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Hillary displays her ignorance, and politicizes Las Vegas deaths

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Mark Twain said “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.” Hillary Clinton proved the truth of this in one tweet about the terrible mass shooting in Las Vegas on Monday.

“Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer,” she tweeted. All that shows is Hillary has no idea what a “silencer” is or does. It’s not as the James Bond movies or Hollywood portrays them. It’s not a tiny little “pfft” sound from a fully-automatic rifle as hundreds are mowed down. Anyone who has ever fired a rifle or understands the tiniest bit about firearms or chemistry or sound knows this.

Sound suppressors are designed to protect the hearing of the person firing the gun, not to eliminate the sound associated with a bullet leaving the barrel. All the suppressors do is slow down the exhaust gasses so they’re not so loud. They are like a muffler on a car–you can still hear the engine. A supersonic bullet leaving the barrel of high-powered rifle is still going to make a distinct “crack” sound.

In Las Vegas, Stephen Paddock, the shooter, very well could have been using a “silencer” to protect his own hearing. The people on the ground, and who made videos of the attack, would still be able to hear every shot with great clarity.

Thanks, Hillary, for revealing both your ignorance of firearms, and your agenda in politicizing a tragedy at the same time.

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