They Just Don't Get It
Hollowed bullet easy to get & hard to survive
BY ALISON GENDAR and DAVE GOLDINER
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Hollow-point bullets like the one used in the slaying of Officer Daniel Enchautegui are much deadlier than ordinary bullets - and nearly as easy to get.
Cops favor using the hollow-point bullets because they are less likely to pass through a target and ricochet into a fellow cop or bystander. But they want their public sale banned to keep them out of the hands of thugs like Enchautegui's alleged killers, Steven Armento and Lillo Brancato.
"Our mission is to stop violent felons," said Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch. "There is no reason for anyone else to have that ability." Armento allegedly shot Enchautegui with his father's .357-caliber handgun, loaded with the hollow-point bullets.
Anyone with a gun permit can buy the hollow-points in a gun shop. They also are readily available on the black market.
"Anybody can go out and buy them," said Michael Palladino, head of the Detectives' Endowment Association.
The main difference between hollow-point and regular, "full-metal jacket" bullets is that the hollow-points flatten on impact and expand inside a target.
The NYPD switched to the new ammo in 1999.
"They are less likely to penetrate the intended target and hit a bystander," said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne. An on-duty cop's bulletproof vest would likely provide the same protection from a hollow-point as a regular bullet.
With Robert F. Moore
Originally published on December 12, 2005
So let me make sure I understand this, OK? Only cops should have effective and safe ammunition because they are the only people who need it. If a civilian needs effective and safe ammunition, they should ask the violent felon to cease his activities until a cop arrives. Is that about right? Damn I wish I could have googled up a picture of this bigot's face. Actually I could find one of them. Here's our police supremicist Mr. Lynch at the microphone.
Hat Tip to Mr. Bane
Labels: Gun Bias