Jihawg Ammo Owner Speaks - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Jihawg Ammo Owner Speaks

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.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Racist flyers pop up all over downtown Spokane again

    Racist flyers pop up all over downtown Spokane again

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:33 PM EDT2018-05-27 01:33:48 GMT

    Spokane, Wash. These flyers were found once again on Saturday placed all over downtown Spokane. Back in March, a group called Identity Evropa put racist posters on Eastern Universities campus. Roberto Rodriguez was walking downtown and happened to catch a glimpse of the flyers "With these posters my thoughts on them is why are we having them up?" questioned Rodriguez. Roberto understands that groups have the right to free speech. But Roberto wants...

    >>

    Spokane, Wash. These flyers were found once again on Saturday placed all over downtown Spokane. Back in March, a group called Identity Evropa put racist posters on Eastern Universities campus. Roberto Rodriguez was walking downtown and happened to catch a glimpse of the flyers "With these posters my thoughts on them is why are we having them up?" questioned Rodriguez. Roberto understands that groups have the right to free speech. But Roberto wants...

    >>
  • Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

    Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:33 PM EDT2018-05-26 18:33:58 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) - Engineers say damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely.    Hawaii News Now reports boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial. 

    >>

    HONOLULU (AP) - Engineers say damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely.    Hawaii News Now reports boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial. 

    >>
  • Missing hunters identified after crash into Idaho river

    Missing hunters identified after crash into Idaho river

    Sunday, May 27 2018 4:14 PM EDT2018-05-27 20:14:08 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities have identified four hunters who remain missing after a crash in the Idaho backcountry.    The Idaho County Sheriff's Office on Sunday said the men are: Koby Clark of Bozeman, Montana, Reece Rollins of Terrebonne, Oregon and brothers Raymond and Jesse Ferrieri of Mahapac Falls, New York.

    >>

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities have identified four hunters who remain missing after a crash in the Idaho backcountry.    The Idaho County Sheriff's Office on Sunday said the men are: Koby Clark of Bozeman, Montana, Reece Rollins of Terrebonne, Oregon and brothers Raymond and Jesse Ferrieri of Mahapac Falls, New York.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Coast Guard rescues 78-year-old hiker north of Lincoln City, Ore.

    Coast Guard rescues 78-year-old hiker north of Lincoln City, Ore.

    Sunday, May 27 2018 9:22 PM EDT2018-05-28 01:22:48 GMT

    LINCOLN CITY, Ore. - A Coast Guard helicopter crew assists North Lincoln Fire and Rescue by hoisted an injured, 78-year-old female hiker from a beach near God's Thumb north of Lincoln City, Saturday. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew safely transported the hiker to waiting emergency medical service personnel at a local casino parking lot.

    >>

    LINCOLN CITY, Ore. - A Coast Guard helicopter crew assists North Lincoln Fire and Rescue by hoisted an injured, 78-year-old female hiker from a beach near God's Thumb north of Lincoln City, Saturday. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew safely transported the hiker to waiting emergency medical service personnel at a local casino parking lot.

    >>
  • Spokane Valley business owner's car broken into on camera

    Spokane Valley business owner's car broken into on camera

    Sunday, May 27 2018 9:00 PM EDT2018-05-28 01:00:57 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - New business owner Tabatha Lowe of Tab'z on Broadway says she was not at all surprised when her car was broken into. She acknowledged that this is a frequent occurrence in the area. Security cameras outside of her business caught a clear look at the man who broke into her Durango around 5:25 Saturday morning.

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - New business owner Tabatha Lowe of Tab'z on Broadway says she was not at all surprised when her car was broken into. She acknowledged that this is a frequent occurrence in the area. Security cameras outside of her business caught a clear look at the man who broke into her Durango around 5:25 Saturday morning.

    >>
  • Colbert mom says son bit by black flies despite precautions

    Colbert mom says son bit by black flies despite precautions

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:47 PM EDT2018-05-28 00:47:40 GMT

    COLBERT, Wash. - We've hit that period in the year where bugs can really be a problem. The black flies are definitely back and they're biting. Tips to avoid being bit include avoiding areas where the bugs are popular, wearing long sleeves and pants, wearing clothing that is light colored as well as utilizing bug spray. Sara Bunke has taking these precautions but the flies are still eating up her son.

    >>

    COLBERT, Wash. - We've hit that period in the year where bugs can really be a problem. The black flies are definitely back and they're biting. Tips to avoid being bit include avoiding areas where the bugs are popular, wearing long sleeves and pants, wearing clothing that is light colored as well as utilizing bug spray. Sara Bunke has taking these precautions but the flies are still eating up her son.

    >>