Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gun Silencers

According to Americans for Responsible Solutions there are 5 things you should know about the dangers of deregulating silencers.
1. Silencers reduce the sound of gunfire and mask muzzle flash. They make it difficult for people who are nearby, including law enforcement, to identify the sound of gunshots and locate an active shooter.
2. The National Firearms Act currently requires silencers to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, a law that has been on the books since 1934.  As of Feb 2016, there are currently over 900,000 silencers registered.  If silencers were removed from the purview of the NFA, the owners of those silencers would be able to sell them in private sales, without a background check, at gun shows, on the internet, or in a parking lot. That means felons, domestic abusers, and people experiencing a mental health crisis could easily obtain them.
3. Gunshot detection systems — like ShotSpotter — rely on sound and provide police with real-time alerts about illegal gunfire.  This helps law enforcement officials more safely respond to and investigate gun crimes, whether they have been called in or not.  Silencers diminish the effectiveness of this lifesaving technology, which is being used in nearly 100 cities nationwide.
4.  Making silencers easier to obtain would increase the threat posed to law enforcement when responding to an active shooter event.  It’s easy to imagine how suppressed gunfire and muzzle flashes could help criminals elude law enforcement and would raise the risk of ambush attacks targeting cops.  Last year, attacks on law enforcement officials resulted in the highest number of ambush deaths in more than 20 years.
5. Effective regulation has made silencers extremely difficult for criminals to obtain, but when they have, the results have been devastating.  For example: Christopher Dorner, a former LAPD officer who had been fired, murdered four people and wounded several others using a gun with a silencer in February 2013.  He targeted law enforcement officers in what the Police Foundation described as a bizarre act of vengeance — a “gang-style hit” on innocent people sitting in a car.  Police were initially puzzled as to why no neighbors heard the 14 shots: it was because Dorner used a silencer.
Obviously, the sole purpose of the gun lobby’s push to deregulate silencers is to increase the profits of the gun industry at the expense of public safety.


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