This dangerous practice is becoming a deadly issue right in front of our eyes
According to the Gun Violence Archive, nearly 95 percent of gun-related incidents and injuries occurred on July 4th, December 1st, and January 1st.
The practice of shooting bullets up in the sky is what we define as celebratory gunfire is not new, but it carries a huge weight. Why? Because what goes up will eventually come down.
What’s wrong with celebratory gunfire?
Many countries in the world practice celebratory gunfire, and some areas of the US are no exception. In the state of commemoration of something new and exciting, people forget how dangerous a falling bullet can be. In the spur of the moment, we may shoot a firearm into the air, but we don’t know where it will land, how fast it will move, or how long it will take for it to hit the ground.
All of that requires calculations, and there are many variables that can affect the bullet trajectory, especially when it’s fired vertically. From air resistance, gravity, and angle of firing to the shape and size of the bullet, every little thing determines how far it will travel and how much damage it can do.
Does the type of bullet matter?
People assume that the dangers are less if the ammunition type is less powerful. Data proves otherwise. We now know that no matter which kind of gun you use or what angle, it always returns to earth with the potential to be highly lethal.
When ammunition experts tested different bullets in a simulation to determine their dangers, it turned out that all ammunition types and angles move fast enough to easily puncture the human skill, except the .22 LR at precisely 45 degrees.
The data showed that these bullets travel farther from where they are fired and almost always injure or kill innocent bystanders.
Consequently, celebratory gunfire is dangerous in all situations, public places, and urban and rural areas.
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