The May 30 editorial “The sound of silencers” ignored the real public-health benefits of firearm suppressors and instead repeated false statements made by gun control groups — claims The Post’s own fact-checking reporter has debunked. Severe hearing loss is a very real problem for shooters, who also can suffer tinnitus and deafness later in life. Suppressors, which can help prevent hearing loss, are expensive and difficult to get, but The Post is against a bill to streamline the process. The editorial stated that “silencers” pose a safety threat because there is not as much of a “bang” to alert others to criminal gunfire.
This is simply not the case. A gunshot from a suppressed firearm is not quiet. In fact, The Post’s editorial board need only read its own paper to learn this fact. On March 20, a Fact Checker column declared, “There is little that’s quiet about a firearm with a silencer, unless one also thinks a jackhammer is quiet.”
The Hearing Protection Act is exactly what its title claims: an act that protects hearing.
Chris Cox, Fairfax
The writer is executive director of the National Rifle Association of America Institute for Legislative Action.