‘Hey, I’ve watched a James Bond movie*. I know what silenced guns sound like.’

Okay, as far as I know she didn’t actually say that. But you just know that’s what she’s thinking.

From the deepest depth of the U.S. Senate, I bring you…the sort of woman who is the reason men are occasionally still tempted to say things like, “Listen, Toots…”

Kirsten Gillibrand: How will the police solve gun crimes if people are allowed to use silencers?


*The biggest beef I have with gun-fact inaccuracy in movies is the way somebody can blaze away indoors with an automatic shotgun or something equally appalling and nobody around him even winces at the eardrum-destroying noise.

I’m sorry, what? You’ll have to speak up. Yes, I do have permanent tinnitus and severe hearing loss. Why do you ask? Oh! Yeah, it’s because when I was young I was immortal and stupid.

Also, I have used suppressors on centerfire pistols and one submachine gun. They’re not even particularly quiet, and I wouldn’t care to fire one indoors without (what’s left of my) hearing protection.

A single-shot break-open .22 with a good suppressor and subsonic ammo, however, can be as quiet as a pellet gun. Which isn’t silent, either.

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7 Responses to ‘Hey, I’ve watched a James Bond movie*. I know what silenced guns sound like.’

  1. MJR says:

    This wingnut should be brought to an indoor range and taken to the firing line. There she could listen, without ear protection, for a few hours (just to make sure she understands the issue of course) as folks shoot targets. Maybe when she has permanent tinnitus like I and many other shooters have she will smarten up.

  2. Robert says:

    Kirsten, Toots, listen, cops solve car crimes despite ALL of them having mufflers… And we must make knife silencers illegal!

    Just spent four hours last night and another four tonight at an indoor range learning AR-stuff. Despite removing my hearing aids and wearing good ear protection, I still winced at some of the guns firing. The suppressed ones made me lust for them. The consensus among students was that everything anti-gun politicians learned came from fiction.

  3. Goober says:

    I have been unfortunate enough to be witness to the accidental discharge of a 20 gauge shotgun in the confines of my friends bedroom. It was deafening.

    I also take serious exception to Hollywood’s ignorance about how freaking loud guns are, especially in confined spaces. Also, depending on positioning. You can stand to the side and slightly behind a guy shooting a 30-06 deer rifle and it’s loud, sure, but stand even with the muzzle, or god forbid, slightly in front of it, and the noise is so loud and percussive that you actually feel like you got hit with something.

  4. Robert says:

    There’s a reason the guy with the .50 cal is always at an end booth at the range. With empty booths to one side. OMG…

  5. Mark Matis says:

    Is that because he can’t shoot worth a damn, Robert, and nobody wants to be anywhere near the muzzle of his gun might wander?
    }:-]

  6. Joel says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s because a .50 being fired is always an emotional experience, even if you’re not involved on either end of the gun. :)

  7. Robert says:

    MM:
    What Joel said. Plus, it’s LOUD. The guy I was watching (not like I could concentrate on my shots with that big thing going off) was claiming to be just a middlin’ shot as his buddies would have three overlapping holes and his merely touched edges. At 1,000 yards and more. Or was it feet? I forget.

To the stake with the heretic!