Griffith Land & Cattle Co.

 Updated 6 October 2017
The Sounding Board
Where you can sometimes read what I (and others) think, and why. 

If YOU want to share your thoughts here too, send me an email and let me know what you want to say.
We'll clean up any simple grammatical errors and show it here. Each post will bear the date they were added.
This stuff will change regularly and subjects will only be displayed for awhile, (yet to be determined.)
We'll see how it goes.
Copyright warning, if you use anything herein be sure to maintain the context. If we learn of a breach of that trust it'll mean trouble. Don't doubt that!

Hey Y'all,
I recently answered the inquiry of a long-past girlfriend who (because of recent events) reached out to get my opinion of "the bump-stocks place in our society." Below is my response. You might find it useful and you have my permission to share it with others.

Hey Sherri,
You flatter me in letting me think that you thought you'd get an "intelligent opinion" from me about any societal subject.
I'll try not to disappoint.

First, a couple of defining remarks are in order. The "Bump-Stock" we hear so much about these days is a specific name brand for just one of literally dozens of devices known generically as "bump-fire devices."
As a group they've been in the market place since the early 80s, at least. Also as a group they have a fairly wide range of differing mechanical actions all designed to accomplish the same end, to allow the shooter to fire more ammo faster. They do not and never did increase the "cyclic rate" of the firearm they're attached to.

One thing they all have in common is that they have a dramatic negative effect on the "effectiveness" of the gun as it relates to accuracy. To make them work at all the firearm must be held somewhat loosely, an act that is ruinous to accuracy under all circumstances. They are held loosely because the gun must be allowed to "jump around" in the the shooter's hands in order for the device to work properly. They can be pointed, but not "aimed." Recent events cannot change these facts.

In our society they're in the same place as muscle-cars and hot-rods, motorcycles and "professional" ball games. They provide the men of our emasculated society a way to feel a little bit less un-manly.

Semi-auto and full-auto firearms have been around since the late 1800s. Each model has a specific "cyclic rate" that cannot be changed. The larger the caliber the slower the cyclic rate, (as a matter of physics.) However, in all the semi-auto models that cyclic rate is too fast for a human being to make any practical use of.
In the case of the semi-autos the trigger must be "pulled" or "pressed" for each and every shot. A human simply can't work the trigger fast enough to get anywhere near the speed (the cyclic rate) at which the gun could fire. The bump-fire devices help the shooter fire the gun faster than humanly possible. It can seem very fast but it's still much slower than "full-auto."

Folks have been tinkering at building such mechanical devices to manipulate the trigger faster for many decades. In the 80s someone figured out that "others" might pay money for such things. They were right and for awhile we were "off to the races." Most knowledgeable riflemen would not put one on their gun. That's because they eliminate the actual purpose of a rifle, (shooting long distances with accuracy.) A bump-fire device reduces the firearm to little more than a noise-making device.

For practical thinkers the recent "event" in Las Vegas is a demonstration of all of the above.
Bump-fire devices can only assist a shooter in creating carnage if the victims are tightly packed in a space from which they cannot easily escape. That's what our recently notorious psycho did.

The unhappy reality of that scene is that nothing, that's NOTHING could have prevented it. That guy was going to do something like that no matter what. There's no law against being a "psycho," a generic term. I know several. Many happen to be women. Nothing can be done about psychos until they commit an illegal act.
In this case the guy was what's called a "sociopath." As a group they're the most dangerous kind. Look it up.
Our society is creating them in stamping-machine fashion and that phenomenon has nothing at all to do with guns.

I'll close off here by reiterating what I said above. The bump-fire devices "place in society" are in the same realm as hot-rods, muscle-cars, motor cycles and all the other "toys" that are used to help men (mostly) cope with their own feelings of masculine insecurity. All such things are harmless until in the hands of a psycho which can be neither predicted nor prevented.

The sad truth for each and every victim of the recent psycho is quite simply that they were unlucky.
He did not "aim" at a single one of them. He aimed at the crowd, a very big target and "some of them" got hit. The bump-fire device he used helped him create carnage. Even so, he managed to hit less than one percent of the victims available to him. Sad but very accurately true.

Trying to "prevent" such a thing is an exercise in futility. It cannot be done. We're all in greater danger from being struck by lightening which also can't be prevented.
The "problem" is with our society, not guns and definitely not "bump-stocks."

I hope this was helpful.


web counter

Web By DogWebs Premium | Edit | Copyright 2012 - 2018