Gun control dating back in time
Frontier towns -- places like Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge -- actually had the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation.
In fact, many of those same cities have far less burdensome gun control today then they did back in the 1800s. Out in the untamed wilderness, you needed a gun to be safe from bandits, natives, and wildlife.
Proponents of the bill claim suppressors protect the hearing of gun users.
Critics say the argument that silencer sales promote public health by protecting hearing is a smokescreen for a deregulatory initiative. 11, 2017) Proponents of the bill claim suppressors protect the hearing of gun users.
The following is the full text of an announcement that was sent by the Criminal Division to the United States Attorneys' Offices upon the passage of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(9) (the Lautenberg Amendment) in the fall of 1996. § 921 prohibit anyone convicted of a felony and anyone subject to a domestic violence protective order from possessing a firearm.
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. Stiff federal regulations on silencers date back to 1934, when they were enacted as part of a crackdown on machine guns and other instruments of mobster violence.
The publication of this research comes at a time when federal lawmakers in America are struggling to agree upon a legislative response to a massacre at an Orlando nightclub that left 50 people dead and many others injured.
Australia often comes up as a model, especially in the wake of mass shootings.
(Thanks to the Washington Post’s Michael Rosenwald for some of this history.) In recent years, they’ve stuck in the gun lobby’s craw, as do most restrictions on the sale of firearms and related equipment.
But treating the use of silencers as a public health issue is a relatively new twist.
In October, after a shooting at a college in Roseburg, Ore., President Barack Obama cited Australia's gun laws in a statement; that same month, Hillary Clinton said a similar federal buyback program "would be worth considering."The experience in Australia "provides a useful example of how a nation can come together to forge life-saving policies despite political and cultural divides," writes Daniel Webster, a researcher specializing in gun violence at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, for JAMA.