GOP Rep on Gun Control Debate: 'To Get to a Solution, You Can't Just Go After the Tools'
"There’s no better way to honor the 59 people slaughtered than to take action to prevent this from happening yet again," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Feinstein and fellow Democrats are calling for a ban on the sale and manufacture of bump stocks, the devices that gunman Stephen Paddock attached to semi-automatic weapons to make them reach the same rate of fire as fully automatic weapons.
Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK), an Army veteran and owner of a small rifle manufacturing business, said going after guns, tools and accessories is the wrong approach to prevent attacks like what happened in Las Vegas on Sunday.
On "Fox & Friends" this morning, he explained that we must first identify threats and engage the public.
"Here we have an individual who hauled hundreds of pounds of equipment in, who set up cameras, who went through elaborate detail, and yet he was not viewed as a threat," Russell said. "To get to a solution, you can't just go after the tools."
He pointed out that countries with strong gun laws, such as Norway and France, still have terrible, deadly mass shootings.
"One of the ideas that I'm promoting is to form a task force with experts, where we can work on the issue with people that are actually qualified, that know the laws, that know the issues," Russell said, adding that they could discuss the proposed ban on bump stocks and other devices. "But going after the implements is not the solution."
The congressman also recently proposed a bill called the Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act of 2017, which would create harsher penalties against those who steal firearms from federal firearms licensees and would make it a federal crime to steal firearms from gun clubs and shooting ranges.
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