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*** UPDATED x1 *** Rauner won’t answer bump stock ban questions

Friday, Oct 27, 2017

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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.

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* 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…



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38 Comments
  1. - RNUG - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    Can this guy ever give a straight answer?


  2. - Flynn's mom - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    That facial expression just kills me. He looks lost and so clueless. Mr. deer in the headlights.


  3. - wordslinger - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    Rauner “encourages a conversation” that he’s scared to participate in.

    He can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, left to his own devices. It’s brutally clear that the Superstars ran the show and propped him up as the front man.


  4. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:38 pm:

    Gee, it isn’t too risky to support a ban on bump stocks, is it?


  5. - Moe Berg - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:41 pm:

    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.


  6. - AC - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:41 pm:

    Who would want to take part in a conversation with an individual who answers questions like that? It’s no wonder the budget mess took as long as it did to get resolved.


  7. - Chris Widger - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:46 pm:

    If you don’t ask questions in good faith, you don’t get good answers. I support Governor Rauner trying to avoid a sack from the opposing defense here.


  8. - Christopher - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    The question was simple enough, are you for or against… But Rauner couldn’t respond directly to it. And he’s supposed to be the leader of our state?


  9. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    ===If you don’t ask questions in good faith, you don’t get good answers. I support Governor Rauner trying to avoid a sack from the opposing defense here.===

    LOL… yeah, this is such a gotcha question…

    REPORTER: So do you support bump stocks, or do you not support bump stocks?

    Every governor and elected official is getting this question. It’s relevant and straight forward. The voters need to know where the governor and elected officials stand.

    That’s how serving the people works.

    “Because… questions”

    That’s pathetic - Chris Widger -


  10. - Anon221 - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:52 pm:

    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.


  11. - 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.


  12. - Anonymous - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 1:59 pm:

    “In total transparency, how can I give you my answer to that question when I think it might not be what Diana thinks I should have said”.


  13. - Annonin' - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:03 pm:

    Heaton scores 2 dopey moves before noon…take the afternoon off


  14. - Czechmate - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    I’m surprised he didn’t just say “it’s broken” several times like he does with everything else.


  15. - Chris Widger - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:10 pm:

    Nope. “Good faith” means not publishing transcripts with “I think, I’m” and “um.” The battle lines are drawn and people are going to do what they have to do to survive. It’s just incentives.


  16. - Skeptic - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:11 pm:

    “Gee, it isn’t too risky to support a ban on bump stocks, is it?” Apparently it was too risky to support the DTA.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:14 pm:

    ===Nope. “Good faith” means not publishing transcripts with “I think, I’m” and “um.” The battle lines are drawn and people are going to do what they have to do to survive. It’s just incentives===

    For the love of Pete it’s a direct quote.

    Reporters aren’t the Governor’s flacks.

    Get better at talking on your feel, Rauner.

    Lemme guess, you’re also the person that says…

    “You’re not quoting him directly”

    Ugh.


  18. - fake bruce - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:14 pm:

    What I meant to say was, Madigan!


  19. - Henry Francis - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:15 pm:

    When asked about bump stocks, the Guv explained that he has no comment because all of his stocks are in a blind trust.


  20. - Nick Name - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:17 pm:

    Mike Madigan, and the bump stocks he controls…


  21. - Christopher - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:18 pm:

    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?


  22. - We'll See - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:22 pm:

    “Nope. “Good faith” means not publishing transcripts with “I think, I’m” and “um.”

    I’m scanning the newspapers’ weekly circulars to see who has tinfoil on sale… I’ll let you know.


  23. - Red Rider - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:24 pm:

    I know you are so what am I. Word salad. This is a poor excuse for a leader.


  24. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    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.


  25. - wordslinger - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    CW, you’re taking Raunerbot victim complex to a new level.
    Quoting Rauner verbatim is now a grievance.

    Maybe politics and governing is a little beyond you super-sensitive types.


  26. - Rich Miller - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:33 pm:

    ===If you don’t ask questions in good faith…

    “Good faith” means not publishing transcripts with===

    Pick a lane.


  27. - Chris P. Bacon - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:35 pm:

    OMG if u can’t give simple answer on simple bump stocks, if u can’t even agree with NRA in getting rid of — get off field u embarrassing man.


  28. - VanillaMan - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    He needs to figure out a way to rebuild the bridge he burned between Downstate and his campaign. So he hasn’t yet figured out if supporting bump stocks will cause him more problems with them.


  29. - Huh? - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 2:57 pm:

    So 1.4% bumped the bump stock question?


  30. - Honeybadger - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 3:13 pm:

    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


  31. - Anonymous - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 3:20 pm:

    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.


  32. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 3:31 pm:

    “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


  33. - Morty - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 3:31 pm:

    BVR: Listen you mooks, unless I get my anti-union stuff I’m just not going to govern- what don’t you people understand?


  34. - Morty - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 3:32 pm:

    Lucky Pierre- how does the string on your Madigan Big Board connect gun control to pensions?


  35. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 3:34 pm:

    - Lucky Pierre -

    Are you equating bump stocks and pensions?

    That’s your response.

    “Bump stocks… Pensions… Same… ”

    Yikes.

    Started “early” I guess…


  36. - Anonymous - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    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.


  37. - a drop in - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 3:55 pm:

    “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?


  38. - Name Withheld - Friday, Oct 27, 17 @ 4:14 pm:

    Sounds like he’s practicing for another FOX interview.


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