Originally Posted by cryogenic419
Why their use isn't encouraged more is beyond me.
Frankly, it's because US law on the matter is stupid.
The original NFA, which controls suppressors, actually included handguns instead. The sponsors realized that it could not pass and dropped handguns, adding suppressors as a "compromise".
In many other parts of the world, suppressors are cheap, available "over the counter" immediately in most firearms retailers and not only encouraged but actually REQUIRED in some circumstances.
How suppressors were so demonized in 1934, I don't know. Now, Hollywood ensures that Americans see them as the tools of the ruthless, secret assassin, rather than the useful tool that they really are.
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.