What a story to start the week. Imagine how bad it would be if we didn't have a Nobel Peace Prize-winning president:
In a dramatic shift for the US military, the army is considering the use of bullets that can expand and break up when striking a target to make new pistols more lethal, raising concern that doing so would violate international law.
According to the Army Times, the Pentagon recently reviewed the use of “special purpose ammunition” and determined the army could look into enabling its next-generation XM-17 pistol to use various kinds, including hollow point bullets. Currently, only ball ammunition is used in the army.The difference is that while ball ammunition penetrates deeper into an enemy when they are struck, hollow point can break up once they hit an individual, destroying a larger area of tissue and generally producing more damage. As a result, they are more lethal.
The other difference is that, unlike ball ammunition, expanding bullets were banned under the 1899 Hague Convention. The bullets are not used by NATO members, either.
But see, it's all okay, because .... we never signed the Hague Convention! Also, they are "more humane." (Yeah, ask any ER nurse who handles a lot of gunshot victims how "humane" hollow point bullets are.) How considerate:
The Army’s argument is, essentially, that since modern warfare often takes place in urban environments, hollow point bullets would minimize collateral damage. Ball ammunition, because it can penetrate tissue more deeply, can as a result blow through a target and potentially hit others nearby. Ball ammunition can ricochet and hit other people as well. Potentially, these sorts of risks would be reduced with hollow point bullets.