Although rubber bullets are a traditionally used method of “non-lethal” crowd control, medical experts have spoken out against their use.
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When fired at close range, the force of impact from rubber bullets can be “similar to [that] of live ammunition,” Michele Heisler, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, told Inverse.
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One issue is the name “rubber” bullet. These projectiles aren’t made entirely of rubber — they often contain a metal interior.