A senior Senate Democrat admitted over the weekend that increased gun control restrictions wouldn’t have prevented the Las Vegas massacre.
What was said?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) admitted on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that no law would have stopped the Las Vegas shooter from buying guns and committing the massacre.
Host John Dickerson asked: “Could there have been any law passed that would’ve stopped him?”
Feinstein replied: “No, he passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions.”
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The admission came during a discussion about the possibility of increased gun control and regulations in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, such as making “bump fire stocks,” which the Vegas shooter used to modify his semi-automatic rifles, illegal for civilian purchase and use.
What did she say about bump stocks?
Even though Feinstein admitted no additional laws would have stopped the Vegas killer, she told Dickerson a law needs to be passed to outlaw bump stocks. Many Republicans and even the National Rifle Association have said they would support bump stock regulations after the Las Vegas shooting. Feinstein called the move a “step forward.” She said:
Well, I thought that’s a step forward, and it’s appreciate — it’s appreciated. [But] regulations aren’t going to do it. We need a law. It can’t be changed by another president. Right now we’re seeing one president change actions of a — of a president that came before him, and that would happen in this area. And I hope that Americans will step up and say, “Enough is enough. Congress, do something.”
What did she say about further gun control?
Dickerson asked Feinstein what she thinks of the liberal point-of-view — that semi-automatic “military-style” rifles should be banned — and she admitted she agrees with that belief to a certain extent.
She said: “I agree with them to a great extent. What I don’t — because, as you know, I did the assault weapons legislation in 1993, which was law of the land for 10 years. So I believe, I mean I’ve watched this thing from the Texas bell tower to today, in schools, in businesses, in workplaces. No one appears to be safe anywhere.”
Feinstein also said she is strictly opposed to an effort to have national concealed carry reciprocity and that all Americans should be opposed to it.