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Cell phone blocks stray bullet, saves man's life
St. Tammany News ^ | 11/19/08 | Matthew Penix

Posted on 11/22/2008 5:11:25 AM PST by jalisco555

Driving his John Deere tractor Saturday, Richard was suddenly thumped with a pain “like a hard punch jumped up” and bit him in the heart.

He bent over and grasped his sweater. Then he took it off to get a closer look. A .45-caliber bullet casing tumbled out, clattered onto the tractor and fell on the ground.

He’d just been shot.

It was a stray bullet, and it tore through his sweater, leaving a 1/2-inch hole, where it entered into the top center pocket of his coveralls and hit his cell phone.

The bullet, coming in at a 45-degree angle, busted the phone in two, but the impact halted its trajectory just enough to save Richard’s life

“It’s a miracle,” he said Tuesday. “Normally I put the phone in my inside pocket, but for some reason that day was different. Now I know why.”

(Excerpt) Read more at thesttammanynews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: banglist; bullet; cellphones; luck
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The story is a couple of days old but I did a search and didn't see it posted. In the old days it was Bibles, now it's cell phones.
1 posted on 11/22/2008 5:11:25 AM PST by jalisco555
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To: jalisco555
The story is a couple of days old but I did a search and didn't see it posted. In the old days it was Bibles, now it's cell phones.

The story makes no sense. If he was hit by a bullet the casing wouldn't be there. It would still be in the gun or on the ground near the shooter. Casings don't travel with the bullet.

2 posted on 11/22/2008 5:14:09 AM PST by bcsco (Liberals don't understand, it's impossible to pick up a turd-like Obama-by the clean end...)
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To: bcsco

I think the problem is the ignorance of the reporter. Of course the bullet hit the phone, not the casing. The reporter probably doesn’t know the difference. I was tempted to edit the story before posting.


3 posted on 11/22/2008 5:16:56 AM PST by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: bcsco

Maybe he ment the bullet jacket


4 posted on 11/22/2008 5:17:07 AM PST by TLEIBY308 (Keep yer powder dry and watch yer top Knot.)
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To: bcsco

I think it was the bullet itself that fell down, but the journalist probably has never even seen a gun so is ignorant on the topic.

However, I must forward this to Mythbusters! They love this kind of stuff. I think they already did a cell phone saves guy from gun shot when they did the deck of cards and bible.


5 posted on 11/22/2008 5:17:31 AM PST by autumnraine (Churchill: " we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender")
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To: jalisco555
In the old days it was Bibles, now it's cell phones.

LOL!!! Either way, it is God talking!

When my oldest daughter was in college a couple of years ago, she was at a friend's apartment. At 1:30am she decided it was time to begin her half hour walk back to her home. The girl she was with begged her to stay and spend the night. My daughter said no because she prefers her own bed and gave an excuse. Her friend countered with a solution and in fact, for each excuse for not staying that my daughter gave, her friend had a solution. Finally, my daughter relented.

She went home in the morning and discovered that there was a murder at 2 AM in the parking lot of her apartment, right on the path my daughter would have taken. My daughter could have been the victim!

6 posted on 11/22/2008 5:18:30 AM PST by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: bcsco

Don’t you just love reporters. It was a double barreled, over and under, fully automatic assault shot gun with a 30 round clip, don’t ‘cha know!


7 posted on 11/22/2008 5:18:53 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: jalisco555
I was tempted to edit the story before posting.

I'm sure it was the reporter. Changing the story is a no-no, however. Let it stand. Let we readers see the ignorance that's out there in MSM land.

8 posted on 11/22/2008 5:19:01 AM PST by bcsco (Liberals don't understand, it's impossible to pick up a turd-like Obama-by the clean end...)
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To: mlocher
Woody Allen used to tell this joke 45 years ago:

Years ago, my mother gave me a bullet...a bullet, and I put it in my breast pocket. Two years after that, I was walking down the street, when a berserk evangelist heaved a Gideon bible out a hotel room window, hitting me in the chest. Bible would have gone through my heart if it wasn't for the bullet.

