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  • Aired:  03/25/13
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Al Madrigal investigates America's biggest gun-related health threat. (5:49)

WELCOME BACK.

WE'VE BEEN AWAY FOR A FEW WEEKS.

WE'VE BEEN AWAY FOR A COUPLE WEEKS.

IT SEEMS LIKE A GOOD TIME TO CHECK IN ON ONE OF THE TOP ITEMS ON THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA.

ISSUES THAT WERE AGREED UPON AS A TOP PRIORITY

>> I KNOW THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THIS COUNTRY HAS DEBATED HOW TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE.

THIS TIME IT'S DIFFERENT

>> WE WANT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PREVENT GUNS FROM FALLING INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE

MENTALLY UNBALANCED OR CRIMINALS

>> EVERY IDEA SHOULD BE ON THE TABLE AS WE DISCUSS HOW BEST TO USE THAT

>> Jon: IF WE COULD CHANGE THE TERM SHOOTING SPREE TO [BLEEP].

NOBODY WANTS TO BE KNOWN AS THE GUY WHO [BLEEP] HIS PANTS.

BUT THE POINT IS FINALLY SINCE THE TERRIBLY VENT IN NEWTOWN A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT WE WERE

GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE SUBSTANTIAL ACTION TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE.

OVER 3,000 MORE AMERICAN VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE.

LET'S CHECK IN.

WHAT DID WE GET DONE?

>> THE ONLY VOTES THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN SINCE NEWTOWN HAVE WEAKENED GUN CONTROL IN AMERICA.

>> Jon: OKAY.

THE VOTE THE SENATE TOOK LAST WEEK TO PREVENT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, FOR EXAMPLE, FROM

TAKING A LOOK AT GUN SHOP OWNERS' INVENTORY TO MAKE SURE THERE HASN'T BEEN THEFT

>> Jon: THAT MAKES SINCE.

NEWTOWN IS ONE OF THE ONLY GUN MEASURES PREVENTS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FROM TRACKING STOLEN GUNS.

WE'VE LOCALED GUNS INTO A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY.

WE HAVE GUNS JUST FOR WEAPONS.

STILL THIS INACTION HASN'T DETERRED SOME GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES.

WE SPENT TIME WITH ONE ESPECIALLY DETERMINED GROUP

>> CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF NOT NOT ALL GUN OWNERS ARE AGAINST GUN REGULATION.

SOME HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THEY'RE A HAZARD

>> THE FIREARM IS DANGEROUS.

WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM.

>> Reporter: AND HE HAS IDENTIFIED THE BIGGEST DANGER OF ALL.

>> THE PROBLEM WITH GUNS IS THEY'RE JUST TOO LOUD.

>> Reporter: TOO LOUD?

JUST TOO LOUD Reporter: THAT'S THE PROBLEM YES.

EVERY TIME YOU FIRE ARRIVAL WITHOUT HEARING PROTECTION, IT WILL DO PERMANENT HEARING DAMAGE

TO YOU.

EVERY TIME.

YOU HEAR WITH YOUR EARS BUT WHAT PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND IS YOU HEAR WITH THE BONES IN YOUR FACE

AND YOUR SKULL AS WELL

>> Reporter: YES.

WHILE MOST EXPERTS HAVE STUDIED GUN VIOLENCE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE BULLET, FEW

HAVE STUDIED IT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE SOUND.

YOU SEE, WHEN YOU FIRE A GUN, IT HAS 140 DECIBELS OF SOUND WAVES WHICH CAN CAUSE SEVERE AND

IRREPARABLE HEARING DAMAGE BUT THIS MAN WANTS THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT THERE IS AN ANSWER TO

THIS EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENT GUN NOISE

>> IT'S CALLED A SILENCER.

