Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Another senseless gun death.

Arquebus locks would have prevented this tragedy. (Then the guy could have been, like, stabbed or something romantic, rather than killed by a nasty old gun.)

(Via Unc.)

8 comments:

Gregg said...

Since when are war casualties referred to as "gunshot victims" ?

It was a war of conquest, which I admit is frowned upon in modern days by many in the iuntelligentsia. However, as is stressed in EVERY high level history course "We can not judge the actions of people in the past by the standards of our time!"

TO those nimrods squealing that there is no liberal bias, THIS IS THAT LIBERAL BIAS.

OTOH, I was under the impression that lead was used as the projectile of choice for matchlocks. Yes, I know that iron projectiles were utilised in cannon but I thought that had gone out of vogue in handheld weapons by the late 15th century.

If my surmise is correct, then what evidence is there taht shows that this was not a good solid pike hit? Yes I know it would take a lot of force to shove a pike through some poor saps head, but round hole, miniscule traces of iron say crossbow bolt or pike to me, not gun.

Ben said...

Humor. It is a difficult concept.

BobG said...

I guess that means the Brady Bunch will be sending out letters asking for a donation; I'm sure this will go into their stats.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, instead of nice clean headshot he'd have been gutted with a large dull knife, or beaten witha blunt object and left to die of shock or bloodloss...or until someone got tired of hearing him moaning and screaming and sliced his throat open.

Pre-firearms warfare was brutal & nasty & very dangerous.

phlegmfatale said...

...or maybe they practiced extreme trepanning, oui?

I would have linked it just for the guy named Guillermo Cock, alone.

comatus said...

ben, I don't get it. Do you mean the article is meant as a joke?

gregg, you get the CSI award. I read right past the iron bit. Those must have been Spanish iron-core AP rounds. So where is the lead residue? Wouldn't we expect that to adhere to bone better than ferrous metal?

Maybe the holes were just to let the evil spirits out.

Tam said...

Iron was used for arquebus balls alongside lead almost all the way through the 1500's, especially on expeditions "far foreign".

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, ok I thought the practice had waned by about 1500, Thanks Tam.