This whole "Crime in Mexico" thing has got ignoramises in the Media talking about a special kind of bullet that Drug Cartels are buying freely in the US and smuggling into Mexico. Magic Cop Killer bullets
It's a Magic Bullet! It hunts down blue uniforms that are covering a bullet resistant vest. The bullet then grabs the Law Enforcement Officer by the collar and slaps his face a bunch of times until said cop calls the bullet "Mommy." Satisfied the police officer is sufficiently humiliated, it then backs up a few feet and goes through the kevlar armor as though it were tissue paper and seeks out the heart. It then bits down on the aorta until the unmanned peace officer expires. Another tragedy that could have been averted if we only had more laws. Like one against murdering people.
It's Cod Swallop!
It's hype. It's a new thing and people are believing the marketing people.
The specific bullet is the FN 5.7x28 bullet. Not so special really. It's a glorified .22 Hornet or Spitfire, and that has been around since my father was young. It's just a teeny tiny rifle round being fired out of on specific FiveseveN pistol and FN's sub machine guns and pistols like this:
Here is a picture of the bullet next to the already tiny (but more effective) .223 round fired out of most US Military rifles:
There is nothing magical about the cartridge. It's just pistol size with a spitzer bullet. Spitzer, in layman's (or idiot Media) terms means 'pointy'.
Here it is again next to pistol, rifle and shotgun ammo. The misnamed Cop-Killer bullet is the blue tip one. The bullet to it's left is what I practiced with this week out of the 1911. On the far left is the famous Euro Pellet. The Wonder Nine. The 9mm that many eschew as underpowered today, but in it's heyday it was assigned magical propeties of death and destruction.
The BIGGEST brass bullet is a .300 Wincester Magnum, and the other big things are shotgun shells.
The DO make a Armor Piercing (AP) variety of the 5.7. The SS190 Duty Round. It has a hard core. But you can harden many type of Spitzer (pointy!) bullets. In WWII the famous BAR often and routinely loaded loaded with steel tipped .30-06. Now THAT would go through body armor! It's hard to get .30-06 today, if at all. It's harder to get this new Cop-Killer bullet in armor piercing variety. It is not for sale to civilians. If Mexican Drug Cartels are getting their hands on them in the US they are either buying them from crooked US cops, or stealing from same. Not from gun dealers or gun shows.
It's is Class III. IF a regular Joe like me wanted to get it I'd have to go through a huge expensive rigmarol with fingerprints and pictures and forms and waiting a coupla months. And the ATF might wonder if I was getting a bunch of em. They might keep an eye on me, see if I am making contact with known smugglers, that sort of thing.
It'd be easier to just steal them from the Secret Service armory, than to buy AP rounds.