GOP candidate for governor: Bump stock 'prevented more casualties’ in Las Vegas

The apparent exception to this rule: Republican candidates for governor in Georgia.

In the latest on a long list of attempts to grab attention, state Sen. Mike Williams of Cumming has developed a unique defense for the “bump stocks” used by the Las Vegas shooter to turn his single-shot arsenal into a cache of nine-rounds-a-second Gatling guns.

The gadgets made the killing field below the shooter's 32-floor hotel room less deadly, Williams argued in a press release late Monday that included this quote from the candidate:

In other words, sloppy mass killers are safer mass killers. As a public safety argument, this is more than unusual. Using the same logic, one could argue that we would all be more secure if guns were only in the hands of the legally blind. Nonetheless, in support of his position, Williams is giving away a bump stock to a “lucky winner” who registers at an internet location that we’d rather not share, thank you very much.

The Forsyth County businessman entered the race for governor by declaring, at a state GOP convention in June, that powers in the State Capitol had promised him chairmanship of the Senate budget committee if he would only withdraw. He has since provided no evidence.

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, the NRA has said it’s willing to consider outlawing bump stocks, but only if this is done administratively, through the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. (There’s no need to subject members of Congress to any pressure from constituents.)

But in his Monday press release, Williams argued that that the ATF got it right the first time:

No, you can’t regulate evil out of existence. But it’s been a settled matter for some time that you don’t put a machine gun into its hands, either. And at some point, the person who would do so becomes an accomplice.

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Handel's competition for the 2018 Sixth District race is still shaping up. Former Atlanta TV anchor Bobby Kaple, who entered the contest as a Democrat last week, didn't have to file a disclosure this quarter. Her other Democratic opponent, college professor Richard Keatley, ended the third quarter with $359 in debt. (Tamar Hallerman)

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“I don’t like the public fighting that I have seen over the last few years and the slamming each other – I don’t know what the current term is - denigrating people and name-calling and slanderous comments,” said Franklin. “I don’t like that from anybody, and I don’t like that from anyone. I think that’s unnecessary.”

Franklin said she won’t be endorsing any mayoral candidate – but that she “seriously” considered her own bid for office before deciding against it.(GB)

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.
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