Republican Senators, Dum-Dum Bullets and Other Pointy-Headed Things …

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Brave Sir Robin ran away, bravely ran away ..

Every Single Pro-Gun Rights Senator Declined To Appear On Meet The Press Today
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In the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting, all of the Sunday shows are dominated by gun control politics.  —  Meet The Press producer Betsy Fischer Martin tweets …

Funny: With all that macho braying and screaming certitude, these wussies refuse to come out and defend their ugly position.

Or could it be that they’re embarrassed that they made sure the assault weapon ban expired without renewing it? Or perhaps it’s in keeping with the heavily euphemized reality of the slaughter in Connecticut that no one in the media wants to talk about: dum-dum bullets that–while banned from warfare by international treaty since the 1890s–were used to kill those children.

Yes, Virginia, they were dum-dums, sometimes called “holl0w point” or some other euphemism.

What they do is, as the Connecticut medical examiner and New York Times euphemized:

it appeared that all of the children had been killed by a “long rifle” that Mr. Lanza was carrying; a .223 Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle was one of the several weapons police found in the school. The other guns were semiautomatic pistols, including a 10-millimeter Glock and a 9-millimeter Sig Sauer.

The bullets Mr. Lanza used were “designed in such a fashion the energy is deposited in the tissue so the bullet stays in,” resulting in deep damage, Dr. Carver [Connecticut’s chief medical examiner since 1989] said. As to how many bullets Mr. Lanza had fired, Dr. Carver said he did not have an exact count. “There were lots of them,” he said….

“This is probably the worst I have seen or the worst that I know of any of my colleagues having seen.”

Now, I need to do this in the best ethical way I can, so I’m going to show you the reality in the “nicest” way possible:

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This is what a dum-dum bullet d0es when used on a coyote

I’m not going to link to it, but if you search using this description by the sho0ter, you’ll find it.

I posted some pics a while back of a coyote that I hit with a 190 Berger VLD (old style). I couldn’t BELIEVE how violently it expanded, especially since it didn’t catch the shoulder or anything. The bullet split the coyote from sternum to testicles. The organs were quite liquified and just fell out of him since he was split. I’ve NEVER seen a bullet expand quite this way, and it was a bit too much for my personal taste in hunting bullets, although great for varmints….

OK. You get it?

Multiply that by 28 and that’s what the Connecticut Medical Examiner and the cops saw. Only they weren’t coyotes.

THAT is what was used on twenty six- and seven-year-old children and eight adults.

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1870 Illustration of dum-dums

If you want to see how US troops have used them in Iraq, click here. [Warning: graphic reality.]

I hope to hell that image haunts you. Because that’s the raw truth that we’re being kept from. Dum-dums are not outlawed, as is often thought, by the Geneva Conventions. They were already outlawed BEFORE the Geneva Conventions. But nobody bothered outlawing them for USA in-country use:

The Hague Convention of 1899, Declaration III, prohibits the use in international warfare of bullets which easily expand or flatten in the body, giving as example a bullet with a jacket with incisions or one that does not fully cover the core. This is often incorrectly believed to be prohibited in the Geneva Conventions, but it significantly predates those conventions, and is in fact a continuance of the Declaration of St Petersburg in 1868, which banned exploding projectiles of less than 400 grams.

Until relatively recently, the prohibition on the use of expanding bullets was only applicable to international armed conflicts. The International Committee of the Red Cross’s customary international law study contends that customary law now prohibits their use in armed conflicts not of an international character.

Yeah. If I were a “brave” Republican Senator, I wouldn’t want to explain to the American People how that happened and why guns are still great, either.

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Courage.

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11 responses to “Republican Senators, Dum-Dum Bullets and Other Pointy-Headed Things …

  1. After that article, Courage is indeed the word to use. I am tramatized all over again and cannot fathom what one of these would do to a 6 year old body. Heaven help those familes…and God DAMN the NRA.

