Can bullets penetrate weapons

Paralyzing bullets

With electric shock ammunition suitable for normal firearms, the area of ​​application for non-lethal weapons is to be expanded

Non-lethal weapons are now being referred to as less lethal weapons because it cannot be guaranteed that their use will not lead to death. They have only been designed in such a way that they do not cause any serious injuries as far as possible and that their short-term effects should be reversible. In addition to non-lethal ammunition such as rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray or stun and shock grenades, stun guns are already used in many countries, but they either require direct physical contact or, like the Taser stun guns, can only be used over a distance of a few meters. A new projectile can be fired with normal weapons, the electric shock effect can be combined with different ammunition. The non-lethal component then, paradoxically, also serves to increase the probability of killing a person with one shot, i.e. to create more lethal weapons, so to speak.

John LeBourgeois, the inventor of electric shock ammunition and founder of ShockRounds, claims that he came up with the idea after an incident in 1999. At that time, four policemen, looking for a rape suspect, rang the doorbell of 22-year-old Amadou Diallo. The young, unarmed black man opened the door and took something out of his pocket. The police thought, they explained, that he was pointing a gun at them - it was a purse - and started shooting. They fired 41 shots, 19 hit the man who died from them.

The incident caused a stir because it was said that the New York police were using more violence against colored people. During a lawsuit in 2004, the family received $ 3 million in compensation and set up a foundation. Allegedly, the police continued shooting because Amadou Diallo seemed to keep moving forward despite the bullets that penetrated his body and partially tore his organs. According to the rules of engagement, police officers are allowed to shoot until an armed man stops moving, as those who have been fatally hit can sometimes keep firing until they lose consciousness. LeBourgeois allegedly thought when he read this that there must be another possibility. So, according to his own admission, he came up with the idea of ​​developing ammunition that would make a person incapable of action even if you hit them anywhere.

So LeBourgeois began developing stun ammunition with normal 9 and 10mm bullets and founded his company Technosis in California. First the company ShockRounds took over his invention, which in turn was bought by the MDM Group in order to bring the ammunition onto the market together with the Australian Harrington Group at the end of 2007. The market for non-lethal weapons is expected to grow rapidly and leads the economic success of Taser, the manufacturer of stun guns. And attention is drawn to the "growing violence" associated with "anti-globalization protests and the war on terrorism". In anti-terrorism operations, the electric shock bullets would help prevent collateral damage.

Offenders range from those involved in domestic disturbances, brawls, armed criminal or terrorist activity, emotionally disturbed or drug induced activity, through to growing levels of public disorder such as the violence associated with anti-globalization protests and the war on terrorism.

Harrington Group

The bullets can be fired from ordinary firearms and when they strike a target they give off an electric shock of 50,000 volts (175 joules), which, like other electric shock weapons, paralyzes the muscles. In contrast to the very limited range of taser pistols, which shoot two wires up to 10 meters, the electric shock bullets can hit people up to 100 meters away and temporarily immobilize them. They contain piezoelectric material that releases electricity on impact, which can be dosed in different amounts.

According to the provider, lighter electric shocks can be used to combat crowds. There are also 37mm bullets, which do not penetrate the body, and rubber bullets, in order, as it is said, to influence the behavior of people ("behavior modifying"). However, even when fighting with live ammunition, they serve to temporarily incapacitate the opponent, even if he was only slightly injured, and thus an easier target for a fatal shot. This increases the lethality and is so at the same time or depending on the use less lethal and more lethal. (Florian Rötzer)

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