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Signs Of The Time, Part 85

Monday at lunch I finally got the chance to read my Sunday paper. From the Chicago Tribune “Perspective” section, in the part entitled, “Voice Of The People”:

Do not allow silencers

I cannot believe that there is serious consideration to permitting gun silencers to be used by gun owners in Illinois. Anyone with an ounce of common sense will recognize that guns with silencers are the weapon of choice for assassins, terrorists and murderers. What would happen if a nut entered a school and starting shooting randomly with such a weapon? No noise to alert the rest of the teachers and children?

Two things came to mind when I saw the above:

1. The author has quite an imagination.

2. Yet another argument leaning heavily on emotion (plea for “common sense” is often a giveaway), but devoid of facts.

Emotionally-driven arguments. Very much a sign of the time.

But now the facts on this subject.

An ABC7 Chicago I-Team Investigation recently looked into suppressors as legislation legalizing such devices has been introduced in the Illinois House (HB0433) and Senate (SB0803). Chuck Goudie reported on the ABC7 website on April 30:

Silencers used by criminals on TV and in movies; this is how most people know of the device.

Sponsors of a bill to make them legal in Illinois say the Hollywood interpretation is pure fiction…

A 2007 study found silencer use in crime is rare…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“Guns with silencers are the weapon of choice for assassins, terrorists and murderers.”

Whatever you say.

And all those “assassins, terrorists and murderers” will be lining up for silencers if they’re legalized in Illinois, right?

As I blogged back on February 11:

Firearm suppressors (or sound suppressors and silencers as they’re also known) are highly-regulated in the United States. J. Guthrie reported on the Guns & Ammo website back on May 13, 2012:

If you lived in Scotland, they would be required for hunting. If you lived in Finland you could saunter down to the local gun shop and buy one over the counter—one more reason to like Finland. In the U.S., suppressors are regulated by the National Firearms Act and you have to first make sure they are legal in your state, fill out a federal form and send it, a couple of photos and some fingerprints into the BATFE for approval. Once approved—the process can take six or seven months—the BATFE sends you a little stamp and some paperwork and you can take possession of the suppressor from you dealer. There are legal considerations for interstate transportation and transferring the suppressor too…

Just like most felons don’t acquire their firearms lawfully, neither will they be obtaining suppressors legally- particularly in a highly-regulated environment like the one that currently exists.

Fears of a proliferation of legally-manufactured, lawfully-obtained suppressors among the bad guys in the “Land of Lincoln” are unfounded.

As for the “Voice Of The People” on these devices? I sure as hell hope it isn’t.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Goudie, Chuck. “Are Gun Silencers A Threat To Safety?” ABC 7. 30 Apr. 2015. (http://abc7chicago.com/news/are-gun-silencers-a-threat-to-safety/689952/). 18 May 2015.

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Scotland To Ban Air Guns

Another day, another proposed/enacted ban (although New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ’s desire to crack down on large “sugary” drinks should hog the headlines for a while).

This time it’s across the pond in Scotland, and it’s air guns that will be banned soon. David Taylor wrote in the Daily Record (Scotland) on May 19:

AIRGUNS are to be banned under a new Scots law named after shooting victim toddler Andrew Morton.

Andrew’s parents, who campaigned tirelessly for the ban, were told of the plans when they met Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill yesterday.

Dad Andy was visibly moved as he revealed he and wife Sharon were “over the moon” at the news.

And he said the law would be a “fitting tribute” to his son’s memory.

The couple have been pressing for control of air weapons since Andrew, two, was killed with a shot to the head by junkie thug Mark Bonini in 2005.

MacAskill told them yesterday the law would be on the statute books by the end of this year.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

I’m guessing criminal activity, injuries, and deaths by air guns must be off the charts in Scotland for this to happen?

Or maybe not.

Source:

Taylor, David. “Airguns set to be banned after parents of tragic toddler Andrew Morton win pledge from Kenny MacAskill.” Daily Record. 19 May 2012. (http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics-news/2012/05/19/airguns-set-to-be-banned-after-parents-of-tragic-toddler-andrew-morton-win-pledge-from-kenny-macaskill-86908-23865167/). 1 June 2012.

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