Republicans in Congress have lost their minds.
In a bill that would be popular only among hardcore right-wingers and, of course, the NRA, Republicans in the House of Representatives could pass legislation as early as this week that would roll back decades-old restrictions on gun silencers, opening up the market for a device that critics say would make it difficult in a mass shooting to detect where gunfire is coming from.
Republicans say the provision, euphemistically called the Hearing Protection Act, doesn’t really silence the sound of gunfire. It only diminishes it enough, supporters say, to shield hunters and recreational shooters from hearing damage.
One Republican congressman explained, “It isn’t a silencer because it still makes sound, but what it does is cuts the percentage of the noise down to make shooting sports a little nicer for people’s hearing.”
So do ear plugs.
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “popular.”