That pic up there was sent in today by a Cactus Hugs reader asking if we could please ask that anyone planning on firing a bullet or two in the air to celebrate New Year’s Eve tonight consider not doing that, as repairing a damaged car hood is bad enough and thank God it was a vehicle and not someone’s head.
Look, New Year’s Eve is shitty enough without getting injured or having your property damaged by someone shooting randomly in the air.
A bullet fired into the air has the ability to climb a full two miles into the air and remain in flight for over a minute, according to researchers. On its way down. the bullet reaches a velocity of 300 to 700 feet per second. That’s much more than the velocity of 200 feet per second that it takes to penetrate the human skull. So yeah, you could literally murder someone by doing it.
So here are some things you can do instead when the clock strikes midnight:
- Have a cheers and enjoy your favorite beverage.
- Kiss a loved one.
- Literally anything that isn’t firing a gun in the air.
Thanks in advance and have a safe and Happy New Year, everyone!