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The Sound of Gunfire Can Be Life-Saving

Congress shouldn't make it easier for criminals to get silencers.
Do you really need this for hunting?

Do you really need this for hunting?

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“Pop, pop, pop, pop -- it’s a sound I’ll never forget.”

That’s how Representative Mike Bishop of Michigan described the scene in June when a gunman attacked members of Congress practicing for a baseball game in suburban Washington. That sound allowed some people at the scene to take cover -- yet Bishop and his fellow Republicans now seem prepared to pass legislation that would make it harder for anyone similarly threatened to heed the warning.