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A call on Congress to quickly pass the Hearing Protection Act which would remove suppressors (aka, "silencers") from the National Firearms Act (in other words, would stop treating them like fully-automatic weapons and instead treat them as the safety equipment that they are):

http://www.maysville-online.com/sports/congress-should-quick...

Those who accept that well-intentioned legislating can allay any social and behavioral problem might ask why anyone other than an assassin would have need for a suppressed firearm. Reality is that they make wonderful sense both as hunting tools and for better public relations between hunters and the residents of areas where there is hunting going on and near shooting ranges because they eliminate the noise factor. The hearing loss from recreational shooting is a public health issue that widespread use of suppressors can alleviate. Had we been afforded less expensive suppressors without undue regulation, the incidence of hearing loss among shooters would be dramatically lower.
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Nope.

Silencers are not primarily designed to protect hearing.

Cute argument... but it is akin to arguing that hand grenades are primarily designed to clear brush.

You have no legitimate need of a silencer.

If you wish to protect your hearing, stick in some ear plugs.

Of course, in this political environment, your argument will probably be accepted with a wink.

But we know better.

Your argument... is not an argument to protect hearing at all.

It's simply an excuse to legalize sound suppression on firearms.
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Silencers are not primarily designed to protect hearing.

Yes, they are. That's why it's legal to hunt with them in places like Kentucky. They certainly didn't pass that law so people could practice being squirrel assassins.

If this law passes you can pretty much bank on OSHA requiring the use of suppressors for those who use firearms in the course of their jobs. They clearly alleviate a known public health issue.
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What research did you do to find out that silencers were made legal in KY to protect hearing problems? Sounds like total BS -- but some links (rather than an unsubstantiated claim) would be convincing.
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