From America’s 1st Freedom: https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2017/4/25/doctors-praise-the-suppressors-dissed-by-gun-controllers/
by AWR Hawkins
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
On Jan. 9, Congressmen Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and John Carter, R-Texas, introduced the Hearing Protection Act, a measure aimed at removing firearm suppressors from the auspices of the National Firearms Act so law-abiding Americans can more easily acquire them for their sound dampening qualities.
Duncan, Carter, various medical doctors, the NRA and other pro-Second Amendment groups have touted the hearing protection benefits Americans derive from using suppressors, while media outlets like CNN and gun controllers like Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) have dissed claims that suppressor deregulation would be beneficial.
A little background: In a Sept. 26, 2016, interview with SilencerCo, Donald Trump Jr. pointed out that Europeans have long understood the benefits of suppressors and actually led America in understanding the “safety” derived from using the devices.
I’ve had the privilege of being able to hunt in Europe, where some of the strictest gun laws in the world exist. And guess what, virtually every hunting gun there is suppressed. It’s about safety. If you have that kind of noise levels in any of industry, like you do shooting sports, OSHA would be going crazy. It’s about safety.
When Trump Jr. said these things, the election was still six weeks away and no one was sure if we were going to get a president who wanted to abolish the Second Amendment (i.e., Hillary Clinton) or a president who would be a staunch supporter of gun rights (i.e., Donald Trump). Because of this, Trump Jr.’s interview did not cause the stir it would have caused if given after the election.
But once Trump won the election, gun control activists came out in full force against the possibility of suppressor deregulation.
Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action begin speaking out about the danger of “silencers,” and on Jan. 14, CNN echoed the claim that suppressors are actually gun “silencers.” They also suggested the Hearing Protection Act is an attempt to remove a “$200,000 tax” from firearm suppressors. (In reality, the Act seeks to remove the $200 federal tax on suppressors.)
On March 13, Americans for Responsible Solutions took the rhetoric to another level by claiming “ear plugs” offer better protection than suppressors, and that the Hearing Protection Act “does nothing to protect hearing.” At the same time, the group contradicted itself by reiterating the other gun control claim that suppressors benefited criminals by making guns too quiet.
Enter Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya, who is with the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He indirectly made the case for suppressors by highlighting the hearing loss sport shooters face “from the repeated gunfire.”
According to Reuters Health, Bhattacharyya warned of the “extremely loud single burst of sound” that comes from a rifle. And he warned of “damaging” effects for those who “are firing hundreds of rounds.”