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In Wake of Vegas Shooting, Speaker Paul Ryan Caves on Bill to Deregulate Suppressors

House Speaker Paul Ryan has long been accused of being a classic RINO (“Republican in Name Only); someone who, while carrying the Republican banner and seeking to electorally benefit from those voters with traditional American values, actually reflects little in the way of conservative ideals when it comes to taking political action.


Well, just two days after the deadly Las Vegas attack, Ryan has decided to put off any more work on a piece of legislation designed to deregulate firearms suppressors, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The legislation at issue, the Hearing Protection Act, was introduced into Congress back in January. The point of the bill is to significantly unwind the process associated with purchasing a firearms suppressor (known in layman’s terms as a “silencer”). Suppressors are not illegal, but the hoops through which citizens have to presently jump to actually purchase one are many. The Act seeks to make it much easier to buy one, and eliminates a federal tax associated with the process.

Now, however, high-profile Democrats have successfully managed to turn a gun tragedy into an opportunity on behalf of their liberal agenda. Here was a tweet from none other than Hillary Clinton soon after the shooting:

The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”

Who knows? That tweet may well have been Ryan’s cue.

Regarding the future of the legislation, Ryan did not sound a hopeful tone for those interested in seeing it passed. The Tribune quotes Ryan as saying that the bill “is not scheduled right now. I don’t know when it will be scheduled.”

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr.