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Boston Marathon bombs: How tweeting the Watertown shootout can get you killed (put those lights out!)

by | 20th, April 2013

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DO you rubberneck? Kristian Tuinzing @Dutchguy000 tweets a a “bullet hole in my wall from Watertown shootout. My head was there minutes before”.

 

Wow. That really is a horrible calendar. And there’s no writing on it. None. The hole’s the best part.

But Mr Tuinzing’s wall planner could have been decorated with his last thoughts – literally.

Lt. Col. Robert Bateman explains why filming a shoot out is not a great idea. It makes the work of these chaps all the more remarkable:

In the real world, even when a bullet does hit something, unless it is at nearly a right angle, THAT BULLET CAN STILL KILL YOU. It is called a ricochet. Ever played pool? Same idea. Remember that. Even the bullets not aimed at, or anywhere near you, can ruin your whole day…firing anything with greater hitting power than, say, a .32.. it will go through things. Metals, woods, sheet-rock? No problem. Your front door will not protect you, at all. Nor will the walls of a normal suburban house, nor the three Sheet-rock walls beyond that. In a car, the only thing that really stops most bullets would be the engine block itself. All the rest of the body of a car, well, basically tin-foil. All those cop movies you remember from the 70s, when they hid behind the opened door of their patrol car and shot at the bad guy? Yea, no. Do not think that works.

The best thing is not to shoot back. The best thing is to do as you did in 1940. Hide and hope. This from the Ministry of Home Security:

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