Say it one more time, for the Liberals out there.
Politicians in the United States love to engage in knee-jerk reactions to current events to grab headlines, attention, and fool a few gullible voters into supporting them during the next election cycle. When that knee-jerk reaction is tied to a hot-button topic, like gun control, mixed with a presidential election in less than a year and a half away, and you have a recipe for turning massively dumb ideas into political reality.
The lasted knee-jerk reaction is coming via the recent Virginia Beach mass shooting. A disgruntled municipal worker with reported workplace violence issues reportedly submitted his two-week notice to quit his job. That same day, he showed up at the workplace and killed 12 co-workers before dying in a gun battle with police.
New reports indicate the shooter used two .45-caliber handguns with high-capacity magazines. One of the pistols reportedly was equipped with a suppressor, which has the anti-gun crowd in a tizzy.
After all, television programs and the movies make the uninformed believe a suppressor reduces the volume to about the level of shooting a spit-wad out of a plastic straw. The reality, though, is quite different.
The first notion to dispel is that of a “silencer.” A suppressor does not “silence” a firearm. Those sounds you hear when people fire “silenced” firearms in movies and TV programs are fake and in no way reflect reality.
The simple fact is, even a suppressed firearm makes enough noise to drown out most any other loud noise. A suppressed firearm also can cause hearing damage and pain.