Hilarious "news" story from the Onion.


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FireInCairo
March 17, 2009, 07:16 PM
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/manufacturer_recalls_hollow_point

:D

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2RCO
March 17, 2009, 07:32 PM
I want some of those inferno bullets in .233---Note the .233 boxes..

I found this to be pretty antigun and designed to make responsible gun owners look like bloodthirsty killers.

ants
March 17, 2009, 07:38 PM
It is humorous satire, but nevertheless the intent appears to place gun owners in a negative light: "Many gun owners have said the recall is so frustrating they will no longer use bullets, returning to more low-tech methods like beating victims with spiked clubs or dragging them behind their cars."
Nonetheless, it is still funny stuff.

And only $10.99 for a box of .223!

FireInCairo
March 17, 2009, 07:40 PM
I'm not gonna lie, if I could get a bullet that would start a small fire inside a bad guy's chest cavity, I'd do it.

2RCO
March 17, 2009, 07:44 PM
Fire I don't disagree with that either-- sounds like a great SD round.

I just don't like the picture that's being painted of gunowners.

Lightninstrike
March 17, 2009, 07:48 PM
The piece is so clearly tongue-firmly-in-cheek and over the top satire that I don't see how anyone could take it as a serious portrayal of gun owners. Nonetheless, I am sure some soulless, life-sucking, er, person, will take it out of context. Don't know whether to laugh or cry.

:banghead::banghead::banghead:

PT1911
March 17, 2009, 07:49 PM
that is so stupid and does put guns owners in a negative light.. but it was pretty damn funny...

General Geoff
March 17, 2009, 08:03 PM
I'm not gonna lie, if I could get a bullet that would start a small fire inside a bad guy's chest cavity, I'd do it.

It'd be expensive, but you could probably rig something up with a compacted thermite-powder core that's ignited by a bit of magnesium on impact.. man, talk about incendiary..

catspa
March 17, 2009, 08:03 PM
Did you notice, the labels said 223 but the rounds looked like 9mm? And in the cutaway view, they showed balloon head cases. Stupid media.

Parker

mr.trooper
March 17, 2009, 08:18 PM
It'd be expensive, but you could probably rig something up with a compacted thermite-powder core that's ignited by a bit of magnesium on impact.. man, talk about incendiary..

Wouldn't cost any more than X-treeme shock. :D

Justin
March 17, 2009, 08:19 PM
The Onion is great. From the fantastic motion design to the driving sound track, to the often wrong and inaccurate diagrams to the overly-earnest news anchors, they're easily the best outfit making a mockery of the modern news media.

Sam1911
March 17, 2009, 08:25 PM
The Onion is great.

And the throw-away line at the end about Darfur just about made me spit my iced tea across the room.

I'm of two minds of the damage this has potential to do to our cause, but I'd admit, if we were not living in such charged and sensitive times, we here could probably come up with some quite funny satire of our own sub-culture that would make the Onion's piece seem tame by comparison.

I know I've got a few ideas... :D

-Sam

Buck Snort
March 17, 2009, 11:47 PM
"I found this to be pretty antigun and designed to make responsible gun owners look like bloodthirsty killers."

Ditto.

bensdad
March 18, 2009, 12:01 AM
Anti gun? Yeah.
Funny? Yeah.
Onion? YEAH!!

Last semester I taught current events. Every Thursday I'd throw in an article from the Onion as we reviewed and summarized the day's headlines. Most of the kids (high school) loved it. There were a sad few who never quite "got it."

VirgilCaine
March 18, 2009, 12:07 AM
The Onion rarely fails to please!

That's hilarious, with the Inferno bullet digital model waving his arms and yelling!

I also really like the video they have with "[classified] bill would fund [classified] to deal with the threat of [classified]."

Also, rewatch it, noting the newsline at the bottom--those are hilarious too, but I can only concentrate on one thing at time.

cindynles
March 18, 2009, 12:39 AM
Pause the video and you can read the warning on the box.