9 posted on 11/22/2008 5:19:49 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: bcsco
I'm sure it was the reporter. Changing the story is a no-no, however. Let it stand. Let we readers see the ignorance that's out there in MSM land.

Yeah, kind of a twofer. A wierd story and an illustration of MSM cluelessness at the same time.

10 posted on 11/22/2008 5:22:08 AM PST by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: 70th Division
Don’t you just love reporters. It was a double barreled, over and under, fully automatic assault shot gun with a 30 round clip, don’t ‘cha know!

It was a fully automatic assault shotgun with a 30 round clip of .357 magnums. Reporters need to get all the facts in the article...

11 posted on 11/22/2008 5:23:05 AM PST by bcsco (Liberals don't understand, it's impossible to pick up a turd-like Obama-by the clean end...)
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To: 70th Division

If it was a 0.45 it musta been a Tommy Gun. BTW, what are the odds it was a "stray". Maybe the headline should have read, "Cell Phone Blocks Well Aimed Shot, Saves Man's Life for Now"? I don't know whom he pist off, but I think he should be wearing a steel pot and flak jacket and not depend on "the network".

12 posted on 11/22/2008 5:26:59 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans.)
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To: jalisco555

I saw this on tv. The slug looked to me, like a slug used in a muzzle loader.


13 posted on 11/22/2008 5:28:27 AM PST by dis.kevin
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To: jalisco555

The bullet must have been mostly spent if a cellphone stopped it. I don’t think those little plastic boxes have nearly the stopping power of a pocket bible.


14 posted on 11/22/2008 5:29:46 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: billorites
Woody Allen used to tell this joke 45 years ago:

LOL!!! -- Great joke!

15 posted on 11/22/2008 5:30:47 AM PST by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: dis.kevin
“I saw this on tv. The slug looked to me, like a slug used in a muzzle loader.”

If it hit at a 45 degree angle, and the cell phone stopped it, it likely would not have killed him, but only wounded him. Of course, we can not be certain about these things.
16 posted on 11/22/2008 5:34:42 AM PST by marktwain
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To: bcsco

Reporter screwed up... this was real and it happened... was on local news two nights ago.

LLS


17 posted on 11/22/2008 5:38:07 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (GOD, Country, Family... except when it comes to dims! I am an UMA-unity my a$$)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
The bullet must have been mostly spent if a cellphone stopped it. I don’t think those little plastic boxes have nearly the stopping power of a pocket bible.

Even a nearly spent bullet can do a lot of damage.

18 posted on 11/22/2008 5:48:38 AM PST by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: jalisco555

I’m sure of that...expecially if it hits you in the head or neck somewhere, like the eye, ear or even side of your head.


19 posted on 11/22/2008 5:51:30 AM PST by rlmorel ("A barrel of monkeys is not fun. In fact, a barrel of monkeys can be quite terrifying!")
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To: bcsco

Ya. And they don’t EVEN know which end of the barrel the round comes out of.


20 posted on 11/22/2008 5:52:07 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: jalisco555
President Teddy Roosevelt was shot at close range by an assassin. The bullet was slowed down by an eyeglass case and the speech that he was preparing to give which was folded and contained in his breast pocket. The bullet broke his skin but did only minor damage. The bullet was removed and he delivered the speech!

One heck of a Prez!

21 posted on 11/22/2008 5:53:08 AM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: rlmorel

Lots of structures beside the heart in the chest and upper abdomen that can cause someone to quickly bleed to death if struck by a bullet. Bullet wounds are terrible. Back in my old ER days we would much rather have a stabbing victim than a gunshot victim.


22 posted on 11/22/2008 5:54:19 AM PST by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Young Werther
One heck of a Prez!

You got that right!

23 posted on 11/22/2008 5:55:07 AM PST by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: billorites

one time, in band camp...


24 posted on 11/22/2008 6:03:26 AM PST by The Brush
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To: jalisco555
A .45-caliber bullet casing tumbled out, clattered onto the tractor and fell on the ground.

Does any reporter any where have a clue about firearms and ammunition and how they actually work?

