To the Editor:
Just after the mass shooting in Las Vegas there was audio of the shooting where you heard “pop, pop, pop” over and over.
Survivors reportedly ran away from those sounds. This has been repeated by countless numbers of people involved in many of these shootings. Why is hearing this sound so important?
There is a bill that is being prepared for a vote soon. It is HR 3668, the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE). Sounds innocent enough until you start reading the bill.
Start with title XV, also called the Hearing Protection Act. Seems constant shooting damages hunters’ hearing, according to the bill’s sponsor. Rather than wear hearing protection, we need to place suppressors onto the end of a gun. They are also called silencers in the bill.
Now victims in a mass shooting may have no idea where the shots are coming from because the shooter’s hearing needs to be protected and the only sounds these victims may hear are bullets ricocheting all around the place. People may run into the line of fire because they have no idea where the shots are coming from.
Next in the bill is title XVL or the elimination of authority to reclassify popular ammo as armor-piercing by the attorney general.
It appears that hunters have encountered wild game wearing Kevlar vests. Hunters need armor-piercing ammo to level the playing field.
The police are not happy with anything in this bill, including the mandate to destroy all records of people currently having suppressors.
This bill is a priority to the National Rifle Association, according to spokesperson Jennifer Baker and seems to have plenty of Republican supporters. The irony is that there was going to be a hearing earlier this summer on this bill but it was postponed because a Republican committee chairman, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot while playing softball in June on a field in Washington, D.C.
You have to wonder with high-capacity magazines, noise suppressors and armor-piercing ammo, just what are hunters hunting now?