Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler called out Hillary Clinton on Monday for an inaccurate tweet regarding the mass shooting in Las Vegas and gun silencers.
Clinton’s tweet was aimed at the Hearing Protection Act, which would make it easier to purchase suppressors for firearms and has been the subject of fierce debate in Congress as some liberals believe having such devices on guns would make them magically silent as they are in the movies.
Las Vegas, we are grieving with you—the victims, those who lost loved ones, the responders, & all affected by this cold-blooded massacre.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017
But as Kessler pointed out silencers aren’t really silent.
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) October 2, 2017
Kessler had looked into suppressors after Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) sent the following tweet in March.
When someone gets shot by a gun with a silencer, it's quiet. Witnesses might not hear. Police will be less likely to track down the shooter.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 14, 2017
He gave Gillibrand three Pinocchios, saying that “she should not use misleading terms such as “quiet” to describe the sound made by a high-powered weapon with a suppressor attached.”