Not my brief paragraph.
In the Volokh blog, I just ran into this despicable crapola from a “libertarian” lawyer named [David Kopel] writing about The Hearing Protection Act and ‘silencers’.
You did realize the NRA is now pushing an act (called, ahem, “The Hearing Protection Act”, although since so many of you have been going deaf because you’ve been forced to fire your heavy weapons without silencers, maybe I SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN THAT LOUDLY) through its wholly owned Congressional subsidiary, i.e., the majority, an act which would liberate the purchase of silencers from any interference, i.e., gun control laws.
Perhaps you, like I, wonder why people want to buy silencers. Of course that question gets us far past the bigger question: why do individuals want to own armories? Which brings us to the major question: why are so many millions of people in this country fantasizing paranoids who imagine themselves as super heroes, taking down villains?
Here’s David Kopel’s analysis of why people need silencers. (Maybe you should throw up now and read this on an empty stomach?)
Why do people own suppressors? There are three main reasons: reduction of noise pollution, hearing protection, and safety training. As for the first, hunting sometimes take place in state or national forests or other locations near where people live. During hunting season, nearby residents may be annoyed by the frequent sound of gunfire. Likewise, some people have built houses near established target ranges; when people at the range use suppressors, the ambient noise is reduced, although certainly not eliminated.