A former FBI agent gave a doozy of an interview on MSNBC in which he made some truly bizarre claims regarding suppressors.
MSNBC's Brian Williams asked Manny Gomez, a former FBI agent and New York Police Department sergeant, if he could make an argument in favor of easing restrictions on gun silencers, which is advancing in the House of Representatives.
Because MSNBC is a fact-free zone, Gomez said that silencers cause a gun to emit "little to no sound" when fired and thus make it harder for police to track down an active shooter.
This factually incorrect statement would be bad enough, but Gomez dug deeper into lunacy by explaining why he thinks hunters like silencers.
"Sportsmen, hunters, would make an argument that they need that so that their target — whether it's a deer, etc. — don't hear the shot," said Gomez.
Gomez proceeded to tear down his strawman by arguing that people were once able to hunt using muskets and then somehow suggested that easing restrictions on silencers would lead to legalizing grenades.
"Are we going to legalize grenades next because sportsmen need averages to be on their side more?" Gomez said.
The clip can be seen below:
Literally every word of what Gomez said was incorrect. For starters, as Frank Camp noted, "Allegedly 'silenced' rifles are still louder than a jackhammer, an ambulance, or a thunderclap," so it doesn't make "little to no sound" as Gomez claims. It just reduces the noise level of a gun shot to a level that doesn't cause nearly as much damage to the shooter's eardrums.
Therefore, the point of a silencer isn't to make it easier to kill people or to ensure that deer won't hear a hunter firing a gun, the point is to protect the shooter's hearing.
The Left has shamelessly exploited the horrific shooting in Las Vegas to rail against the House Republicans' bill easing restrictions on silencers, even though there is nothing to indicate that the Las Vegas shooter used a silencer. We shouldn't fall for this red herring and should instead point out that the Left is politicizing an act of evil to promote an agenda that emphasizes feelings over facts.
H/T: Daily Caller