This is a discussion on Falling bullets and golden bras.... (Merged) within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; The show actually showed if it was fired perfectly straight up it wouldn't kill someone, but they also stated that if the shooting angle is ...
The show actually showed if it was fired perfectly straight up it wouldn't kill someone, but they also stated that if the shooting angle is as little as five degrees less than perfectly straight up it could still have a fatal trajectory.
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton
Stronger Than a Falling Bullet: Woman's Bra Softens Bullet's Blow
Saturday, January 06, 2007
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — One woman discovered on New Year's Eve that her bra could do more than lift and support when a falling bullet was halted by the bra strap on her left shoulder.
Debbie Bingham, 46, an Atlanta resident visiting family in St. Petersburg, said her gold-colored bra slowed the falling bullet during the holiday celebrations.
Her injuries may have been much more severe had it not been for her bra strap, said George Kajtsa, spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Bingham says she was outside with her daughter and son, ringing in the New Year and viewing the local fireworks display when she felt a sharp pain in her left shoulder at 11:40 p.m.
It was Bingham's daughter, Solanda Bingham, 30, who first noticed the blood seeping through her mother's white shirt.
"We were sitting at the picnic table and listening to music and my mom said, 'Ow,"' the daughter said.
The daughter said she looked over and saw the blood and shouted "My mother's been shot. My mother's been shot."
The bullet was halfway inside of Bingham's bra, and the other half barely breaking the skin, Bingham later told WTSP-TV.
Someone had fired a gun into the air and as the .45-caliber bullet fell back to earth, Bingham was struck. Kajtsa described the wound as a "big scratch with bruising."
Bingham was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where she was given five stitches. The bullet was lodged in the bra strap and was cut out by doctors.
St. Petersburg police are still searching for the shooter to determine if Bingham was the target of the gunfire or if she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, Kajtsa said.
Shooting a weapon inside the city limits is a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to one year in jail, Kajtsa said.
As for Bingham, she said she is just thankful for her bra.
"It was a very cheap bra. It wasn't very expensive, and I'd love to have a couple more of those bras," she told WTSP.
"Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual change; but this change is not [an improvement]. For everything that is given, something is taken."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
mass times velocity squared (Straight up and down is max terminal velocity 32 ft per sec)
"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking" - George S. Patton.
I guess there is a good reason for the bra.
"Hell of a thing, killin' a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have."
- William Munny (Clint Eastwood in the Unfrogivin)
“The graveyards are full of indispensable men.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“My Idea of a fair fight is beating baby seals with a club”
It would take a unique set of circumstances for a bullet to kill someone simply by falling down...it doesn't matter if it was shot out of a gun, gravity plays it's effects, the bullet stops momentarily, then begins to fall back down. IF it went high enough, it will fall at terminal velocity, it cannot fall faster then that.
To read more on terminal velocity, click here:
Will it hurt? Yes. Will it bruise, possible cut the skin? More than likely. Will it kill you? More than likely not.