The Vegas mass shooting seems likely to further delay
consideration of that bill, but meanwhile all the discussion about
silencers has drawn fresh attention to Donald Trump Jr.'s
relationship with SilencerCo, a
West Valley City, Utah-based maker of silencers. MSNBC anchor Chuck
Todd has been playing excerpts from a promotional video titled
"SilencerCo One on One: Donald Trump Jr." that the company uploaded
to YouTube last Sept. 26, when Trump Jr.'s father was still just a
presidential candidate. (The video went little noticed at the time,
and as of this writing still has fewer than 80,000 views.) Gideon
Resnick and Andrew Desiderio of The Daily Beast also cite the video
in a post headlined "How Donald
Trump Jr. Helped Push the Now Highly Controversial Gun Silencer
The most eyebrow-raising portion of the video is when Trump Jr.
mentions "little kids":
It's about safety. It's about hearing protection. It's a health
issue, frankly, uh, for me. Uh, you know? Getting little, you know,
little kids into the game? You know, it greatly reduces recoil. I
mean, it's a, it's a great—it's just a great instrument.
There's nothing, you know, there's nothing bad about it at all. It
makes—it makes total sense, it's where we should be
As The Daily Beast's Resnick
and Desiderio report, SilencerCo CEO Josh Waldon and his wife
Audrey "contributed a combined $50,000 to the Trump Victory fund,
and each gave $2,700 to Trump's campaign directly."
Watch the full video at the top of this post.