"Warning: Will kill you so f****** dead real fast and painful like"

You got to love the attention to detail:D

Dope
March 18, 2009, 12:47 AM
Sounds like an actual DRT or Extreme Shock box slogan!

Dope

Deus Machina
March 18, 2009, 03:08 AM
Yeah, it's anti-gun, but look at the source. The Onion puts everything they cover in a negative light.

Besides, it really was funny, if you relieve yourself of grudges and tinfoil before.

And, what was that line at the end? "If they can't get their bullets, they'll just go back to clubs and knives like everybody else?" Something to that effect.

PTK
March 18, 2009, 03:57 AM
That was awesome for a parody. :D

QuietEarp
March 18, 2009, 04:10 AM
Anyone who got too offended by this needs to lighten up or learn the context. The Onion will make a mockery of pretty much anyone. I think that this was funny and I bet that the people on this board who "got it" did so more than any of the non-gun loving population.

armoredman
March 18, 2009, 06:54 AM
They put a LOT of effort in thier parody stories.

Glockman17366
March 18, 2009, 09:29 AM
I thought it was funny as hell...but I'm sure someone in the anti-rights groups will try to use it as a "real" event.
Onion...well, you've got to realize they satirize damn near everyone sometime or another. This applies to the left or right in politics.

searcher451
March 18, 2009, 10:08 AM
Stumbled on this yesterday when a friend pointed it out, actually thought about posting it, and then thought ... Naw, it's not High Road. We did laugh, however, although the Neutral who found it (understand that he's neither pro-gun nor anti-gun) made the comment that it was quite funny "only if you've never lost a friend or relative to gun violence." I found the perspective interesting.

heron
March 18, 2009, 10:12 AM
Truly amazing production, fully detailed -- and completely twisted. I loved it. It's like the first season of SNL, only better.

I feel sorry for any of you who can't laugh at this.

DocBoCook
March 18, 2009, 10:45 AM
hey, it would cauterize the wound, and limit the mess. Somebody get on developing this! lol

Lucky
March 18, 2009, 10:53 AM
Anyone have a copy of the onion article with the wife taking out a restraining order on her sniper husband?

MT GUNNY
March 18, 2009, 12:49 PM
Does anyone Know if this is a Left Leaning organization? or is strickly Satire!

sarduy
March 18, 2009, 12:55 PM
that's a joke man....

Enginetech88
March 18, 2009, 12:59 PM
After a little research..... Steelhawk is an airsoft company. Makes it that much funnier. http://www.steelhawkairsoft.com/ :D

Kind of Blued
March 18, 2009, 01:03 PM
I can't watch the video with sound right now, but I read every store of every Onion article (printed version anyway). I'm guessing due to their liberal slant that this article is meant to make fun of gun-owners more than it makes fun of the media. If they wanted to do their job correctly, i.e. "mainstream media satire", they would have ran some sort of "Local Man Found to Possess Huge Weapons Cache and Bunker Full of Ammunition".

The weapons cache would be a .22LR rifle and a handgun, the bunker his finished basement, and the ammunition would be one box of each caliber.

Of course, you can't really make fun of the media if you don't write stories that are dumber or more ridiculous than ACTUAL news stories, can you?

Pulse
March 18, 2009, 01:21 PM
it is the Onion, it is there job to be against all and everything out there, that includes gunowners.
and it is still funy as hell.

Anyone have a copy of the onion article with the wife taking out a restraining order on her sniper husband?

Former Marine Sniper Slapped With 3,000-Yard Restraining Order

MACON, GA—Citing Emily Holman's right to feel safe traversing vast open spaces, especially when within visual range of clock towers, parking structures, and tall buildings, a judge awarded the 28-year-old a 3,000-yard restraining order yesterday against her former boyfriend, retired Marine sniper Gordon Lee Blackwood. "When we broke up he started calling me 10 times a day from his job," said Holman, who realized Blackwood's office building, which had an open, flat roof, was only 1,800 yards away. "He had me flinching every time I saw sunlight glinting off any surface within two and a half miles." Blackwood would not comment on the judge's decision, saying only that he still loved Holman and was trying to understand the distance and crosswinds that separated them.

