Republican Georgia state Sen. Michael Williams is holding a giveaway for a bump stock — the same type of device law enforcement officials say the Vegas shooter used to kill over 50 people during a concert in early October.
In a statement published on a website for William's gubernatorial run, Williams says the growing condemnation of bump stocks avoids taking action against gun violence. Williams also cites firearms experts claiming the bump stock prevented more deaths due to the device's "inaccuracy" when attached.
"The tragedy in Las Vegas broke my heart, but any talk of banning or regulating bump stocks is merely cheap political lip service from career politicians," Williams said. "In reality, the bump stock is the new, shiny object politicians are using to deceive voters into believing they are taking action against gun violence. Many firearms experts determined the Las Vegas shooter's use of a bump stock actually prevented more casualties and injures [sic] due to its inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control."
Williams' for-governor webpage allows people to fill out a submission form to win a bump stock. If Williams and experts agree the bump stock makes gun accuracy worse, then giving away a device that adds no value to guns seems like an odd gesture.
Democrats and and even some Republican lawmakers are backing efforts to ban or regulate the device, which makes firing a semiautomatic weapon resemble firing a fully automatic one.