A SilencerCo Octane 45 silencer mounted on a H&K45c semi-automatic pistol. (Courtesy of SilencerCo)

Regarding Robert J. Spitzer’s Jan. 25 op-ed, “Silencing lifesaving noise”:

Never mind that firearm silencers are in extensive use in advanced European countries whose firearm policies The Post apparently selectively endorses.

The National Firearms Act of 1934 banned short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, cane guns, submachine guns and silencers by placing a then-prohibitive tax of $200 on the purchase of said items. Anti-gun advocates should acknowledge that the law simply means that folks who have $200 are treated differently from those who don’t.

It actually may be borderline specious to suggest noise damage and health issues as reasons for allowing silencers. It ranks right up there with identifying Mr. Spitzer as a college professor and conveniently leaving out four of the five books he authored advocating stronger controls on the Second Amendment.

Michael Valentine, Fairfax Station