sorry, J, I hate to argue with a man on his website, but that is like saying that condoms aren't jsut for sex, you can make water baloons with them or use them to waterproof things. true, silencers are not just for killing people - but the only real utility they have is to kill people without attracting attention. there are only a handful of lawful applications for that, and if you are not drawing a government paycheck then you are not involved in one. everything else is a stretch - using them for hunting, using them for plinking. enough said, we have had this conversation before.
That's a ridiculous and spurious argument, and you know it (I hope). The fact that you cannot think of another purpose for a sound suppressor does not mean other legitimate purposes don't exist. As I said before, they are required for hunting in Finland (IIRC). They have much lower rates of hearing loss there since requiring this, as it is difficult to stalk game with hearing protection on, and difficult to put hearing protection in place right before shooting game, etc. Also, it was irritating to the people who lived near hunting areas to have gunshots going off, apparently. No longer a problem. Target shooting, same thing. Why make noise unnecessarily? Would you take the muffler off your car? Possibly your experience has taught you what (to you) suppressors are made for, but their original purpose remains: to lower the impulse level of a gunshot, and thus protect the user's, and surrounding listeners', hearing. But you're right, we can and will disagree on this, and it doesn't really matter what either of us thinks on the subject anyway.