In this video clip, Congresswoman McCarthy went on TV to argue in favor of gun control, but didn’t even know what the so called “assault weapon” feature she wanted to ban looks like or does. When asked what a barrel shroud did, she first dodged the question, then incorrectly stated that criminals frequently use weapons with such a feature, then made a wrong guess as to what a barrel shroud does and where it goes on a gun. It is simply ridiculous, ignorant, and embarrassing to have strong opinions about guns (or any other issue) unless one is familiar with the issue. It is even worse to be a member of congress who introduces legislation to ban an object, without even knowing what the object is or does.
For the record, a barrel shroud is a safety feature that encloses the barrel of a gun with a perforated metal or plastic guard, which prevents the user from being burned by the hot barrel. It can also help prevent a gun case from being melted by a hot barrel (although it is best not to place a hot gun in a case right away).