Body Armor is not regulated by federal law
Dispelling Body Armor Myths right from the start: Let’s set the record straight right from the beginning: It is up to the states to decide if they want to make it law. If you live in a state that has such a law, don’t buy body armor there or in person if you can help it. Don’t buy a bag at the store either, because there’s no way of knowing what’s in it before you open it. And for the record-keepers out there…yes, there is a way to know how much it’s worth without a dealer’s help.
So, what are the misconceptions about wearing body armor? Well, there are two big ones: that it saves lives and it looks cool. The police officers and soldiers who buy body armor never wear body armor there or on their body. I’ve seen plenty of photos of police officers in full tactical gear, but not one of them ever had to wear body armor. Likewise, military personnel have also convinced themselves that “worn as armor” actually saves their lives. If you’re ever offered armor like that at a military reunion, just say “no thanks”.
A bulletproof vest, helmet/helmet
As far as wearing body armor saves lives, well, it’s hard to say how many would that save if it actually saved any. You see, law enforcement and the military aren’t the only ones who consider a bulletproof vest or helmet/helmet as a necessity for their job. Criminals and terrorists all carry around tons of ammunition, have military training, and have all the same needs for protection as law enforcement personnel do. A bulletproof vest, helmet/helmet, or bulletproof vest and bullet-resistant clothing does little more than keep the criminal’s hands from emptying itself on your unprotected body.
So, why would anyone buy body armor or buy bulletproof vests when there are other options? It appears that the answer is pretty simple – most people feel safer when their body armor or bulletproof vest or steel plates protect them from the most common criminals and/or terrorists. While that may be true, think about this: if a criminal really wants to hurt you, he’ll aim for your head, not your stomach, your thighs, or your hands. In other words, a truly hardened criminal wouldn’t even bother with handguns unless he absolutely has to, and that’s the problem with most “defense” products they’re designed for defense against the most common threat level, not core body armor or bulletproof vests.
useless against high-powered rifles
The problem with most forms of defensive armor today is that they’re too stiff and bulky to penetrate the hardness of bullets. Remember, this is not really about stopping crime, it’s about human beings defending themselves. There’s nothing more frightening than a person who can easily penetrate your front door and get inside your house without drawing any serious fire and harming you or your loved ones. If you were to use bulletproof vests and other such products to stop crime in urban environments, then you’d have to send a couple of hundred police officers to your home to totally protect it. Is that really necessary?
It’s also important to realize that while bulletproof vests can stop most handguns, they are useless against high-powered rifles or other long-range weapons. You won’t be saving any money by carrying around an expensive bulletproof vest, you’ll be wasting those dollars and hurting yourself while you do it. As far as protecting you from the most common criminals, hard-wired steel rods and bulletproof windows may be good enough for carjackers and other armed criminals, but how about street gangs, burglars, or other violent offenders? You can’t protect yourself by carrying around something that can only pierce soft targets like tires or shopping carts. They can’t stop bullets fired by felons or terrorists either, so there’s really no need to spend your money on bulletproof vests and other gear that don’t provide you with any real value for your money. There is plenty of real value in the safety gear that you can buy, if you want better protection for yourself and your family.