Why do I keep demanding retractions and corrections from media outlets? I’m giving up, they won’t listen and even if they do correct the error they make the exact same error in the future. Journalists don’t know everything, editors are supposed to know more, but the profession is being dumbed-down day-by-day.
The most recent article from the Associated Press on the southern California former cop turned murderer includes the following, with my emphasis in bold.
[Name redacted] was equipped with an arsenal of weapons, including assault rifles with flash suppressors that masked the sound of gunfire and the location it was coming from as he pelted the first two deputies to arrive at the cabin, killing Det. Jeremiah MacKay.
Tami Abdollah from the AP is getting her gun facts from one of the Die Hard movies again. She’s somehow combined two barrel elements – a flash hider and a supressor – into one piece that masks the rifle so quiet you can’t hear the firearm go off or see the muzzle flashes from a short distance away!
A flash hider or flash suppressor is designed almost exclusively to preserve the night vision of the shooter by redirecting the flash away from the shooters field of vision. At night and during the day, you can still see muzzle flashes from rifles with flash suppressors from a distance. Because some state lawmakers think flash suppressors “hide your position” they have been made illegal in many states. Politicians who voted for banning them are stupid people.
Suppressors – the word silencer has become commonplace – in no imaginable way make the firearm silent. Again, the benefit of a suppressor is for the shooter to help protect their hearing. To keep this simple, rifle rounds are VERY VERY VERY LOUD, but with a suppressor they are VERY VERY LOUD. Because some state lawmakers think suppressors “hide your position” they have been made illegal in many states. Again, politicians who voted for banning them are stupid people.
As a side note, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) notes hearing loss can happen after prolonged exposure to more than 90 dBA (a heavy truck 15 yards away), and allows less than a minute exposure to 120 dBA (jet taking off from 100 yards) a day. Isn’t it interesting states outright ban suppressors that – at their best – can reduce the sound of a shot to about 115 dBA? So much for politicians caring about our hearing and health.
By the way, what’s the definition of an “arsenal?” Why does a news journalist feel the need to use the word pelted?