DesmoDucRob
March 18, 2009, 01:34 PM
Eh... I don't take offense to it. It reminds me of some of the BS that my more experienced (read old) pro-2A buddies say to the kind of guys who want a gun, because they saw one in a video game.

mcwjr13
March 18, 2009, 01:42 PM
Humorous that they used Jim Pruett's shop in the background of one of the shots. His shops tagline is "Your Anti - Terrorist Headquarters".

http://www.jimpruett.net/

Justin
March 18, 2009, 01:44 PM
They've made fun of antis before.

Peace Activist Has To Admit Barrett .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle Is Pretty Cool (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28181)

Regardless, The Onion has always been about the satire first and foremost. It's what makes them funny, even when they're goring my sacred cow.

1KPerDay
March 18, 2009, 01:53 PM
Hilarious. "The lung-shreddingest bullets on the market."
LOLOLOL :D

Lewis130
March 18, 2009, 01:55 PM
I was starting to get a little offended by this, but I laugh whenever they unfairly take the piss out of any other group, so I can't rightly complain when the tables are turned.
...the complaint came from a man who shot his brother and said he was dissapointed the victim's face remained more or less intact

Matt-J2
March 18, 2009, 02:03 PM
Thanks for the link, Justin. :) Just one more reason to read the Onion. The last line clinches it. :D

maksim
March 18, 2009, 02:41 PM
hehe, awesome. And it was a local plug for a NJ Range, the Bullet Hole in Belleville, NJ

catspa
March 18, 2009, 02:45 PM
KOB:Of course, you can't really make fun of the media if you don't write stories that are dumber or more ridiculous than ACTUAL news stories, can you?

That right there is a tough job.

Parker

Landor
March 18, 2009, 04:06 PM
I was going to pick up one of them there .233 rifles but I could not find one in stock. They kept wanting to sell me a .223. But I want a .233. Every gun shop I called just laughed at me. Go figure. When I asked them about the SteelHawk recall. They just laughed some more.

LightningJoe
March 18, 2009, 04:12 PM
I like the way the entire cartridge flies through the air and hits the guy in the animation.

malblackbelt
March 18, 2009, 04:18 PM
MACON, GAŚCiting Emily Holman's right to feel safe traversing vast open spaces, especially when within visual range of clock towers, parking structures, and tall buildings, a judge awarded the 28-year-old a 3,000-yard restraining order yesterday against her former boyfriend, retired Marine sniper Gordon Lee Blackwood. "When we broke up he started calling me 10 times a day from his job," said Holman, who realized Blackwood's office building, which had an open, flat roof, was only 1,800 yards away. "He had me flinching every time I saw sunlight glinting off any surface within two and a half miles." Blackwood would not comment on the judge's decision, saying only that he still loved Holman and was trying to understand the distance and crosswinds that separated them.


I could not stop laughing when I read the end line "trying to understand the distance and crosswinds that separated us" :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Lucky
March 18, 2009, 04:29 PM
lol ya thx pulse, I'll save it this time.

Rezin
March 18, 2009, 04:31 PM
"I found this to be pretty antigun and designed to make responsible gun owners look like bloodthirsty killers."

Yup, it sure did.....

....& I laughed my @$$ off!

rogertc1
March 18, 2009, 05:16 PM
The Onion is BS Satire that tends to swing to the Left. Believer it or not some people believe it is the truth.

lanternlad1
March 18, 2009, 07:11 PM
The Onion is great. Even the Chinese believed them.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2002/06/08/MN129538.DTL

(06-08) 04:00 PDT Beijing -- An embarrassing gaffe by China's usually staid state-run media has left a popular newspaper with onion on its face.

Readers of the Beijing Evening News, the capital's largest-circulation newspaper, learned this week that the U.S. Congress had threatened to move out of Washington unless a fancy new Capitol was built.

