which to brag. I don't know about you, but what do gun silencers conjure up in your mind? I am thinking Al Capone or The Godfather or The Sopranos.
Folks in the state of Texas are all hot about buying gun silencers. Why? Here are a few of the reasons given, from the article: ""People are afraid the federal government will put tighter restrictions on the suppressors, much like they did the machine guns," Irwin said. "I think the sales on the suppressors are going to go up as long as there's a Democrat in the White House.""; or this: " Some people take their silencers to shooting ranges. Others might take them to "machine gun shoots," where gun lovers gather to fire at targets. Still more might keep a silencer on their handgun or rifle at home to help with "varmint" control -- shooting coyotes, skunks or snakes.
"The only use I can think of for a silencer is if you are hunting hogs and have 15 to 20 hogs at a feeder," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a former state senator who shepherded conceal-carry legislation in 1995. "That's a practical use if you want to shoot one without scaring others off."Or maybe if you're getting rid of squirrels in your back yard," said Patterson, who always carries a gun but does not have a silencer."; or finally, this one: ""Ninety percent of the people who buy them just think they are so cool," Irwin said. "This is Texas.""
So, if I decided to shoot a squirrel in my yard using a silencer on my gun so no one would hear the gun shot, where does the bullet go if I miss the squirrel or even if it happens to go through the squirrel's body and comes out somewhere else? I live close enough to a school that I shudder to think where a bullet might end up. On the other sides of my house live families with small children. But hey, if I really need to get rid of that squirrel that is bothering my bird feeder, maybe I should take some other measures, which I have. My bird feeder is fairly squirrel proof now and this cost me a bit of money.
I actually learned a lot by reading this entry about silencers or suppressors from Wikepedia. Some countries do allow the unregulated sales of such devices- Finland for one. Of course, gun laws are quite different in those countries and they are mostly sold as protection for hearing while hunting. This I can understand. In my training to become a Speech Therapist, I learned a lot about the causes for hearing loss. One was the use of guns fired close to the ear. My husband, in fact, has a high decible hearing loss in his right ear from just that. But in the U.S., since we have gun laws allowing so many people to own handguns, the silencer becomes a bit of a different thing. Maybe my mind is warped by the gangster T.V. shows and movies.
The thing is, many who have commented on my posts object to waiting periods, or the inconvenience of a background check or the cost of guns and permits being too expensive for some people who may not be able to afford a gun for self defense. And here we have an article about a totally unnecessary feature for a gun that costs money for the gun and the permit, causes a long waiting time to be approved and requires very extensive background information. I didn't see any objections to any of that in this article. It makes me wonder if there is hypocrisy among the gun rights folks. I'm just saying.....
In the end, I agree with Marsha McCartney, a volunteer with the Texas Brady Campaign Chapters, and a friend: ""It would only be a concern if they were buying them because they are doing something illegal," she said." Well said, Marsha. I need a better explanation than those given about why anyone NEEDS a silencer. To me, it just doesn't make common sense.