A CDC study recently found that a staggering 40 million American adults—including one-fourth of people 20-69—have lost some hearing because of noise. Even more noteworthy, 53 percent of those with hearing loss claimed to have no occupational exposure to excessive noise—a number which likely includes many shooters and hunters.
These numbers not only uncover a national epidemic—they also indicate that the deregulation of suppressors, as outlined in the Hearing Protection Act, should be regarded less as a matter of politics and more as an urgent matter of public health.
Given that noises of over 140 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss with hearing protection—and that an unsuppressed .223 rifle produces about 165 decibels—the use of suppressors (which reduce gunshot noise by 20-35 decibels) could, when combined with regular hearing protection, significantly reduce the longstanding prevalence of hearing loss in the shooting community.
Father Saves Son, Shoots Intruder In San Diego Home Invasion
It was a home off a quiet cul-de-sac. It was 2 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. And police believe two home intruders thought it was the perfect target.
The two gun-wielding men entered the Lemon Grove residence and encountered Francisco Suarez Sr., the 44-year-old homeowner, and his 22-year-old son, Francisco Jr. After the intruders held both at gunpoint for several minutes, there was a sudden struggle over a gun and Francisco Jr. was shot in the torso. The homeowner then grabbed his own gun and returned fire, hitting one of the intruders and sending the second man running.
When deputies arrived, they found the son on the lawn and the homeowner in the house with the intruder, who had succumbed to his gunshot wound. Police searched the neighborhood for the escaped accomplice, but have yet to find him. EMTs took Francisco Jr. to a hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Francisco Sr. was not injured in the fracas.
CT Governor Wants To Balance Budget On The Backs Of Gun Owners
If you’re an anti-gun governor looking to decrease your state’s $3.6 billion deficit, where do you begin? The answer couldn’t be easier for Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy—you start with your most reviled group, and penalize them with the heftiest of fees.
Malloy’s new budget proposes a four-fold increase in pistol permit fees—from $70 to a whopping $300. He’s also wanting to raise the five-year pistol permit fee from $140 to $370 and background check fees from $50 to $75. In other words, he’s penalizing any citizen who wants to own or use a gun simply because he himself is vehemently opposed to them.
“The increase of pistol permit fees 400 percent is astronomical,” said Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL). And while CCDL members and other gun owners have reached out to Malloy to express their concern, Wilson believes it’s wasted effort. "It's no secret that Gov. Malloy really does not care about gun rights or Second Amendment rights or gun owners in the state of Connecticut,” he said.
Alabama AG Luther Strange Named To Fill Sessions’ Senate Vacancy
Following the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed state Attorney General Luther Strange to fill the vacancy in the U.S. Senate.
“Senator Sessions' commitment to public service is nearly unparalleled in Alabama history, and his departure from the Senate leaves tremendous shoes to fill,” Strange said. “I pledge to the people of Alabama to continue the same level of leadership as Jeff Sessions in consistently fighting to protect and advance the conservative values we all care about.”
Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said Strange is a longtime supporter of the Second Amendment with a strong commitment to the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. “I would like to congratulate Luther Strange on his appointment to the United States Senate,” Cox said. “The people of Alabama are fortunate to have a senator who will continue Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ legacy as a steadfast champion of freedom.”
Poll: Americans Say Trump Administration More Truthful Than News Media
In what will only be a surprise to the so-called “mainstream” media and Donald Trump haters—all too often one and the same—a new poll shows Americans trust the Trump administration substantially more than they trust the news media.
As reported in The Hill, a new Emerson College poll revealed that the Trump administration is considered truthful by 49 percent of registered voters and untruthful by 48 percent. At the same time, the news media is considered truthful by only 39 percent of voters, with 53 percent calling media “untruthful.”
While it must sting, the poll shouldn’t be a big surprise to the media. A Gallup poll last year revealed that only 20 percent of Americans still have confidence in newspapers, while their TV counterparts only drew 21 percent confidence.
The new Emerson poll, conducted Feb. 5-6, had a margin of error of 3.9 percent.