25 posted on 11/22/2008 6:05:53 AM PST by calex59
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To: calex59
Does any reporter any where have a clue about firearms and ammunition and how they actually work?

LOL! Other than Ollie North, no.

26 posted on 11/22/2008 6:09:17 AM PST by TADSLOS (McCain Courted Socialism and Brought Us Marxism Instead)
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To: marktwain
I have seen bullets do things I have never mentioned to anyone else because I am not sure I believed it myself. Back in the day we used to try and skip bullets across a lake like rocks. Let's just say magic could be involved and physics suspended for that moment.
27 posted on 11/22/2008 6:09:29 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit.)
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To: jalisco555
In the old days it was Bibles, now it's cell phones.

Kinda reminds me of an old movie with James Garner called "Support your Local Sheriff". The last sheriff had been killed and they offer the job to James Garner and hand him a badge that was dented by a bullet. Says the new sheriff "Looks like this badge saved the man's life!". The Mayor says, "It sure enough would have if it hadn't been for all those other bullets flying in from everywhere!".

Guess this farmer was lucky many other "casings"(can reporters be any dumber)weren't flying in from everywhere.

28 posted on 11/22/2008 6:10:31 AM PST by calex59
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To: mad_as_he$$
I have seen bullets do things I have never mentioned to anyone else because I am not sure I believed it myself. Back in the day we used to try and skip bullets across a lake like rocks. Let's just say magic could be involved and physics suspended for that moment.

It is well known that bullets will ricochet off of water. It is one of the basic tenets of gun safety not to target practice by shooting at objects in the water, such as floating cans, sticks etc. Bullets will also do weird things when hitting trees like fly straight back at the shooter.

29 posted on 11/22/2008 6:19:42 AM PST by calex59
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To: calex59
It is well known that bullets will ricochet off of water. It is one of the basic tenets of gun safety not to target practice by shooting at objects in the water, such as floating cans, sticks etc. Bullets will also do weird things when hitting trees like fly straight back at the shooter.

They can also travel much, much farther than a lot of people realize.

30 posted on 11/22/2008 6:23:29 AM PST by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: calex59

OOps I forgot the kiddies might be reading this!!! My cousin was shooting a coke cans one day and set some up on the frame of an old truck. He missed and hit the frame with his 22. They bullet came back and hit him smack in the middle of the forehead. Now it was flattened out to a small dime size but left him with one hell of a red spot. He quit putting stuff on metal to shoot at. DUH!


31 posted on 11/22/2008 6:32:23 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit.)
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To: jalisco555
I think it is bunk.

.45’s don't travel far. Very heavy, very slow moving. One of the slowest moving round. Think the shot put of pistol rounds.

Anyways, say it came out of a long barrel. I'm not sure it would be much faster than a 4 inch pistol barrel as the powder isn't that much.

Supposedly he was hit at 45 degrees. I have doubts as to how he would know that.

What are the odds, that someone is pointing a .45 in the air at 45 degrees, and outside of a war zone full of .45 caliber weapons, it hits a guy? Anywhere?

This is a tall tale. A bored rural guy, getting his name in the paper.

32 posted on 11/22/2008 6:32:35 AM PST by Leisler ("Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever. " Lenin)
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To: jalisco555
A .45-caliber bullet casing tumbled out, clattered onto the tractor and fell on the ground.

It is my understanding that a casing is what is left after the bullet is fired. So does this mean the guy shot himself?

33 posted on 11/22/2008 6:38:43 AM PST by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: jalisco555
He was hit with a casing?
34 posted on 11/22/2008 6:40:27 AM PST by expatpat
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To: jalisco555

He was shot by a bullet CASING?


35 posted on 11/22/2008 6:40:44 AM PST by cake_crumb (Waiting for Dear Leader Obama to drop sea levels and heal Earth.)
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To: Dustbunny
It is my understanding that a casing is what is left after the bullet is fired. So does this mean the guy shot himself?

No, it means the reporter knows nothing about firearms.

36 posted on 11/22/2008 6:40:48 AM PST by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: jalisco555

Did it auto-dial 911?


