Taking suppressors off the NFA list becomes a political issue, anti-gun groups want you to think an explosion can be silenced, and a word from the Eagles of Death Metal.
1.) Suppressors. Also known as silencers (despite only being capable of reducing a gunshot by only 30 or so db), suppressors are long tubes designed to be attached to the barrel of a firearm to lower the db level of the gunshot. Buying them requires its own form, a $200 tax stamp, and a signature from the chief law enforcement officer in your area. The reason for all this is the National Firearms Act which was designed to control the sale and transfer of certain weapons and ended up including suppressors.
Probably the only safety gear the government goes through hell to prevent you from getting.
Anyway, there is now a bill to fix this glaring problem. The Hearing Protection Act.
2.) Silence. But apparently it’s possible to silence explosions altogether. At least that is the argument gun control groups are making. They claim that suppressors actually represent a threat to public safety. The Violence Policy Center has a report out basically saying that the deregulation of suppressors “is merely the latest attempt by the gun lobby and gun industry, in the wake of declining household gun ownership, to market yet another military-bred product with little concern for its effect on public safety.” To back up their point, they use a series of incidents where the items were used in crime….alongside other illegal objects.
Gun ownership apparently is declining despite the consistently record breaking number of background check requests.
3.) Paris. Jesse Hughes , the lead singer for Eagles of Death Metal, the band that went through the attacks in Paris at the Bataclan, spoke on the issue of gun control as the band returned to Paris.
“Did your French gun control stop a single person from dying at the Bataclan? If anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so,” said Hughes.
“I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I’ve ever seen in my life charging head-first into the face of death with their firearms. I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal. I think the only way my mind has been changed is that maybe that until nobody has guns everybody has to have them.”
Hughes had always been in support of firearms for self-defense. Now it seems, having been through a terror attack, his opinion on the subject has only gotten stronger.
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