My daughter was shot and badly injured in the Las Vegas strip shooting that killed 58 people and injured over 500. One man was able to do so much damage because he easily accessed an accessory called a “bump stock” that effectively converted his semiautomatic weapons into fully automatic weapons.
Not only has Congress still failed to act on bump stocks, but it is considering making other dangerous firearm accessories easier to access. Earlier this year, gun-lobby backed legislators in Congress introduced the “Hearing Protection Act,” now part of the SHARE Act, that would make it easy for convicted felons, domestic abusers and other people with dangerous histories to obtain silencers without a background check.
In the wrong hands, silencers make a terrible situation much worse. This week marks five years since a gunman used a silencer to go on a 10-day shooting spree right here in Southern California, killing four people, including two police officers. It was difficult for bystanders and witnesses to hear the gunfire or determine where it came.
I urge my representatives in Congress to reject the SHARE Act and instead focus on solutions to the gun violence.
Ed Milam, Sanger