What’s A Silencer For?

The NRA wants the government to ease up on gun silencer regulations. Goldblog is against the idea:

Silencers, in civilian life, have an important purpose — to help criminals commit violent crimes without drawing too much attention to themselves. A person defending his or her home from a violent criminal does not need a silencer. Quite the opposite — the sound of a racked shotgun (as Joe Biden will attest) is often enough to scare an intruder out of your house, without a shot being fired.