Rubber bullets—commonly used to disperse riotous crowds in this country and around the world—are the most notorious of the nonlethal weapons that can end up being all too lethal. It is time to recognize that these kinds of weapons have a fatality factor, and understand how to use them properly.
How "nonlethal" are nonlethal weapons? One electrical device seemingly paralyzes by scrambling signals from the motor cortex region of the brain. A low-frequency sound generator reportedly can vibrate internal organs and cause nausea. And a microwave gun may raise body temperature, provoking a debilitating fever. But how do you know they are nonlethal?
Many nonlethal weapons do not always work as intended or advertised, as a panel of medical experts is finding. Some may not incapacitate as claimed. Others could have lethal, or even worse than lethal, consequences. The issue is not about getting rid of nonlethal weapons, but about how to get them to work the way they should. That means making some changes in defense acquisition.
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