October 27, 2015

All Your Physics Are Belong to Us

I read this post on the Face Crack Space Book the other day, from a fairly left-ish friend of mine (Yes, I do have liberal friends) about women's health and abortions and such, and the message was "New Rule: If you don't have a vagina, you don't get to make laws about vaginas".

I was reminded of this today when I read this article:

Gun Lobby Pushes to Loosen Restrictions on Silencers

And it kinda dawned on me... "New Rule: If you don't know anything about guns, you don't get to make laws about guns."

Because this guy simply doesn't know a damn thing about guns, or more specifically, the bullets they shoot:

Gun silencers could also be misused by well-intentioned hunters, putting families who live near hunting lands and gun ranges in even more danger, critics say.
“It’s only a matter of time until a silenced round injures or kills an innocent person who had no opportunity to hear the report of gunfire and find cover,” warned Ladd Everitt, spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Got that?

Did you miss it?  Read it again.


A bullet from the most common rifle platform in America, the AR-15 in 5.56 NATO, will be traveling at around 3,100 feet per second (roughly... velocity, naturally, depends on a number of factors, not the least of which are barrel length, cartridge load, barometric pressure, and humidity.)

According to the Wiki, the speed of sound in 20C dry air is 1,126 feet per second. 

So, according to Mr. Everitt (no physics scholar, that one), an innocent bystander that hears a gunshot would have time to react (presumably by soiling himself and going prone) despite the fact that the bullet is travelling nearly THREE TIMES FASTER than the sound itself.  

If you don't understand guns, then stop trying to tell us how dangerous they are.  

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Now JB, you KNOW those pesky little facts don't matter... sigh