One of my favorite websites is The Onion – a satirical “news” website/newspaper. Unfortunately their latest video clip is something that I don’t find to be quite as funny as the rest of their work:
Manufacturer Recalls Hollow Point Bullets That Fail To Explode Inside Targets
In the video clip above, The Onion asserts that hollow point bullets exist to maim and cause suffering, and portrays gun owners as blood thirsty people who enjoy inflicting suffering upon innocent people. The fact is that hollow points allow for a bullet that is better able to stop a violent attacker before they can kill their victim, and a bullet that is less likely to overpenetrate and injure an innocent bystander. When hunting, hollow point bullets allow for a cleaner kill with less suffering for the animal, which is why many states not only allow but require that hollow point bullets be used by hunters.
Given the satirical nature of The Onion, I’m not really displeased with this video clip, and did get a good laugh from it. My only concern is that uninformed people will not know how to separate the humor from the facts, leading to bans on hollow point bullets (as the state of New Jersey has).
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