White House counselor Kellyanne Conway pointed fingers at former President Barack Obama after the Las Vegas shooting.
In two interviews on Oct. 5, Conway pointed out how Obama allowed for a regulatory oversight that made bump fire stocks, a device the Vegas shooter used that allows a semi-automatic rifle to fire almost at full-auto, legal, reports the Washington Examiner.
As they do not use internal mechanical parts to increase the rate of fire, ATF concluded that the device "is not regulated as a firearm under the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act."
"I would just note for the viewers that since 'bump stock' has not probably been in the lexicon before, this is a device that President Obama's ATF decided would not be regulated in 2010," Conway said on "Fox and Friends." "I think that's an important part of this conversation."
Conway stated that, in contrast, both Republicans and the White House are open to regulating the device: "The Second Amendment is a bedrock in our Constitution along with the First Amendment. These rights must be protected."
"[Many pro-gun Republican senators] have been telling us and I read publicly that they've never even heard of the device before," she added.
The White House counselor again reiterated similar statements in an interview on CNN.
"I did note ... it was President Obama's ATF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, in 2010 that decided not to regulate this device," she elaborated to CNN's Chris Cuomo on Oct. 5 on "New Day." "That should be part of the conversation and part of the facts that you put before your viewers."
The revelations provoked debate online.
Some defended Obama and the Democrats.
"The ATF under Obama is the same ATF under Trump," wrote one person in the Washington Examiner's comments section. "However, in 2013 Diane Feinstein proposed a bill to restrict devices like bump stock but most republicans rejected it. It was not even voted on."
"[Trump's] idea of a "win" is to blame the problem on someone else, in this case Obama, and then ride in on his orange horse and save the day," read another comment.
Others defended Trump and the Republicans.
"Interesting," said another. "Bush was blamed for 8 years and I didn't hear you people complaining then. Fact: Obama is definitely in the conversation when discussing the worst President in our history. Let's not try to act like trump is doing something so outlandish in placing blame where it belongs. And yes, when Bush was blamed for 9/11, I put the same blame on Clinton, where it belongs."