It’s no secret that anti-gun, anti-self-defense lawyers, politicians, and lobbyists demonize guns based upon the power of the cartridges, and their firepower (round count) as well. Anyone involved in a lot of criminal court and civil court cases involving shootings has seen it happen.
On the various Internet gun forums, liability and false accusation are issues that often arise. When the question of the moment is something like “full metal jacket versus hollow points,” someone will almost always post the opinion that they carry FMJ, at least in part, so they won’t be vulnerable to claims that they used “deadly killer dum-dum bullets.”
Another common theme is, “I think I’m going to use a .38 instead of a .357 or a .45 for home defense so I won’t look bloodthirsty.” On one popular board, an educator postulated that loading the home defense gun with blanks would be the ultimate solution. I suspect he posted that with his tongue firmly in his cheek, but most responders took him seriously, and to their collective credit, explained all that was wrong with the idea.