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‘Mr. Duncan, withdraw that bill!’

posted Oct 14, 2017, 4:38 PM by Ocdp Web

Posted on October 6, 2017, The Journal, Seneca, SC


Editor:

I have long objected to Jeff Duncan’s Sportsmen Heritage Recreation Enhancement Act, but I have not spoken out about it until now. However, a recent event has given me a new appreciation for the value of sound associated with gunfire. Mr. Duncan’s bill would, among other things, legalize the sale and use of silencers.


Our daughter, Diane, was at the concert in Las Vegas on Sunday evening when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd. Fortunately, she, and many others, are safe because of one simple fact: they heard the sound of gunfire and took actions to protect themselves.


Mr. Paddock had made modifications to several of his guns to increase the speed at which they fired, and I firmly believe that, had silencers been available, he would have used one.


Imagine the increase in carnage if he had used a silencer! People would have been falling for no known reason. Chances are that the music would have continued. Would the carnage have increased by a factor of 10? Of 100?


Silencers have been illegal in this country for many years, and for good reason — they protect people. It is far better for sportsmen to experience the inconvenience of wearing hearing protection than to risk the possibility of a mass shooter with a silencer.


I close by paraphrasing former President Ronald Reagan, a man that I know Mr. Duncan admires:  “Mr. Duncan, withdraw that bill!”


Carl Fortson

Seneca

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