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  • "The federal government has defended the use of beanbag bullets by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers to quell a riot at the Christmas Island detention centre.

    The government has come under fire from refugee support groups after initially only saying tear gas was used.

    Beanbag bullets are rounds containing lead shot in a tough fabric bag to minimise injury."

    - AAP, Minister defends use of beanbag bullets on refugees,, 16 March 2011.

    March 17, 2011

  • That second sentence is especially interesting, given the context.

    March 17, 2011

  • I just love the idea of bullets designed to minimise injury. Of course rubber bullets have been around for ever, but I always thought the same about them.

    I mean if they're so good at minimising injury, why aren't they used by paramedics?

    March 17, 2011

  • I'm just imagining a corps of medieval peacekeepers equipped with rubber flails and duck-down morning stars.

    March 17, 2011

  • If these weren't real, and real disturbing, they ought to be in the Arsenal of Civil Defunse.

    March 17, 2011

  • re: the rubber flails, don't you do that sort of thing chained_bear?

    March 17, 2011

  • The b-b-b alliteration is also a bit children's storybook, unfortunately.

    March 17, 2011