Dumb Statement of the Day

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Dumb Statement of the Day

Guns.com has an article today regarding the introduction of a bicameral bill to remove firearm suppressors (commonly called “silencers”) from ATF regulation by excluding them from the National Firearms Act.  Although I personally would love to pick up a silencer for a couple of my guns, and therefore support the bill, I can see that reasonable people may not be as crazy about this idea.

But here’s the inane quote that made me laugh out loud:

“The bill would end the federal requirement for background checks on firearm silencer sales, and make it legal for convicted felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill to buy and possess silencers,” said Everytown in a statement. “To the satisfaction of NRA headquarters, the legislation would profit gun manufacturers, who could mass market firearm silencers at the expense of public safety.”

Now, from a purely factual standpoint, this statement is absolutely true.  Felons, domestic abusers and dangerously mentally ill persons would be able to buy and possess “silencers”—and holsters, and mag pouches, and slings, and . . . just about any firearm accessory you can imagine.  They can do that now!  (Well, except for the suppressors.)  What they can’t buy and possess are . . .

. . . wait for it . . .

. . . firearms!  Or ammunition!



Scott Gosnell founded Pros and Cons in 2003. He also has a day job as a practicing attorney in Birmingham, Alabama, which explains his complete irresponsibility with regards to his blogging schedule. In a former life he worked in several churches as a youth minister, where he was forced to do unspeakable things like chew ABC gum (Already Been Chewed), bob for liver (uncooked), and participate in condiment wrestling. Hey, would you look at that – I guess they are speakable. In addition to the practice of law, Scott is a certified law enforcement officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Alabama Historical Ironworks Commission, and a tactical firearms instructor. Scott and his wife, Donna, have three children, Caleb, Hannah Beth, and Austin. He also has a dog named Sierra and a cell phone named Curtis.

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