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Mufflers for guns save your hearing, not criminals


ReasonYesterday Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a bill that would ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of "gun silencers," which he blames for helping the perpetrator of last month's mass shooting in Virginia Beach murder 12 people. "The sound of gunshots is what tells you that your life is [in] danger, and that it's time to run, hide, take cover, call the police and help others save themselves," Menendez says. "At the end of the day if you can hear a weapon you might just save a life."

Contrary to the impression left by TV shows and movies, so-called silencers, a.k.a. suppressors, do not eliminate "the sound of gunshots." On average, they reduce the noise generated by a .45 ACP pistol, the kind used in the Virginia Beach attack, from around 157 decibels to something like 127 decibels, which is still louder than a siren or a thunderclap. It's not surprising, then, that "most law enforcement experts say" the Virginia Beach shooter's suppressor "likely had no bearing on his ability to kill so many people in so little time," as the Associated Press noted.

The only thing a suppressor does is reduce the report of a gun being fired from something that will damage your hearing permanently to something that will damage your hearing temporarily. OSHA regulations force people to wear hearing protection inside computer labs because of the noise of the fans keeping the computers cool; why should the noise of a firearm going off be any different?

This entry was published Mon Jul 08 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-07-08 06:47:20.0. [Tweet]

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