Republicans in the House and Senate introduced identical bills in January aimed at dramatically reducing restrictions on gun silencers, which they named, incredibly, the “Hearing Protection Act,” writes Elie Shechet.
“Since a bunch of other terrifying shit was also going on around that time, this brazen gun lobby handout has flown a bit under the radar,” says Shechet.
The Huffington Post explains what the legislation intends to do and the apparent reasoning behind it: Republican lawmakers argue that their push to make silencers more easily available is about protecting the hearing of gun owners while they are hunting or target shooting.
When someone gets shot by a gun with a silencer, it's quiet. Witnesses might not hear. Police will be less likely to track down the shooter.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 14, 2017
But as Kristin Brown, chief strategy officer of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, told the Los Angeles Times in January: “There’s no evidence of a public health issue associated with hearing loss from gunfire.” “There is evidence of a public health crisis from gun violence, and we think that’s where legislative efforts should be directed.”