I'm a media member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). They do a lot of good for the outdoor community and the shooting sports at large. One of the things I've continuously reported on whenever they do one is an infographic study. Their studies drop so many truth bombs that their accuracy cannot be disputed even by the most delusional of anti-gunners.
The latest set of truth bombs to be dropped in an infographic put out by the NSSF is their “Hear the Truth about Suppressors” study.
This study points out, very truthfully according to many reports I've read as well, that limiting the usage of suppressors doesn't do anything but hurt ears.
While I think the whole graphic is great, my favorite part is the very bottom where it states just how often a suppressor is used in crime. Which, by the way, is less than 1% of all homicides. When you consider that there is more than 1 million suppressors registered with the ATF, those are peanuts.
This study (indirectly) does double duty in proving that gun owners don't want to commit crimes with our guns, because if we did the number of crimes would be much higher. There are millions of gun owners across the country, and this report shows that there are 101.6 million hunters alone (granted not all of them use guns, but most do).
Again, I say, if we were a problem, you'd know. Here is the graphic in question:
I personally do not own a suppressor of any kind. However, if they were easier to get without an 8 month wait time I'd go out and buy a couple. Why? Because I've shot guns before without hearing protection, and I've now got permanently damaged ears with constant high pitched ringing sounds that NEVER go away.
I would love to save any of the hearing that I've got left by being able to shoot suppressed. I'm not jumping through hoops to attain something that should be a right. A suppressor has uses all the way from proper home defense, to hunting, to target practice and everywhere in between.
Sadly, the Hearing Protection Act seems to have fallen flat on its face. So for now, it's either the hoop jumping or continue using regular hearing protection. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.