HEY, rubber bullets aren’t made out of rubber.

they are metal bullets coated with a thin layer of rubber. the cops obviously know this. they aren’t non lethal. they are not meant for close range.

they were invented as a way to break up riots by firing the bullet at the ground with the intent to bounce into people’s legs without much injury and are expected to produce contusions, abrasions, and hematomas in those cases but they can kill.

police that are shooting them point blank at people's heads are shooting to kill.

wooden bullets are being used in columbus ohio in lieu of rubber bullets. these were used often in hong kong and are known to splinter upon impact to the ground and skin, causing wooden shards to erupt.

rubber bullets are known to ricochet uncontrollably when fired at the ground, but wooden bullets can splinter and explode upon impact. both are extremely dangerous.

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@mercurythedragon I feel like the name "rubber bullet" is purposely misleading so people envision, like, a 9mm bullet but made of rubber instead of the hulking monstrosities they actually are

@witchfynder_finder yeah honestly seems extremely intentional. now we know why they're so damm devastating

@mercurythedragon @witchfynder_finder I was reading a post from twitter from someone who listens to police scanners, and apparently the cops themselves never use the term "rubber bullet". They call them 40mm rounds.

@mercurythedragon Jesus Christ that looks like the damn things from Mario

@mercurythedragon Can't reach the petition page. I think so many people want to sign that it's been accidentally DDoS'd!

@InvaderXan @mercurythedragon Seems to be going in and out. I had to refresh mutiple times but eventually managed to sign.

@twitter they were first used in the united states in the 1960s during civil rights protests and anti-war protests. They stopped using them after a fatality in 1971 but resumed later in the 1980s.

they really should be considered a crime to be used against civilians


dozens of people have lost an eye to these in france the last 2 years alone

official doctrine is to bounce the bullet on the ground but there's countless evidence they're aimed at people's faces

I've also read similar reports from Chile and Kashmir, it's a deliberate policy to mutilate protesters

there's a long history of crosspollination of counter-insurgency techniques between the US, UK, france and south-american countries going back to at least the 50s, this is one of the results imo

@mercurythedragon "rubber bullet killed 3% they injured" seems extremely overnumbered... Knowing you can see dozens of rubberballs shot at each demo...

@baerd I dunno, when they're at point blank they can kill

@mercurythedragon sure but knowing dozens can be fired to a single mob demonstrating, 3% lethality seems very high.

@baerd I dunno. I mean this is what I've seen and w how people are losing eyes and having their heads busted over this idk if there's really an argument for the rate to be lower or higher than what's reported and even then they can break bones at proper distance

@mercurythedragon yep it’s screwed up, no police officer should have riot gear like this. Hell I was train in the Corps for this and that’s for NGO missions.

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