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Jihawg Ammo is becoming famous for their pork-infused bullet, which has caused controversy due to questions of religious intolerance and bigotry. Jihawg Ammo is becoming famous for their pork-infused bullet, which has caused controversy due to questions of religious intolerance and bigotry.
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Jihawg Ammo is becoming famous for their pork-infused bullet, which has caused controversy due to questions of religious intolerance and bigotry.

Jihawg Ammo gained national attention over the summer as media outlets around the country discovered the controversial bullet manufacturer. Today, KHQ spoke with one of the owners of Jihawg to find out where they got the information that justified the creation of those bullets.

Brendon Hill, Jihawg's co-owner, has never fought in the military, but he says the testimonials of his friends and family that served overseas were the foundation of his pork-infused bullets.

"To me it's just ammunition with a little pink on it," Hill said. "But to them, to some of them, it might mean something else."

The pink paint is a pork-infused coating that lines each bullet Jihawg sells. Jihawg sold their first box of ammunition in May. Hill said since then they have sold close to six figures worth of products.

Hill says the pork-infused bullets are meant to prevent violence, because the threat of becoming "unclean" would deter a violent act by a Muslim terrorist.

"What we decided to do was look at how do radical islamists treat pork," Hill said. "We realized yes, they change their behavior based on the presence of a pig."

But some say Hill's understanding of Islam is inaccurate. Father Patrick Baraza is an ordained Catholic Priest and a lecturer of Islamic Studies at Gonzaga University. He says that knowingly consuming pork is a sin in Islam, but a pork-infused bullet is no different from an ordinary one.

"Somebody somewhere is manipulating the Muslim," Baraza said. "And that has no effect whatsoever, because manipulation is an attack."

Baraza told me the bullets reflect a large anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States.

"That is going too far," he said. "It doesn't make any sense."

"A big part of the product is the message," Hill said.

But the questions becomes whether that is a message of security or hate.

Brendon Hill, Jihawg's co-owner, has never fought in the military, but he says the testimonials of his friends and family that served overseas were the foundation of his pork-infused bullets.

"To me it's just ammunition with a little pink on it," Hill said. "But to them, to some of them, it might mean something else."

The pink paint is a pork-infused coating that lines each bullet Jihawg sells. Jihawg sold their first box of ammunition in May. Hill said since then they have sold close to six figures worth of products.

Hill says the pork-infused bullets are meant to prevent violence, because the threat of becoming "unclean" would deter a violent act by a Muslim terrorist.

"What we decided to do was look at how do radical islamists treat pork," Hill said. "We realized yes, they change their behavior based on the presence of a pig."

But some say Hill's understanding of Islam is inaccurate. Father Patrick Baraza is an ordained Catholic Priest and a lecturer of Islamic Studies at Gonzaga University. He says that knowingly consuming pork is a sin in Islam, but a pork-infused bullet is no different from an ordinary one.

"Somebody somewhere is manipulating the Muslim," Baraza said. "And that has no effect whatsoever, because manipulation is an attack."

Baraza told me the bullets reflect a large anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States.

"That is going too far," he said. "It doesn't make any sense."

"A big part of the product is the message," Hill said.

But the questions becomes whether that is a message of security or hate.

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