort destination.  Instead of calling the cops, they'd take a criminal out back and dole out their own form of punishment.  This was a form of "cowboy justice" that also was common with the mobsters that had stakes in casinos and when the casinos were "cleaned up" and the hidden mob ownership exposed, the security mindset remained.  

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Gringo_Bandito He said "may", an important distinction.  It's impossible to know.  Also, the terrorist was not a trained sniper, so the notion that he would have calmly killed someone with every single controlled shot is absurd.

chill30313
chill30313

@Gringo_Bandito You are a marksman... You specify a specific target. This killer wanted to rain as many bullets down on that crowd as possible and the bump stock allowed him to do it. This was not about accuracy, but rather volume. And thank you for your service!!

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