Exploding bullets are back! Well, at least in the fevered imaginations of pearl-clutching, hoplophobic columnists who don’t bother with facts before dispensing domestic relations advice.
Here’s part of conversation about the topic that’s been going on at National Review’s The Corner.
You know, Charlie, I have been looking all over for some of those “exploding bullets” I keep reading about, but I am unable to find any for sale. The reason for that is that — cool as “exploding bullets” sounds! — they do not really quite exist.
(This would not come as news to people who understand how bullets work, but never mind that.)
The “exploding bullets” thing is an eternal myth, spread by, among other sources, shoddy public-radio journalism (shout out to KERA in Dallas!). Firearms are, for some strange reason, a subject to which America’s editors are all too content — proud, even — to assign reporters who are utterly ignorant.
– Kevin Williamson in I Was Promised Exploding Bullets!
The more things change, the more they stay the same, amirite?
Just for giggles, click on over to Rolling Stone where their resident ballistic expert, Kevin Drum, as a comeback to Williamson, employed a little deft Google-fu to dig up G2 Research’s RIP ammo (trocars!) as an example of real-life — OMG! — exploding bullets.