John Carter

A new absurdity from the gun lobby: The 'Hearing Protection Act' (it's actually about deregulating silencers)

A new absurdity from the gun lobby: The 'Hearing Protection Act' (it's actually about deregulating silencers)

The gun lobby certainly is adept at promoting counterintuitive (and probably counterproductive) policy positions, such as that the answer to gun violence in America is more guns. Politicians certainly are adept at giving their bills titles that conceal their purpose, like calling a bill that narrows privacy rights and constrains civil liberties the “Patriot Act.”

Put these proclivities together, and you get the “Hearing Protection Act,” introduced Monday by Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and John Carter (R-Texas). From the...

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