  2. Thank you Hart……..having made, forty four years ago, a pact with myself to never own a gun,if I made it out of VietNam alive……..I still don’t own a gun……..NOBODY ever talks about my right to NOT have to own a gun…….the rights of millions of Americans to NOT have to own a gun…the rights of the peace lovers…IN fact, my personal bias, which, I’m sure, is incorrect also, is…that ANYONE who wants to own a gun is automatically a bit strange, if not crazy….Have any of your audience actually seen a child’s body with a quarter-sized chunk of white-phosphorus sizzling its way through the liver? Of course not….This coyote photo brings back these ‘visions of Johanna’….and, everyone in America needs to see this REAL DEAL….now,…..if it were twenty Wall St.Mafiosos, HSBC bankers, or, Attorneys General, complicit in the criminal enterprise of HSBC, by accepting, in effect, …..a ….’cost of doing business’ bribe,….returning no criminal indictments against the execs of HSBC, who laundered Billions in drug and firearm-sale money, through their teller’s windows, ….NO CRIMINAL INDICTMENTS………Here in Tennessee, a couple of joints can get you a year in the slammer, plus, they can confiscate one’s property, and put the onus of proof on you, to PROVE that your couch or TV wasn’t purchased with drug profits….Equal treatment under the law?… Guffaw….And, I would submit that this unspoken sense of injustice, which EVERYONE in America feels in their private, guarded heart, is the larger contributing source of violence in the country….Everyone knows we tortured Iraqis….Everyone also knows that there was NO RETRIBUTION to the engineers, enablers, and actual doers, of these events….Everyone knows that, in retrospect, if the US would’ve paid off EVERY mortgage in America with the money that America borrowed, instead of giving it to the architects of the crime ( the bankers)… that there wouldn’t be the millions of displaced, formerly-middle-class people, in the streets….yes, we (the country as a whole),would still owe the money, but, to whom?….To ourselves…..And, with a cup of tea in our hands…, in the house that is ours… we would’ve maundered on with the thirty -year task of paying it offf….IN OUR OWN HOUSE….but, made bearable by virtue of the contentment that suffuses us when justice is done………… a palpable, real, contentment, a REAL THING………A WARMTH……………..But………..no……….wait………Justice wasn’t…………….isn’t………….done………..And the unstable……..strike out……not at the purveyors, players, designers, enablers, profiteers, of injustice….No……It’s significant that the shooter shot the children of the slaves…….and not the slavemasters……So, Merry Christmas….GDP

  3. Everyone should see this picture. When reality and truth hit you square in the face, when people SEE what really happened and the vision that neat round bullet holes caused this carnage is replaced with reality, people will be outraged.

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  6. andy

    tragic yes the killing of the children but the gun nor the bullets done the killings he could of choose to use a car or truck waited till recess and drove through the playground and killed many more children he was the killer and choose a gun as his weapon if you feel the gun or bullets are at fault put them on trial then

    • Yeah, I’ve been hearing variants of that bullshit argument all day. You know, like “More guns will make us all safer” and “The higher number of guns the lower the crime rate,” and, “In a pinch, you can suckle your newborn child from a gun, because what comes out of it is pure mother’s milk.”

      What the FUCK are you defending?

      Your right to kill other people if they piss you off enough? Your right to stand your ground at your doorstep with your trusty Winchester 73, as an Apache A-10 attack helicopter blows you, your house and most of your block into oblivion? This ain’t 1787, and things have CHANGED, dude. In the 18th century NOT having a gun was tantamount to a sentence of death for any except in the cities. Someone like Johnny Appleseed was AMAZING for NOT having a gun … and surviving. Get it?

      In 2012, there is almost NO reason for you to own a gun, and I’m talking about hunting, as well. The numbers don’t lie, and HAVING a gun in your house to “protect” you gets you or your family members killed MORE often than when it works. And how many times IN YOUR LIFE has this been an issue? WHAT are you defending, man? In what era do you live? Or are you just parroting dogma that SEEMS very important, but you’ve never actually thought through?

      I suggest you rethink your argument.