Letters‎ > ‎

Valuing hearing over human rights?

posted Sep 22, 2017, 5:53 PM by Ocdp Web

Posted on September 18, 2017, The Journal, Seneca, SC

Editor:

One of the NRA’s ever-faithful agents in the U.S. House of Representatives — South Carolina’s own Jeffrey Duncan, who poses as “the people’s” 3rd Congressional District representative — introduced H.R.367, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 in January. Mr. Duncan apparently believes inner ear hearing loss, due to loud gunfire, trumps any human’s right to be warned there’s a gunslinger in the vicinity!


This bill amends the IRS Code to: (1) eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers, and (2) treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer. Any person who pays a transfer tax on a silencer after Oct. 22, 2015, may receive a refund. The bill amends the federal criminal code to preempt state or local laws that tax or regulate firearm silencers.


This proposal to “give weaponized folks the added advantage of legalized stealth when prowling suitable public targets” sped through the U.S. House Committees of Judiciary and Ways and Means to presently reside in House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.


I wonder, does Steve Scalise, R-La. — and his family — favor giving that extra advantage to his baseball field sniper on June 14? Perhaps Rep. Scalise reacted to the sound of gunshots prior to having his body ravaged by just one bullet. Did audible explosions prevent Scalise’s death? Does Mr. Duncan intend to benefit wildlife hunters or will firearm manufacturers and criminals see the upside?

Sherry McKnight

Salem

Comments