Every Marine has his or her own story about their time at the “gas chamber,” the place we go to become familiar with our gas masks (so they tell us). Suffice it to say [tear gas] sucks out your organs, hogs your oxygen and burns you inside and out. Interim blindness and extended coughing fits are common, as well as an overall sense that you are dying or dead. And they’re dispersing this poison in people’s backyards.
Lyle Jeremy Rubin, “A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson,” in The Nation, 20 August 2014 (x)