by Mark Chesnut, Editor
Thursday, March 30, 2017
While anti-gun politicians and gun-ban groups continue to push lies about the Hearing Protection Act, one doctors’ group is speaking out strongly for the legislation designed to protect shooters’ hearing by deregulating the sale of firearm suppressors.
Just last Monday, Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gave Gabby Giffords’ gun control group three Pinocchio’s for spouting the oft-repeated lie that “active shooters” can use silencers (also called suppressors) to avoid “being detected by trained law enforcement professionals.” Kessler wrote: “There is little that’s quiet about a firearm with a silencer unless one also thinks a jackhammer is quiet.”
Now pro-gun group Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership has released a seven-page position paper on why the legislation is necessary to help protect the hearing of shooters and hunters.
DRGO pointed out that while the use of earplugs and other hearing protection devices is helpful, those devices can’t completely keep users from experiencing hearing loss.
“Hearing protection in the form of ear plugs or ear muffs, alone or in combination, can only reduce noise exposure by approximately 20-30 decibels,” the paper states. “This limitation in noise reduction may still expose a firearms user to damaging levels of noise; 120 decibels is still louder than a car horn from three feet away. Thus, inside the canal and over the ear devices (i.e., ear plugs and ear muffs)—the only current generally available protection—are inadequate for impulse noise protection, and when used together they deafen the wearer to all external sound.”
In fact, hearing loss from gunshots isn’t just experienced by hunters and shooters, but also by bystanders. Just ask anyone who has ever been near someone shooting and hadn’t yet put their hearing protection in place.