In lead up to a vote that would loosen regulations in order to make the sale of gun silencers easier, MSNBC host Chuck Todd put President Trump's son Donald Jr. on the spot for his advocacy of citizens being able to purchase the firearm accessory by airing a 2016 infomercial Jr. did for the company, SilencerCo.
"It’s about safety. It’s about hearing protection. It’s a health issue, frankly, for me," Trump Jr. says in the AD, before adding that, "It’s just a great instrument. There is nothing bad about it at all. It makes total sense, it’s where we should be going." At one point during the commercial, he goes so far as to promote that the silencers would do well in getting "little kids into the game."
The Sportsman's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act) is the bill that has become the focal point of the gun control debate, and in the aftermath of the heinous attack that took nearly 60 lives and injured hundreds in Las Vegas, many see it receiving immense blowback if it is brought to the floor. But House Republicans say they are adamant about pushing forward with the legislation, which would eliminate what is a $200 transfer tax on silencers. The law would also decriminalize the transport of registered guns across state lines and allow for the possession of guns in national parks. Those responsible for packaging the bill say the stipulation was put in place to help protect the hearing of hunters.