This image is of a gun silencer. Originally silencers were invented by Hiram Percy Maxim, an MIT graduate. He noticed that water in a bathtub swirled around the drain soundlessly as it was let out. He thought if the air from the barrel of a firearm swirled, it should muffle the sound. Guns could be shot more quietly.
Why am I, a Canadian, non-firearm owner ranting about this? Donald Trump, Jr. was involved in the introduction of legislation to make silencers easier to buy in the 42 states that permit them. The kicker? It wasn't introduced in the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms) but in Health and Safety. I know that firing a rifle or handgun can cause hearing damage. I live with a gun owner who can trace at least some of his hearing problems to shooting (there is a selective aspect to them.) The legislation was designed to making silencers easier to purchase- eliminating the $200 tax and the 9 month wait for approval.
So what am I ranting about? Although the legislation died in committee, it was the third most viewed in 2016. It's sneaky and self-serving. Donald J. Trump is an avid hunter of big game (African endangered species are some of his trophies.) I am sure that these "kills" are a result of his skill and have nothing to do with being "B'wana" and having Bobo and the rest of the gun bearers, etc. make the hunt comfortable. If the bill had been introduced with other hearing safety concerns, I wouldn't be so torn up. Old Rockers have lost their hearing; club servers, jack hammer operators, airport workers, farm workers can all be affected. When you choose one group to "protect", it's undemocratic. It's a special interest group.
Sales of silencers have tripled in 2016. That's a sudden surge in hearing health concern. I know gun owners and they wear the ear protective "muffs" which work well. If you are a hunter, I'm told adding the silencer to your rifle would make it a lot more inconvenient to carry in the bush. My suspicion is that silencers are one more way to undermine any kind of gun control and one big money grab.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.