Many countries with strict gun control laws have REQUIREMENTS for suppressors on guns that are legal, such as for hunting. They're not lax because they think the bad guys can't get guns so why bother restricting suppressors, they're lax because they realize they are useful and have little to no criminal downside.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.