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Man Charged in Shooting Death of Partygoer in Bulletproof Vest

Police in Houston now want to know if the two men thought they were playing a game

(Newser) - A man was shot dead while wearing a bulletproof vest at a Houston party and police say they've been left to uncover whether the tragedy happened as part of some kind of prank gone terribly wrong. Jason Allen Griffin was arrested early Sunday morning following the death of a... More »

Parents Can Buy 'Peace of Mind' at Fla. School for $120

Via a bulletproof backpack insert that some are questioning

(Newser) - A Miami private school's store is now open, but this year, in addition to mascot-themed athletic wear, students can soup up their backpacks, too. Or rather their parents can, because the backpack insert at the nondenominational Florida Christian School costs $120, reports the Miami Herald . That's because it'... More »

Guy Who Helped Pal Test Bulletproof Vest Gets 7 Years

It wasn't bulletproof, British man found

(Newser) - A British truck driver has become the latest person to discover that helping a friend test out the bulletproof vest he's wearing is a good way to lose both your friend and your freedom. Ian Catley, 40, has received a seven-year sentence for manslaughter after admitting that he shot... More »

Guy Killed After Friend Misses Bulletproof Vest

He asked friends to shoot him, and one did

(Newser) - Who needs enemies when you have friends like these? An 18-year-old woman faces an involuntary manslaughter charge after she allegedly fatally shot her friend in the chest Wednesday ... because he asked her to. Though 25-year-old victim Blake Wardell wore a Kevlar bulletproof vest during the incident, the bullet from the... More »

Zimmerman Ordered Bulletproof Vest Last Year

And infrared home-security gear, all while on bond

(Newser) - Police records released yesterday are painting a picture of George Zimmerman's period on bond, and they contain some interesting details. The neighborhood watchman ordered a bulletproof vest and an infrared home security system, the AP reports. A police supply sales representative told officials about the order; Zimmerman told them... More »

More Schools Adopting Bulletproof Whiteboards

Minnesota school district is the latest

(Newser) - A Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting unveiled a new device yesterday aimed at adding a last-ditch layer of safety for teachers and students: bulletproof whiteboards. The Rocori School District has acquired nearly 200 of the whiteboards, made of a material touted by its... More »

Florida Mom Pays to Have Armed Guard at Kid's School

Meanwhile, bullet-stopping white boards hit the market

(Newser) - A Florida mom has taken her child's at-school security into her own hands ... by way of her pocketbook. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Laura Lauria has offered to foot the cost of having an armed deputy stationed at her kid's elementary school, and she's already paid... More »

SWAT Gear Scariest Part of James Holmes' Arsenal

What made James Holmes unique was his defense, William Saletan argues

(Newser) - James Holmes "didn't just kill a dozen people" with his Colorado shooting rampage, writes William Saletan on Slate . "He killed the NRA's answer to gun violence." The NRA has been arguing for years that, to quote its CEO in the wake of the Tucson shooting,... More »

Bulletproof Turban in Development for UK's Sikh Cops

(Newser) - Scientists are developing a bulletproof turban that would allow Britain’s Sikh police officers to handle firearms and become riot cops, the Telegraph reports. The religion requires men keep their turbans on at all times, barring them from wearing helmets required in certain high-risk scenarios. “There needs to be... More »

Obama Was 10 Feet Tall and Bullet-Proof

Lightweight body armor made his inauguration duds 'bullet-resistant'

(Newser) - Barack Obama wasn't quite bullet-proof as he strode down Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday, but the new president was certainly "bullet-resistant," Slate explains. While the SWAT-team look might not be very presidential, several companies now manufacture lightweight protective clothing that can be worn under clothing or woven into shirts or... More »

Mexican Boutique Sells Bulletproof Duds

Specialty boutique sells protective shirts, jackets to anxious customers

(Newser) - As drug-related violence skyrockets in Mexico, anxious shoppers are buying bulletproof shirts and jackets for protection, the New York Times reports. A boutique in Mexico City sells only bulletproof garments, including leather jackets, polo shirts, windbreakers, and even tuxedo shirts. Who's willing to pay up to $7,000 for such... More »

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