WE... WE MANUFACTURE A MYRIAD OF SUPPRESSORS FOR ALL SORTS OF FIREARMS TO HELP REDUCE THE

SOUND ENERGY

>> Reporter: THE SILENCERS ARE LIKE A MEDICAL DEVICE

>> EVERYBODY IS BORN WITH TWO FEARS, THE FEARS OF FALLING AND THE FEAR OF LOUD NOISES

>> Reporter: AND BEING SHOT IN THE FACE BY A MANIAC

>> THAT WILL HAVE A LOUD NOISE Reporter: SOME WANT TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR THE PUBLIC TO

OBTAIN THESE WONDER DEVICES LIKE THIS MAN OF THE COALITION TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE

>> SILENCERS ARE DANGEROUS ACCESSORIES.

IT DOESN'T MAKE US SAFER TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO BE SHOOTING OTHERS IN OUR COMMUNITIES IN

STEALTH WITHOUT BEING DETECTED

>> Reporter: YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR EARS AT ALL, DO YOU?

>> I DO CARE ABOUT MY EARS BUT I THINK THE PROBLEM WITH GUN VIOLENCE WE'RE EXPERIENCING IN

THIS COUNTRY HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH HEARING

>> Reporter: WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST, WE GO BACK TO USING PILLOWS AND TOWELS WRAPPED

AROUND THE GUNS?

>> I SUGGEST ALLOWING PEOPLE TO HEAR THE REPORT OF GUN FIRE IS CRITICAL

>> Reporter: SADLY THINKING LIKE THIS HAS LED THE GOVERNMENT TO INSTITUTE BURDENSOME REGULATIONS

ON SILENCERS, LIKE REGISTERING THEM, CHECKING YOUR CRIMINAL PAST, AND HAVING TO FILL OUT FORMS.

IT'S A TRAGIC HASSLE THAT THE N.R.A. HOPES TO CHANGE.

>> THE REGULATION OF SILENCERS IS SO OVERBEARING THAT LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS DON'T WANT

FOOL WITH THE PAPERWORK AND THE RED TAPE

>> Reporter: EVERY SILENCER TRANSACTION IS RECORDED

>> OH, YEAH.

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM

>> Reporter: THAT'S CRAZY MOST COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD DON'T REGULATE SILENCERS.

IT'S ACTUALLY COURTESY IN GERMANY TO USE A SILENCER

>> Reporter: I'M GOING TO KILL YOUR FATHER.

AS A COURTESY, I WILL SILENCE IT.

>> I'VE NEVER BEEN TO GERMANY.

I CAN'T SPECULATE ON THAT

>> Reporter: ANTI-SILENCER NUTS LIKE EVERETT WANT TO ACTUALLY REGULATE POLITENESS

>> THERE'S NOTHING COURTEOUS ABOUT IT.

AMERICANS DO NOT WANT PEOPLE FIRING GUNS WITH SILENCERS EQUIPPED IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS

>> Reporter: DO YOU EVEN HAVE A STUDY TO BACK THAT UP?

>> YOU DON'T NEED A STUDY ON THAT.

ALL YOU NEED IS COMMON SENSE.

>> Reporter: BUT WITH AMERICA'S EARS SUFFERING A TRAGEDY EVERY SINGLE DAY SHOULD HE CONSIDER A

MORE RADICAL APPROACH.

I HAVE AN IDEA.

LESS GUNS OUT THERE.

LESS NOISE OUT THERE.

MAYBE REGULATION IS THE WAY TO GO

>> NO.

THE GOVERNMENT TRYING TO REGULATE GUNS JUST WILL NOT WORK.

>> Reporter: GUN REGULATION WILL NEVER WORK THEN?

>> IT DOESN'T WORK Reporter: WHAT ABOUT THE REGULATIONS WITH SILENCERS?

>> RIDICULOUS.

COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS.

REGULATIONS OF SILENCERS ARE SOY FIGURE TIFF THAT PEOPLE TYPICALLY DON'T WANT TO BUY ONE.

>> Reporter: SO IT'S WORKING TOO WELL

>> I SEE YOUR POINT.

Reporter: YES, AMERICA.

UNTIL THESE STRICT SILENCER LAWS CHANGE, SCENES LIKE THIS WILL BE ALL TOO COMMON.

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