March 01, 2004

Banning a fiction

Dave Kopel notes Ted Kennedy’s new crusade to ban the fictitious “cop-killer” bullet:

There never has been any such thing as a “cop-killer” bullet. The issue is a fiction, invented for purposes of politics, not public safety. In any case, since 1986, federal law has prohibited the rare types of handgun ammunition that have unusual abilities to penetrate body armor.


Even before the 1986 law restricting “armor-piercing ammunition,” there had never been a case of a police officer killed with such ammunition penetrating a vest. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms studied every police-officer shooting in the years 1985-94 and reported: “No law enforcement officer in the United States has died as a result of a round of armor piercing ammunition, as defined, having been fired from a handgun, subsequently penetrating an officer’s protective body armor causing lethal injuries.”

Kopel’s article is outstanding in its layman explanation of basic ballistics and body armor types.

Since Teddy has access to personal protection from government agencies, I think he should shut up, so those of us who have to deal with the goblins can turn our attention to loading our weapons with all the Golden Saber and Super-X ammo they will hold. If we have to shoot the goblins threatening our children or invading our home, we want them to stay down when hit.

Posted by retrophisch at March 1, 2004 04:43 PM
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