Vice interviews a former ATF analyst on bump fire stocks, makes the subtle case to ban semiautomatic firearms.

Vice is usually not known for their unbiased coverage or accurate gun reporting.  Just look at their “Gun Control” section of their site – 11 pages of entries, with few (if any) neutral or objective segments.

Which is why I’m not going to give them the benefit of the doubt with this piece:

The gist is, “Bump stocks are legal because that’s how the law is written.”  The retired ATF analyst even demonstrates how bumpfire can be achieved without a stock, and the VICE reporter quickly is able to replicate this.

The implication is clear: Congress must take action to change the laws.


Politi”fact” got it wrong when rating NRA claims as false.

Back in 2013, Politifact published this article “debunking” a NRA fundraising flyer, and honed in on the “ban ammunition” talking point in particular:

Here we’ll examine what the NRA listed as reason No. 2 — “Obama supported Ted Kennedy’s ammo ban to outlaw all deer-hunting ammunition.”

It’s an oldie, but a goodie. The NRA used the same general attack against John Kerry in 2004 and against Obama in 2008.

The attack against Obama is rooted in a vote he took while serving in the U.S. Senate. It has to do with what the federal government considers armor-piercing ammunition (not, as the statement says, ammo for deer hunting).

Hm.  Considering the recent ATF proposal to ban M855 ammunition following on 2014’s ban on 7n6 ammunition and previous bans on steel core 7.62×39 back in 1994 (granted that’s prior to President Obama’s election), it sure looks like the NRA was right.

NRA’s comments on the upcoming ATF action:

Banning M855 is nothing more than this administration trying to restrict the #1 sporting rifle in America by cutting off the most available ammunition for it.

Obama Administration proposes cutting ATF funds by 12%

This is interesting:

The Justice Department would see a small funding increase under President Obama’s proposed budget, but key Justice agencies such as the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would have to make do with less money, budget documents show. Funding is up for top priorities such as national security and counter-terrorism ($107 million more than the current year) and civil rights enforcement ($103 million in new investments). But the FBI — perhaps the most prominent Justice Department agency — would see a 6.5 percent decrease in its overall budget, from $8.9 billion to $8.2 billion. Funding for the ATF, long considered vulnerable to the budget axe, would drop 12 percent. Other Justice agencies such as the U.S. Marshals Service would retain the same level of funding, while the Drug Enforcement Administration – fighting an increase in heroin use and a continuing prescription drug epidemic – would see an 8 percent increase.

Now, I’m hardly what you would consider a fan of the BATFE, but a 12% cut in their budget certainly doesn’t sound like the hallmark of an administration that is serious about tackling gun crime.

The Usual Suspects typically harp on the NRA as the single reason the ATF is unwilling unable to perform their duties, including multiple hit piece articles detailing a litany of half baked claims & excuses as to why the NRA is the root cause of gun crime in the US, but I’d venture to guess that more than decimating the budget of the firearms regulatory agency is going to have an effect.