Like most gun-hating liberals, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has no idea what she’s talking about. Last week, Gillibrand tweeted that suppressors — which anti-gun liberals like to call “silencers” — are dangerous because they “make it hard for police to solve gun crimes”:
How can we end violence in our communities if criminals can get easy access to equipment that’d make it hard for police to solve gun crimes?
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 14, 2017
There’s so much incorrect with Gillibrand’s fearmongering that it’s hard to begin picking it apart, but let’s start with the fact that suppressors don’t silence gun shots. Per The Federalist’s Sean Davis (via Hot Air):
A decent suppressor for an AR-15 (.223/5.56mm) can reduce the sound of that rifle being fired by 30-35 dB. Thus, a quality suppressor can turn what would’ve been a 165 dB, eardrum-bursting gunshot into a mere 135 dB gunshot — roughly the same volume as a jackhammer you might see a construction worker using. Remember that pain and permanent hearing damage begins at 140 dB.
If that’s not proof enough, here’s a nice little video explaining how suppressors work:
Furthermore, as clearly seen in the video, suppressors make guns much heavier and harder to conceal. Which is probably why just .003 percent of the 1.3 million silencers registered in the U.S. are used in crimes each year.
In other words, criminals aren’t running around committing crimes with suppressors. And even if they were, they wouldn’t make it any harder for police to solve gun crimes. Suppressors dampen sound, not ballistics and forensics.
For her sake, I hope Gillibrand isn’t so dumb that she actually believes what she tweeted. For America’s sake, I’m glad the NRA exists to protect the Second Amendment from morons like Gillibrand.