Reply to Mark Mangone re: “Doesn’t want to wear body armor.
When I took a 40 hour defensive handgun course we were taught to take two shots to the cardio thoracic cavity. If that failed to stop the assailant for any reason, including body armor, we were taught to aim for the area between the eyebrows and the mustache. Although body armor may stop a bullet, it doesn’t mean you don’t feel the bullet. Even if you had a sufficient shield to protect your eyes, feeling the impact of a .45 bullet slamming into that shield is going to rattle you. For all his body armor, Holmes gave up without a fight as soon as confronted by the police, so although he liked to play dress up with all the body armor, he surrendered before anyone could actually shoot at him.
I don’t want to walk around with body armor either, but I would feel a lot safer for myself and my friends and loved ones if I could rely on more than the compassion of a psychopath for my survival.
Bill O’Connell ‘76
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[JR: (1) Having seen the damage that 45 will do on the range … like the 'what's behind your target' drill … it's only on the TV and the movies that someone takes a few shots and is not even phased. I read military reports where a soldier with body armor died from thoracic trauma from taking a round. Plus armor fails if hit repeatedly. Or cleaned incorrectly. (2) These psychos are so sacked out so as not to surrender. So, I don't buy that they are all fruitcakes. While as a little L libertarian, I am morally opposed to the death penalty, except where incarceration is too dangerous to the jailers, I'm tempted to make an exception. I certainly wouldn't allow them to propagate the gene. (3) I'd too feel better if I knew my fellow movie patrons could deal with a a thug or two without spilling the pop core. Like that senior citizen who returned fire. Two very surprised thugs. But he needs to work on his aim. What do the Marines say: "One shot; one kill"? Thanks.]
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