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Let me start off by saying I respect the cause and support the concept entirely.
However it would help to have some misconceptions cleared up.
1: The military doesn’t use hollow points because they are banned by the Geneva Convention. This ruling predates body armor and has nothing to with the round being armor piercing or not. It was deemed in-humane.
2: True armor piercing ammo has nothing to with a jacket either. It typically contains a steel or other hardened metal core.
3: Armor piercing rounds are actually cause far less damage against people not wearing body armor. The round does not expand in soft flesh and tends to have a small “through and through” wound channel. Without expansion or fragmentation the wound channel is actually less likely to be fatal next to say a cast lead round. Full metal jacket rounds are similar in behavior, but not the same extent. Frangible round actually cause some of the most horrific wound channels of any round as they are designed to dump all kinetic energy IN the target.
4: Banning one type of ammunition isn’t going to solve anything. Statistically more civilians are killed by the lowly .22LR than any other round. And not by a small margin either.
While banning guns all together sounds like the solution to some, it’s sadly not a viable one. Would banning silverware do anything to stop the obesity in the US? We all know the answer to that is a big NOPE. Thought the fast food industry would certainly love this idea. There are just too many firearms in circulation now, and getting them all would be impossible. Besides a criminal is just that, a criminal. They’re not going to give up guns because they’re illegal. Much like how well outlawing cocaine has worked.
The NRA’s belief that more guns is a solution is too tragic to even laugh at. It’s eve worse than the gun grab idea. Anyone suggesting this course of action should be locked up in an insane asylum.
The real problem, and the solution are not guns or ammo. It’s people. In mass shootings they’re getting really good at pointing out the “warning signs” after it happened. If this stuff was documented why didn’t anyone do anything about it? I’m not suggesting institutionalizing a child for being upset or emotionally unstable. Perhaps a little time out, let them decompress and talking to a certified adult to help them cope with the issues. If a co-worker seems off, take a few seconds and ASK if something is wrong. Spend a coffee break with them and try to help. If it’s really bad, don’t be afraid to get them the help they need before it turns violent.
This same “caring” concept should also be applied to purchasing and CONTINUED ownership of a firearm. Frankly the BATFE’s form for purchasing a firearms is another tragic disaster. A bunch of yes / no questions does’t cut it. Some of those questions are so brainless you have to wonder what the point is. “Are you a fugitive from the law?” Really? Who says yes to that while trying to buy a gun? A detailed background check, psychological evaluation, drug testing, and proper storage in place BEFORE purchasing a firearm should be a must. Along with regular checkups. Failure to maintain standards should equal loss of the firearm(s). Improper storage of a gun, which is stolen and used in a crime, should leave the original owner criminally liable as well.
Okay, sorry for the rant.
Regards from a responsible gun owner and FORMER NRA member.
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