The Danger Of Firearm Silencers
In case you missed it the gun lobby is throwing their weight behind a bill that would ease regulations on gun silencers. I know you are shocked at the attempt to make them easier to obtain so that all those barnacles on society be they felons, domestic abusers, and people suffering a mental health crisis can get one for their personal killing missions.
Make no mistake what the gun lobby’s motivations are as they remain the same as always. Make the most money possible and care not at all about the carnage that results. After all increased gun violence is what these manufactures desire–more fear to play off of makes for still more gun sales. It is that profoundly sick.
This is not rocket science.
Silencers reduce the sound of gunfire. Police are often speaking of their concern as silencers make it hard to identify the sound of gunshots and locate an active shooter.
Today the National Firearms Act currently requires silencers to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. For those who think this is some new way to curtail the ‘rights’ of gun owners it is not. The law has been on the books since 1934.
Today there are 900,000 silencers registered. But if silencers were removed from the oversight of the NFA the owners of those silencers would be able to sell them in private sales. That would be a dreadful decision. Think about it. Those silencers could he sold to the lowest common denominator without a background check, at gun shows, on the internet, or in a parking lot. That means that , domestic abuser in your neighborhood could easily obtain them.
A law enforcement friend told me that gunshot detection systems rely on sound. This helps law enforcement officials more safely respond to gun crimes–a growing threat in our country due to the NRA. But silencers diminish the effectiveness of these detection systems which is being used in nearly 100 cities nationwide. In other words this does come down to our interest in helping police or hindering them.
Making silencers easier to obtain would increase the threat posed to law enforcement when responding to an active shooter event. It is that basic when it comes to this matter. Last year attacks on law enforcement officials resulted in the highest number of ambush deaths in more than 20 years.
Effective regulation has made silencers extremely difficult for criminals to obtain, but when they have, the results have been devastating. Christopher Dorner murdered four people and wounded several others using a gun with a silencer in February 2013. He targeted law enforcement officers in what the Police Foundation described as a bizarre act of vengeance — a “gang-style hit” on innocent people sitting in a car. Police were initially puzzled as to why no neighbors heard the 14 shots: it was because Dorner used a silencer.
That is the reality of the world in which we live.
There is no mushy middle ground when it comes to this matter. It comes down to common sense. The reason this is even an issue is the gun lobby’s soulless push to increase the profits of the gun industry at the expense of public safety.
And so it goes.