“There are three basic projectiles that can be fired from a handgun,” Colin D Penny writes at vagazette.com, “the first being the conventional pointed bullet. When this strikes a body it will usually pass through. If it does not strike a vital organ it is rarely life threatening.” Mr. Penny sure sounds authoritative. I wonder why he neglects to mention that a “conventional pointed bullet” that severs a carotid artery can kill you in about six minutes? I’m thinking ignorance. Which is stunning considering . . .
that all the information Mr. Penny would need to verify his claim re: the survivability of a conventional (or any other) handgun round can be obtained via Google. Or, I dunno, asking someone who knows. The wider point: gun control advocates depend on willful ignorance to promote their agenda. They have to close their eyes and plug their ears. Like this:
The second [projectile] is the so called rubber bullet. These are often used for crowd control, since they can be very painful to the victim and I understand will cause a significant bruise. These are the ideal bullets for homeowner protection. (It should be added that with 20,000 gun related suicides in this country every year, this could significantly reduce those numbers.)
Where in the world did Mr. Penny get the idea that rubber bullets are ideal for home defense? Wounding – let’s call it temporarily incapacitating – a criminal in your house strikes me as a very bad idea, on a lot of levels. Not the least of which is that a rubber bullet is bound to annoy them immensely. Maybe that’s why I don’t know anyone who loads rubber bullets in their guns for home defense.
But what do I know? I’ve only taken dozens of firearms training classes run by people who’ve faced real world aggression, none of whom even mentioned rubber bullets.
As for the idea that rubber bullets would reduce suicides, it’s clear Mr. Penny has fallen down a rather deep rabbit hole. Common sense tells us that someone who wants to kill themselves wouldn’t opt for a rubber bullet. If Mr. Penny means that removing “real” bullets from a home would reduce suicides, I have one word for that: Japan. Or, more specifically, please Google “Japan suicide rate.”
The last type of projectile is the hollow-nosed bullet. This is designed to spread when it enters the body to cause significant damage. It was declared illegal by the Geneva Convention. When the shooter loads this round into his weapon he is intending to kill his victim.!
Even if our politicians are reticent to make this bullet illegal, if enough prosecutors used this as prima facia evidence of intent to kill, it would strongly deter the use of this terrible weapon.
Finally . . . no one should be able to buy hard ammunition without producing a valid gun license.
Finally, no one should tell other people to legislate away American’s natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms without knowing a thing or two about arms, ammunition, criminal behavior and other related issues. Again, if they did they’d see that their position is morally, legally and practically unsustainable. Which is why they don’t do their homework.