Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Gun "Silencers" (Sound Suppressors) Could Be Legal: For Whom, What Reason, Why

Silencers for Whom, Against Whom, What Logical Reason 
(Oh, To Protect Hearing: Utter Bulls**t)

A bill (H.R. 367) was moving through Congress and mostly with GOP rightwing/RED state nitwit lawmaker support. They say their push to end restrictions and stiff requirements to have a gun silencer is about protecting the hearing of gun owners exposed to high-volume blasts while hunting or target shooting. 

They even have the gall to call the bill The Hearing Protection Act, (how sick and ironic is that – fancy label serious consequences). 

More here from a very good article (Huffington Post) and from here (US News & World Report).

Typical example of that misguided insanity from one sponsor of the bill is Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) who says: “This legislation is about safety ― plain and simple. I’m very active in sport shooting and hunting, and I can’t tell you how better off the shooting sports enthusiasts would be if we had easier access to suppressors to help protect our hearing.”

(My Insert: Why not just buy ear plugs or ear headphone-style suppressor. And, the title, fancy, catchy and meaningless. How how about “don’t hamper police trying to ID a shooter – a silencer would make locating the shooter via weapon noise than ever)..

A similar bill failed to make it out of committee in 2015, but now that Republicans are in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, the measure has a much better chance of passing.

Even Donald “Serial Liar” Trump Jr., has put his support behind the effort, saying in an interview with the CEO of manufacturer “SilencerCo” last fall that the current regulations were “just another rule the government wants to put in place for no reason.” 

(Memo for Trump Jr. just STFU and do us all a huge favor, okay)?

Advocates for gun violence prevention say the bill is a gift to the firearms industry, and to criminals, because it would make it easier to fire a gun undetected just like Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT): “Silencers are used to conceal the fact that you are firing a weapon – not just protecting hearing. There will be more crimes committed, more people killed if the current bill passes.

I totally agree with Sen. Murphy and many law enforcement officials, too – who do not advocate repealing the current restrictions – now in place since 1934. 

In rare cases, police and the military use silencers – but that is save their own lives – while in concealment to protect themselves, and always under strict guidelines, too.

This so-called “hearing protection act” is lousy legislation. It should not see the light of day. 

Track your Rep. to see whose side they are on: yours and logic or total madness for the gun manufacturers and NRA. Then let them know your view.

Listed by state for the bill (H.R. 367) are the co-sponsors

FYI: There are 165 to date: 4 DEMS and 161 GOPers. No surprise about that, is there?

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