Following the tragic “Safeway Massacare” in Tucson, the airwaves and internet are alive with exchanges of blame game, gun nuts, anti-gun nuts, calls for more laws, more guns to every shopper, and hate mongers vowing to disrupt funerals. And a sobering account from SLATE.
We are a violent nation with people being shot all day everyday. It will never change. In our quest to make sense of the senseless, we thought that perhaps bullet proof vests would offer more “protection” than toting your own piece. ANY elected official in Idaho can pack heat without a permit or training. We encountered many a website marketing vests. Based on their marketing laundry list, it appears we should ALL be wearing such vests.
Many states make it illegal for convicted felons to wear bullet proof vests–apparently it is easier to kill them once they get out of prison. Believe it or not “body armor” has many marketing restrictions, including export rules.
From a marketing website for bullet proof vests–
“But you might be surprised at the wide range of civilian needs for Body Armor…
Residents in high-crime areas who have given serious thought as to the several minutes that will elapse between the sound of glass breaking at 3 a.m., and the arrival of police (regardless of the speed of police response there are unavoidable time lags)”
Check out their list of potential consumers below.
Homeowners who have suffered burglaries, or home invasions
Security guards and armored car personnel
Business or property owners who must provide their own security
Convenience store clerks and owners (in fact one of the most dangerous jobs in America)
Taxi drivers (and bus and limo drivers)
Restaurant or bar owners who must make late-night cash deposits
Business owners who must carry large amounts of cash for payrolls, purchasing, auctions, bank deposits, etc.
Jewelry store owners and couriers who must carry valuable merchandise
Emergency Medical Service personnel (EMS)
ATM repairmen (whether or not the ATM is empty, the criminal doesn’t know…)
Alarm system repairmen who often have to investigate tripped alarms
Crime victims or witnesses who fear retribution from criminals, and their accomplices
Victims of stalking
Attorneys in emotionally charged cases (e.g., divorce, child custody, etc.)
Process / subpoena servers
Merchant Marine security officers
Private boat and yacht owners – piracy has made a comeback on the high seas
High-profile individuals, such as actors, who are the recipients of death threats
Executive protection personnel / bodyguards
Embassy personnel overseas
Executives traveling abroad (and, sadly, to some US cities!
Missionaries traveling abroad
War correspondents, journalists and photographers in “Hostile Environments”
Citizens with relatives overseas in dangerous countries
Bail bondsmen and bail enforcement agents
Concealed Carry License holders
Shooting range personnel and Concealed Carry License instructors
Competitive shooters – or ANYONE who uses a public shooting range…
Motorcycle racers, rodeo riders, rodeo clowns (for blunt trauma impact)
Research Scientists, who use animals are the target of radical “animal-rights” groups
Pharmacists (who handle drugs desired by addicts)
and finally, sadly, teachers who have received death threats in some of our nation’s schools
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