REPORTER: Governor, there’s a bump stock bill that failed yesterday. There’s also a Republican measure that would ban just bump stocks, not modifications. You’re a hunter. Would you support that kind of a measure?
RAUNER: Well, uh, again there are number of regulations and regulatory bills being discussed in the General Assembly. I think, I’m, I encourage the conversation. I look forward to, our team is participating in the conversation. I don’t want to, um, comment prematurely or speculate about legislation, but there’s good conversations going on.
REPORTER: So do you support bump stocks, or do you not support bump stocks?
RAUNER: What I support is a good bipartisan conversation about these issues.
* JB Pritzker’s people sent that around along with this…
Rauner Dodges on Bump Stocks… Again
Chicago, IL – Bruce Rauner once again dodged questions and refused to take a position on bump stocks, the gun accessory used to take 58 lives earlier this month in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Just days after the Las Vegas massacre, Rauner was asked about a bump stock ban, and was silent then just as he is now. […]
“In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, Bruce Rauner doesn’t care enough to provide solutions to prevent gun violence and keep Illinoisans safe,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Rauner’s repeated silence is another symptom of his failed leadership and his inability to take any action on pressing issues facing our state.”
*** UPDATE *** Republican lawmaker uses liberal Democrat’s video to demand GOP governor veto gun-related bill. What a world…
And even though there has been no action in D.C. while everyone just waited for the emotions of the Las Vegas massacre to fade, quite a number of Republicans did say that bump-stocks should be banned. Those who believe they should not are pretty fringe.
But, Rauner doesn’t want to give anyone on the right room to challenge him and another issue to ding him on. In the 2nd week of veto, Dems should lob this one on his desk, sans assault weapons and trigger mods, just to put him on the spot.
Good conversations are for North Shore cocktail parties. A straight answer on a stance on bump stocks is not that hard given the past weeks. The NRA isn’t going to sing him on that, nor will most of whoever is still Rauner’s base. Grown a backbone.
- Dance Band on the Titanic - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:59 pm:
“I think, I’m, I encourage the conversation. I look forward to, our team is participating in the conversation. I don’t want to, um, comment prematurely or speculate…”
Good lord. My kid comes up with a more coherent response when caught with her hand in the cookie jar.
I would rather have the word-for-word response which Rauner gave to this relevant question. It’s his own doing to show hesitation and use words such as “I think, I’m” and “um.” The press merely reported it. Don’t you think that a Governor should be a polished speaker?
The correct answer would have been, “I support banning the sale and manufacture of items whose sole purpose is to turn a semi-automatic firearm into an automatic one, or even a produce a simulated-automatic rate of fire”. That would have been consistent with the NRA’s position, and that of 99% of the public’s. The problem is, that would also necessitate the banning of belt loops on trousers, according to those with more familiarity with firearms than myself.
THis guy went to Dartmouth? I went to Jr College and then a Chicagoland university and I can answer the question better than that. Strikingly similar non-responses from Rauner and Trump on every issue. Sheesh
CW - if Rauner was capable of giving a short, strait answer to a simple question, you wouldn’t find the need to go to such strained lengths to make excuses/accusations for the guy who can’t fill the shoes of governorship. You’re working too hard bailing out an empty vessel.
“Rauner’s repeated silence is another symptom of his failed leadership and his inability to take any action on pressing issues facing our state.”
Sounds a lot like Speaker Madigan’s refusal to call the bipartisan pension bill that passed the Senate that would address the #1 problem in Illinois, what the Speaker admits is our unsustainable pension system
Stuntman Bob- “That would have been consistent with the NRA’s position…” NRA sold out on bump stocks about three days or so after the Las Vegas event, which is consistent with their track record (selling out their members, that is).
Despite the widely held myth within trailer parks across America, NRA, Inc. is not a gun rights org, it is a self-perpetuating fundraising org that is focused on gun rights. They don’t ever want to win, just lose a little bit. That’s why Chris Cox at NRA-ILA HQ pays Todd Vandermyde by 1099 as a contract lobbyist: plausible deniability so they can say they had no idea what he’s doing in Illinois.
“The correct answer would have been, “I support banning the sale and manufacture of items whose SOLE purpose is to turn a semi-automatic firearm into an automatic one………, that would also necessitate the banning of belt loops on trousers, according to those with more familiarity with firearms than myself.”
You do know the meaning of the word “sole”,don’t you?