"If we want to stay competitive, we need to upgrade," House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, a Missouri Democrat, was quoted as saying. "Look at the British Parliament. Look at the Vatican. . . . Without modern facilities, they've been having big problems attracting top talent."

If a new building with more bathrooms and better parking wasn't erected, the article said, then U.S. lawmakers were prepared to pack up and move to Memphis, or Charlotte, N.C.

The story seems newsworthy enough. Trouble is, it was lifted straight from the Onion, the satirical "news" publication based in New York that has caused countless American readers to double over with laughter at its weekly spoofs on current events.

Its story on the Capitol appeared in its May 29 edition, alongside such headlines as "Sexual Tension Between Arafat, Sharon Reaches Breaking Point" and "Man Blames Hangover on Everything But How Much He Drank."

A writer for the Beijing Evening News apparently picked up the item from the Internet, reworked the opening paragraphs and submitted it to his editors, who then published it as a straight news story, without citing a source.

Yu Bin, the editor in charge of international news, acknowledged Thursday that he had no idea where the writer, Huang Ke, originally got the story. Yu said he would tell Huang to be more careful next time.

But he adamantly ruled out a correction and grew slightly obstreperous when pressed to comment on the article's lack of truth.

"How do you know whether or not we checked the source before we published the story?" Yu demanded in a phone interview. "How can you prove it's not correct?"

For the record, an aide to Gephardt said the congressman never made the remarks attributed to him.

And John Feehery, the spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, said his boss never called the Capitol a "drafty old building . . . no longer suitable for a world-class legislative branch," as the Onion and the Beijing Evening News reported.

"He likes the Capitol just fine," Feehery said.

The Onion parody featured an architect's rendering of a proposed futuristic Capitol complete with a retractable dome, a "Dancing Waters fountain" and "55 more luxury boxes than the current building." The Evening News reproduced the entire illustration without crediting the Onion. There wasn't even a caption explaining what the drawing was.

Robert Siegel, editor-in-chief of the Onion, which bills itself as "America's finest news source," said he was amazed at the Evening News' gullibility.

"Wow, even journalists now believe everything they read," Siegel said from his home in New York. "If I were a reporter in Beijing and found an item like that . . . I might want to follow up and check my sources. Readers fall for that kind of thing all the time, and maybe I was naive, but I thought reporters would be smarter."

Though still under the thumb of the government, the media in China have become more freewheeling in recent years and also more competitive, forced to duke it out for market share and turn a profit.

Chinese readers have more options to choose from than ever before, including the Internet, and are no longer captive to such hoary publications as the Communist Party's flagship, the People's Daily.

The Beijing Evening News, which boasts a circulation of about 1 million, is fighting off challenges from a raft of other newspapers and magazines.

Many papers now rely on contract freelancers to provide all sorts of content, including international news. This has given rise to a slew of young, Internet-savvy, English-speaking writers who freely lift stuff from the Web and submit it to editors who adopt a "don't ask, don't tell" attitude toward the material's origins.

Huang couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. He or she -- the name is androgynous and most likely a pseudonym -- appears not to be one of the paper's longtime contributors. An electronic archive search on the paper's Web site yielded Huang's byline on only two stories in the last two years.

Both appeared in Monday's edition. One was the Onion rip-off. The other, on the same page, was a longer investigative piece about the lack of security screening for most private charter flights in the United States.

But a little checking showed that this story, too, was cribbed: It was a direct translation of a front-page article from Sunday's Washington Post.

cmccmc
March 18, 2009, 08:23 PM
I <3 the Onion.

flynlr
March 19, 2009, 05:57 AM
read the scroll on the bottom ..

i LOL'd
http://www.njrod.com/images/hollow_iran.jpg

Carlos Cabeza
March 19, 2009, 03:06 PM
Quote :

If I wanted to kill someone without completely destroying the body
I'd use.................... a hammer !:D:D CLASSIC !

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