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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. has no idea how firearm suppressors work. But that’s not stopping her from trying to ban them.

Republicans Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. and John Carter, R-Texas have introduced the Hearing Protection Act in Congress. The bill would deregulate gun silencers for the purpose of letting individuals who want to purchase them to protect their hearing while they use their firearms do so without onerous government regulations.

In a press release statement, Gillibrand announced her opposition to the GOP bill.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), representatives from law enforcement, and gun violence prevention advocates today vowed to block an effort currently underway in Congress to make it easier for criminals to obtain gun silencers. Gillibrand said she would fight against legislation introduced earlier this year in the Senate (S.59) and House of Representatives (H.R. 367) to eliminate gun silencers from the requirements of the National Firearms Act, making it easier for criminals to obtain these deadly weapons, making it harder and more dangerous for law enforcement to catch criminals.

“These deadly gun silencers pose a huge risk to our enforcement and our communities and I will do everything I can to stop this ill-thought-out legislation that would allow more criminals to get their hands on these dangerous weapons,” she said, according the New York Daily News.

An idiotic statement, for several reasons. Firstly, there’s nothing stopping criminals from getting their hands on gun silencers. As the folks over at BearingArms.com point out, you can make one yourself with about $30 in raw materials. Secondly, suppressors aren’t “dangerous weapons.” They’re a weapon accessory — one that, thirdly, does not “silence” the gun like you’d think it would if everything you know about firearms was learned from Hollywood.

Nevertheless, she persisted with her ignorance in a series of tweets Tuesday morning.

She paints a scary picture of the supposed dangers of gun silencers.

Senator Gillibrand asks you to “imagine” precisely because you need to use your imagination to believe that firearm suppressors make guns “quiet.” They don’t. At all. They reduce the noise, which can help sports shooters lessen the potential damage to their hearing from enjoying their firearms. But Gillibrand seems to be getting her ideas on firearm suppressors from Hollywood. As several others have pointed out:

The Daily Signal released an awesome video in February debunking the common gun silencer myths liberals like Gillibrand use to restrict access to them.

Maybe lawmakers should learn about the things they want to regulate before passing stupid or unnecessary laws.

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.