Originally Posted by chrisintexas
I am the poster of this topic.
After reading replies, I am baffled that why are suppressors/silencers do hard to get when they can protect irreparable damage done to ears by guns?
The National Firearms Act in 1934 originally included a ban on handguns. They knew it couldn't pass. They dropped handguns and added silencers instead. Pure political maneuvering.
Now, Americans are convinced that silencers are evil devices only used by mafia hit men. In much of the rest of the world, silencers are REQUIRED on some guns. They're seen as the useful tools that they are rather than Hollywood assassins tools.
They can be had in most of the US too, after appropriate paperwork and waiting. The issue of using them in a defensive scenario (remember the Hollywood assassin myth) is another matter altogether.