DID STEPHEN HAVE A 'ROO LOOSE IN THE TOP PADDOCK?
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
He clearly hadn’t tested the “bump-up stock” for use on his array of semi-automatic weapons. The bump stock is a manufacturer’s application whereby a semi-automatic weapon, that shoots rounds at the rate of 40 per minute can, with this clip-on device, shoot rounds at the rate of the 660 per minute we all heard during the attack.
The stop/start fusillades of random rounds from the Mandalay hotel indicated Paddock was having trouble continuing with his murderous salvos.
Had he tested the application at a range first, he would probably have decided not to use this "bump" thing because it doesn’t work and can’t work.
This attachment (above) can make this machine gun (below) from a simple semi- automatic rifle
After two seconds of rapid fire with the bump attached and the trigger depressed the semi’s barrel becomes extremely hot. After five seconds it glows bright red and expels clouds of smoke. Continue firing and the barrel will melt, distorting out of shape, and sending rounds flying in every direction except toward the target.
The reason this happens is that a “semi” rifle is designed for one trigger-press per round, allowing a short period of cooling between shots, while the fully automatic has continuous firing, requiring a water-cooled barrel made from slow-heating metal.
Reports say Paddock’s smoke alarms were going crazy in his room alerting staff to his position.
When the bump stock is attached it uses the recoil to “bump” the next round into the chamber, automatically discarding the empty casing at the same time, in a continuous “machine gun” type operation.
Yet it does not use any machinery and cannot therefore be legally called an “automatic” rifle or a machine gun. It just uses the bare, basic physics of the recoil.
It’s like putting a 12 cylinder Aston Martin engine into a T model Ford and not expecting to have braking problems.
Well I don’t know, but this is certainly a gun retailer’s sneaky way to circumvent State laws against automatic weapons and these manufacturers/retailers could be successfully charged, at least for recommending their “bump” attachment be fitted to “semi-automatic” rifles that are dangerously unsuited to it.
Mad red necks are always looking to maximise the extremities of the Second Amendment in order to liquidate the odd watermelon, Jack rabbit or Red squirrel.
And no prizes for guessing the fool who approved of these bump-stock attachments in 2010.
When the NRA comes down against this sort of armoury chicanery, which it has, you can bet the obstructive Senate Dems, and even the vengeful Republican John McCain, will finally agree to some legislation.
And you can bet this bullshit is already available in Sydney’s south and Melbourne’s north.