Liberal talking point about the NRA shattered by basic math

Once again, following a mass public shooting, pundits on the Left have somehow scapegoated the NRA for something they bear zero responsibility for.

Hillary Clinton took an interesting angle in attacking the NRA. Rather than the usual talking points about background checks or banning certain types of “assault weapons,” she decided to attack the gun silencers the shooter didn’t use.

Not only is she attacking the NRA for supporting the use of gun silencers — something the shooter didn’t use — she apparently doesn’t realize that they don’t literally silence a firearm like in the movies. The typical gunshot is 140-190 decibels, and silencers, contrary to making the sound of a gun silent, can shave off about 30 decibels of that. It makes more sense to refer to them as “suppressors” rather than “silencers,” because without ear protection, a gunshot will still be loud enough to cause permanent ear damage.

The NRA is certainly a powerful organization, which is why the Left feels threatened by it. But that’s not because they’re concerned about special interests influencing politics, it’s because they’re concerned about the special interests they don’t like being represented. See MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin as exhibit A, who is highlighting three-and-a-half million dollars in NRA donations to Congressional races to demonstrate their power:

Three-and-a-half million dollars certainly is a lot — just not in the context of politics, especially over a nearly two-decade long period.

And speaking of big money, just look at how much Planned Parenthood spent influencing politics in a single year:

We don’t suspect much of that money made it into the pockets of Republicans.

And speaking of money influencing politics, take a look at the largest organizational donors in the last presidential election cycle, and you may notice that the money is directed almost exclusively to one Party:

We don’t expect any of them to get a designated “boogeyman” status from the Left anytime soon.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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