Gun Control Push

Oct 3, 2017

Gun control advocates jumped all over the Las Vegas shooting to push for restrictions on the Second Amendment. Tom Brokaw and Senator Elizabeth Warren called for a national “conversation about how to stop gun violence.” Hillary Clinton and the former New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton used the Las Vegas murders to take issue with a bill before Congress that would allow for the sale of silencers. “So, imagine if this individual had a silencer on the end of some of these weapons, you would not have even known this was happening,” said Bratton. The police commissioner takes at face value the Hollywood portrayal of silencers. It’s inaccurate. Silencers do not silence gunfire. Instead “they simply reduce the level of sound emitted when a gun is fired.” A shot fired from a Remington 700 LTR “produces a sound that reaches approximately 167 decibels.” After attaching a silencer, the rifle produces a sound that reaches 133 decibels. By way of comparison, “a nearby thunderclap reaches 120 decibels, while a jackhammer reaches 110 decibels.”