37 posted on 11/22/2008 6:50:28 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Stop feeding Leftist education systems. Don't let your kids go there.)
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To: jalisco555; Dustbunny

It MEANS that the reporter had no business writing this article to begin with.


38 posted on 11/22/2008 7:08:01 AM PST by cake_crumb (Waiting for Dear Leader Obama to drop sea levels and heal Earth.)
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To: jalisco555

39 posted on 11/22/2008 7:14:35 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Leisler
Could be a .45 Long Colt - bullet's a little heavier than the standard for a .45 ACP, but after it's smacked a cell phone it might be a little difficult to tell.

The real problem is that the reporter is so ignorant that if ANY of the facts are correct, it's just dumb luck.

40 posted on 11/22/2008 7:14:41 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: 70th Division

where can I buy one of those?


41 posted on 11/22/2008 7:22:47 AM PST by coon2000
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To: dis.kevin
I saw this on tv. The slug looked to me, like a slug used in a muzzle loader

I saw that too. The phone had a dent in it, it wasn't broken. The bullet was a .45 FMJ. Some idiot was probably shooting at cans a mile away and a ricochet flew away. Full jackets skip off of anything and just keep going.

42 posted on 11/22/2008 7:24:33 AM PST by Seven plus One
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To: coon2000
It is the high tech 21st Century version of the badge that saved the sheriff’s life.
43 posted on 11/22/2008 7:26:11 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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Ah, very good. I had fixed on 1911’s type 45.

Still though a Long Colt would be a leaver action. Now we are kind of, maybe, in that someone was aiming at the guy. Still, unusual round found in old style rifles.

It's possible, but it would have to be an aimed shot.

We are still back to someone, not to far away, in a rural area, cracks a few off into the yonder and gets a guy in a tractor, in his cell phone.

Possible.

I still have my money, which is zero, on the set up square.

44 posted on 11/22/2008 7:45:44 AM PST by Leisler ("Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever. " Lenin)
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To: jalisco555

Quite right that you shouldn’t edit a story. If you like, you can put corrections or “sic” in square brackets, or add a comment.

Yes, almost anything could have happened, since this reporter is evidently clueless. Was it .45 caliber? Maybe, or maybe just a good-sized slug.

Someone mentioned a muzzle loader, and that’s possible. Some states have complicated hunting laws, with weeks set aside for bow and arrow hunting and weeks set aside for muzzle loaded hunting, as well as the regular season.

It must have been just about spent when it hit the cell phone, or I wouldn’t think something as thin as that would have stopped it. Most cell phones are plastic or very thin bits of metal.


45 posted on 11/22/2008 8:35:32 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Leisler

I used to deer hunt with a .45-70. I have two, a trap door Springfield and an 1886 Winchester. The Winchester can use heavier loads, putting a 300 grain Hornady out at about 2,100 fps. The trap door is limited to lighter loads, about 1500 fps for the 300 grain load.

For comparison a .45 ACP pistol is commonly loaded with a 230 grain which comes out at about 850 fps.

I like the trap door — something about the long barrel and the “one shot, so make it count” appeals to me.


46 posted on 11/22/2008 9:33:22 AM PST by Wisconsin
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To: mlocher

Is it reasonable to assume that your daughter became a lot more safety conscious after that?


47 posted on 11/22/2008 10:27:40 AM PST by B4Ranch (("In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." FDR)
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To: B4Ranch
Is it reasonable to assume that your daughter became a lot more safety conscious after that?

Oh yeah....

48 posted on 11/22/2008 10:55:20 AM PST by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: jalisco555

The casing doesn’t travel with the bullet.

Idiot reporter


49 posted on 11/22/2008 3:08:32 PM PST by wastedyears (Every FReeper is on Obama's Black List. He will try to have us all "taken care of." Mark my words)
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To: calex59

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhysoS2DC8M

Or you could fire a .50 at a steel plate, only to have it ricochet right back at you, knocking off and destroying your ear muffs.


50 posted on 11/22/2008 3:21:50 PM PST by wastedyears (Every FReeper is on Obama's Black List. He will try to have us all "taken care of." Mark my words)
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