Don’t tell me our president has fallen for the “silencer” narrative

Mr. President, it is called a suppressor, it does not “silence” a firearm, it is, in fact a safety device to protect the hearing of anyone who might use a firearm in self-defense by reducing the decibel level of  gunshots. Bearing Arms explains

 President Trump has announced his willingness to consider banning a safety device because of the Virginia Beach shooting.

President Donald Trump said he’ll “seriously look” at banning gun silencers after last week’s mass shooting in Virginia.

“Well, I’d like to think about it,” Trump said in an interview with Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. “I’m going to seriously look at it.”

While Trump said he didn’t “love” the idea of a ban, he also was unhappy to see the frequency and severity of mass shootings in the U.S.

Trump’s comments represent a potential crack in Republican opposition to stronger gun control measures.

They follow a shooting last week at a municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in which a gunman killed 12 people. Police recovered a high-capacity magazine and a silencer mechanism from the scene.

Now, to be fair to the president, he’s not saying he’ll back it. He’s said no such thing.

However, even being willing to “seriously look” at such a ban is troubling.

Yes, it is quite troubling

One thought on “Don’t tell me our president has fallen for the “silencer” narrative”

  1. I suspect 99% of the folks up in arms about suppressor/silencer bans, on either side, have absolutely no idea how they work. They do not and can not ‘silence” modern day, supersonic, ammo. They are next to useless (as a silencer, not a suppressor) on a revolver, too much noise escapes twix the cylinder and the barrel. They are not effective (again, as a silenter, even if one had sub-sonic ammo) on semi-autos, too much noise escapes when the bolt slams back and the case is ejected. I have fired, many many years ago, sub sonic 22 LR rounds through a non semi-auto, bolt action rifle with a silencer, very impressive, the only sound you hear is a pssft, not much louder than a whisper.

    & why yes, of course banning then is silly, as was the banning of bump stocks.

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