Trump says he will ‘seriously look’ at banning ‘silencers’ after Virginia Beach shooting. Here’s why that makes no sense

Trump says he will ‘seriously look’ at banning ‘silencers’ after Virginia Beach shooting. Here’s why that makes no sense

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Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg | Getty Images A gun suppressor (or “silencer”) was used by the gunman in the recent shooting in Virginia Beach; now gun control orgs are taking aim at so-called “silencers,” and even President Trump is talking about a ban. In a recent interview from the United Kingdom, President Trump said that he would “ seriously look ” at banning gun suppressors. He explained that he doesn’t “like” suppressors, but also doesn’t “love the idea” of banning them. Perhaps the president will err against the gun-control impulse to “do something” by banning something. But Second Amendment advocates can be excused if they’re a little wary following the whole bump stock ban fiasco , where legally purchased hardware was mandated for destruction or confiscation by the executive branch without so much as compensation. The biggest problem for suppressors and people who use them legally — as with a lot of firearms hardware — is that they get a bad reputation due to rampant misinformation. Here are some facts to guide this latest debate. The biggest point to make about suppressors is that they shouldn’t be called “silencers” because they don’t actually silence anything. That quiet “pew pew” sound heard in mafia and spy movies is fiction. Yes, the devices suppress the sound of a gunshot, but gunshots are still very loud even when suppressed. When a gunshot goes off, the rapid expansion of gases from the combustion of the gunpowder in the cartridge causes a loud noise. Suppressors redirect […]

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