The Anti-Safety Media Continues
To Push This Lie About Silencers
By Bob Owens. January 9th, 2017
Gun control supporters are upset that the Hearing Protection Act, one of those "common sense" gun laws they claim to support, has a decent chance of passing into law.
... with Republicans in charge of the House and Senate and the elder Trump moving into the White House, gun rights advocates are excited about its prospects this year.
They hope to position the bill the same way this time -- not as a Second Amendment issue, but as a public-health effort to safeguard the eardrums of the nation's 55 million gun owners. They even named it the Hearing Protection Act. It would end treating silencers as the same category as machine guns and grenades, thus eliminating a $200 tax and a nine-month approval process.
"It's about safety," Trump Jr. explained in a September video interview with the founder of SilencerCo, a Utah silencer manufacturer. "It's a health issue, frankly."
Violence prevention advocates are outraged that the industry is trying to ease silencer restrictions by linking the issue to the eardrums of gun owners. They argue the legislation will make it easier for criminals and potential mass shooters to obtain devices to conceal attacks.
"They want the general public to think it's about hearing aids or something," said Kristen Rand, the legislative director of the Violence Policy Center. "It's both a silly and smart way to do it, I guess. But when the general public finds out what's really happening, there will be outrage."
Rand, of course, is being incredibly dishonest (as was the author of this article, Michael Rosenwald, who started the article by framing them as tools of assassins and mobsters).
The cost of tax stamps for suppressors is iniquitous. As for the old cherry of "assassin's tool", let's remember that criminals obtain firearms illegally for the most part and so if they choose to add a suppressor, they will do so, but probably anyways be put off by the added bulk which would compromise concealment. The majority of law abiding gun owners probably do not consider adding a suppressor, as being something they don't need. However, many shooters who use high volumes of ammunition would willingly enjoy the noise reduction available, even if using hearing protection - and of course, suppressors do not 'silence'!
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