Statistics show that a person in the U.S. is only slightly more likely to die in a traffic accident than from a gunshot wound. Given that it’s far from uncommon to pass a car crash on the road, this is a very uncomfortable thought.
What’s perhaps worse is the effect this has on our collective mentality, especially when it seems you can hardly turn on the news these days without seeing yet another story about a maniac opening fire in a crowded place, or police shooting a suspect without reason or warning. Realistically, though, as long as you live in the First World and there isn’t an actual war going on, your chances of dying in a violent incident of any kind are minimal. However, depending on where you live, what job you do, and what kind of in-laws you have, it may still be wise to take some precautions.
Contrary to what Hollywood tries to tell you, buying a gun of your own does not make you safer; in fact, the exact opposite is the case. Staying well clear of trouble is probably the best advice, but this may not always be possible. In this case, a jacket or vest from MC Armor might actually be for you.
Founded in Colombia (where shenanigans like kidnappings and assassinations used to be incredibly common) in the 1990s and now operating in over a dozen countries, this company specializes in slick-looking formal and casual wear. The difference is that these garments can actually stop bullets. They’ve got the international certifications to prove this, as well as their CEO’s quirk of shooting his employees, wife, and potential clients on a fairly regular basis. His company’s clothing has been tested in this way well over 200 times.
They count no fewer than 13 heads of state among their customers. Just as importantly, their preferential hiring policies are designed to give the most vulnerable members of the community in Bogota a chance.
We should just mention here that “bulletproof” is not a real thing, even when talking about the body armor people in truly high-risk situations wear. The best technology can produce is “bullet resistant”: if a round is heavy enough and fast enough, it will theoretically go through anything.
There is also the problem of kinetic energy; unlike most ballistic vests, clothing generally doesn’t contain ceramic plates to distribute the bullet’s impact force. (In the numerous MC Armor demonstration videos you can find on Youtube, the “volunteer” is usually wearing a specially padded vest). In other words, the goal here is to prevent it from penetrating the skin and causing bleeding or organ damage, but getting shot will certainly still hurt – a lot!