Accuracy begins by being accurate. The term is ‘suppressor’ not ‘silencer.’

While this Fox News story (the text of the story, I mean) does well, the editor in charge of the headlines drops the ball: “Hill Republicans try to ease purchase of gun ‘silencers’ as NRA-backed Trump arrives“.

Congressional Republicans are trying to change federal guns regulations to make buying a silencer, or suppressor, easier. But critics don’t agree with the argument that the proposed legislation is a safety measure to prevent hearing injuries.

As you can see, the author of the article makes the immediate correction and does, thankfully, refer to the correct term throughout the rest of the story. My issue with this is that a very, very large number of people won’t read the story – they read the headline and think Republicans are trying to make it easier for Jason Bourne-wannabes to gear up and go stalking in the night, offing random passerby with whisper-silent “pew pews”. They don’t work that way, not at all. Hollywood has conjured that capability up out of fictional license.

They would also have you believe you can hold an automatic rifle in each hand, extended out away from the body, firing that mythical bottomless magazine all day long with pinpoint accuracy out to about 1000 yards, too. I can tell you from direct experience there ain’t no way that’s happening, either.

The dialog of this nation is more polarized than ever and large contributor to that is ignorance and a lack of understanding of the facts. The media has been largely to blame for that as they run more and more on outrage and less and less on informing their subscribers. Accuracy begins with being accurate and that means even in the little things. Like headlines.

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