Some 1 October survivors say bump stocks shouldn't be available to public

LAS VEGAS - Members of Congress held a hearing Wednesday on proposed legislation that would ban bump stocks devices. Bump stocks allow a semi-automatic rifle to simulate automatic gunfire, but they had become especially controversial in the wake of the Vegas shooting on October 1, when the gunman used them on some of his weapons to fire into a crowd of concert-goers on the Las Vegas Strip.

Two survivors of the 1 October shooting say it's plain and simple, and despite some opposition, they say there is no reason bump stocks should be available to the general public.

"What do I remember the most? Probably, disbelief that this was really happening to us," said Andi Mallen, 1 October survivor.

"It was just a very rough night for everybody," said Heather Hamel. "Very surreal."

Both women have vivid memories of that night.

"Next thing you know, my husband yelled gunshots get down," said Mallen.

"Everybody was panicking in this completely unnecessary situation," Hamel said.

The women don't know each other, but they share the same trauma.  This was Mallen, who lives in Palm Springs', first time back in Las Vegas since the shooting. She visited the healing garden.
    
"My heart started to pound a little bit," Mallen said. "I took a deep breath, and I just kind of said 'wow' and I think part of it Karen, is we were here." 

The women are complete strangers, but they have more in common than they know.

"Don't need them, nobody should have them, the military should have them," Mallen said regarding bum stocks. 

"Bump stocks are completely unnecessary unless you're in the military," said Hamel. 

According to Hamel, a Las Vegas resident, banning bump stocks is not about second amendments rights.

"I'm not saying they can't have guns," Hamel said. "You want to have them for your own protection but to have a bump stock? that's completely unnecessary."

With some skepticism, Hamel says she's hopeful legislation in Congress will result in a victorious vote.

"Hopefully we can, you know, wheel our influence somewhere and make some sort of a change but like I said, everything comes down to politics," Hamel said.

Politics aside, according to Mallen, justice is not letting evil win.

"Las Vegas and all of us will get back on our feet and get on with life," Mallen said. "We're not going to let this guy stop us from living. No way!

According to the website of the company that sells bump stocks, the gun accessory can still be purchased, but the company has a limited supply.
     


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