Who are you trying to silence and why?
Acts 19:34 “But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
So, the Jews stir the crowd in Ephesus, they want to bring punishment on Paul, but cannot find him, so seize his companions, Gaius and Aristarchus. They say the gospel is a threat to the goddess Artemis who the Ephesians worship. They cause a near riot and at that point start getting worried they too may be implicated as non-worshippers of Artemis. So they push one of their own, Alexander, forward to try and explain that the Jews are on their side. But the plan fails and now for the next 2 hours the city is in unison, a city choir in praise of the goddess Artemis.
Alexander had motioned with his hand for silence and the response was a wave of sound towards the goddess. This would be a threat to the Jews caught up in the middle of this. Where would this lead to?
When you try and shut someone up when it is you who should be silent then you are at risk of antagonising the situation even further.
When you try and silence a situation it is because you are trying to take control and if that is done because of self-preservation then you are likely to put yourself at higher risk.
When you try and silence people you have no relationship with you will make them become louder just to annoy you.
Who are you trying to silence but more importantly why?