SCOTUS bump stock decision gift for law enforcement unions, not so much for individual cops



Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6 - 3 decision, repealing an ATF administrative ruling outlawing so-called bump stock devices. This device allows a semi-automatic firearm to be converted into a machine gun.

The 2017 Las Vegas shooting was perpetrated by a lone gunman who killed 60 people and wounded hundreds and used a bump stock for his mass killing at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. Former President Donald Trump had the ATF issue rules outlawing the device. 

Today's ruling has far-reaching implications. 

The SCOTUS seems intent on tearing apart the administrative state and the institutions that make the United States, until the last several years at least, the world's most stable democracy. It's no mistake that our Treasury Bills are the most trusted financial instrument in the world.

Obviously, with the availability of bump stocks, mass killers now have legal access to the devices. It's only a matter of time before they become part of another mass killing.

With no intended cynicism, today's decision is a gift to one group - police unions. When police unions enter contract negotiations, especially in those states that have loose or no gun controls, they can rightfully say as law enforcement professionals, they are particularly vulnerable. They would be right in that assertion.  

Police unions can rightfully seek and probably win higher wages and benefits. Who can blame them - it's one thing to respond to a call for, say, a burglary, compared to being the initial officers at an active mass shooting with a shooter using a bump stock.

Of course, for every winner, there is a loser. What about the cop or cops who are the first responders to an active shooter in the above-described scenario?

So, as the ramifications of this decision occur, keep in mind that not only is the general public safety imperiled, but so are individual cops.  

    
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Renegade said...

This is just another example of the further deterioration and reasonableness of our most fabled institution, the US Supreme Court. They again have eroded, perhaps indirectly this time (as opposed to overturning Roe and directly taking away women's rights over their own bodies), people's rights to safety and their pursuit of happiness by allowing deranged killers the rights to arm machine guns and conduct mass killings. These bump stocks serve no other worldly purpose but to wreak deadly devastation. Taking this into consideration along with the lack of ethics (Thomas) and judgement (Alito) these justices have displayed soils and puts into question every decision they now make. With this decision, they again let down the mass public. Long live the NRA. Not so much the unsuspecting public and police.

Steve L said...

So let me get this straight; our American judicial has now determined that Hunter Biden can’t buy a handgun while on drugs but deranged psychos can mow down hundreds of innocent and unsuspecting citizens with bump stocks??
Time for term limits and impeachment proceedings to begin on those that have lost touch with reality.

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