Magazine article Corrections Forum

ARL Researcher Studying Impact of Nonlethal Weapons

Magazine article Corrections Forum

ARL Researcher Studying Impact of Nonlethal Weapons

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Centre Daily Times (PA)

John Kenny, associate director of Penn State's Institute for Emerging Defense Technologies at the Applied Research Laboratory, emphasizes that when a person is shot with a rubber bullet, the impact is painful enough that the person believes he has been shot with a real bullet. He explains that non-lethal weapons, like the rubber bullets, plastic grenades, water cannons, night sticks, or even dogs, are "blunt impact weapons," designed to change an aggressor's behavior through pain, though without either permanent injury or death. Since the technology was originally developed and utilized by law enforcement officials, the military has now adapted and improved on it. To Kenny's research benefactor, the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, non-lethal weapons provide a clear choice between diplomacy and deadly force, says public affairs officer Capt. Shawn Turner. Other benefits include a "precise and reversible means of employing force," and the weapons practicality during missions in densely populated or urban areas. …

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