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Old April 19, 2013, 09:18 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by Kochman
Aren't earplugs way cheaper, lighter, and more effective?
No. Earplugs only protect the individual wearing them. A suppressor, like a car muffler, helps everyone within earshot.

The reason for a suppressor is so that OTHER people don't hear it. Let's not beat around the bush here.
That is a reason, not the reason.

So, other than assassination, and night time poaching/hunting (because guns are typically more reliable than snares or archery), why would one need that?
As noted, your verb choice is problematic. However, as a general matter one would need a suppressor to suppress the loudest and most obnoxious sounds a firearm makes. This is much the same reason states mandate the use of mufflers on cars.
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