This has got to be a late April fools joke or something!
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Are these nuts serious? Human rights activists complaining we've just cut off the BP's jewels and handed them Paintball guns to defend themselves, because paintballs might give the attackers welts?Border agents to use paintball guns to fend off attackers
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10:22 PM Mountain Standard Time on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Border Patrol invests in paintball guns
TUCSON - Some surprising news came from the United States Border Patrol.
The Patrol has purchased 1,000 guns that fire non-lethal paintball or pepper pellets. They have been using the pepper for months but soon paintballs could be unleashed to apparently mark people who attack agents from across the border.
The goal of a target practice session was to hit the white rag at the end of a hall with paintballs. Border Patrol agents may soon use paintballs to defend themselves against smugglers along the border due to an increase in violence.
Surveillance video from an incident last year in El Paso shows a Border Patrol agent retreating after people pelt him with rocks.
Some could argue the same about being hit by a paintball without protective gear.
So using only a helmet for protection, small welt or not, human rights activists say it is a bad idea, even for a line of defense.