The police in the Philippines are apparently taking away their officer’s guns, and issuing them whistles instead.
“We’re trying to go back to the basics. We’ll be training our police officers to blow whistles instead of firing their handguns in the air to stop crime,” he said.
What you have there is a training issue. Any idiots remotely conversant with the laws of physics should know that things that go up in the air come down – and with bullets they often come down with some force.
A bullet fired straight up at a 90 degree angle is not going to return to earth with enough velocity to kill – this is because it accelerates straight up, then eventually stops, and reverses it’s fall, accelerating only to its terminal velocity on the return flight.
However, a projectile fired in the air at any kind of angle is going to fly in a parabola, and will likely retain enough energy to kill or injure. This is why it’s just a stupid idea to shoot guns in the air – that bullet has to come down somewhere.
I think it’s funny that cops are losing their guns and getting whistles – but at the same time it’s kind of sad that their cops aren’t trained enough to know better than to shoot their firearms in the air.