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It can stop a bullet but it cannot stop the laws of physics. The energy needs to go somewhere, yes, you are correct, and getting shot anywhere while wearing a vest is going to hurt like heck unless it is a really small caliber. Lihu had mentioned a .380, I don't know enough about ballistics to comment knowledgeably but i would think that anything less would hurt but not stop you too much, anything bigger than that and its gonna sting like a son of a gun and probably put you to your knees. When I got my handgun I wanted something between stopping power and lethality. I wanted a caliber and bullet that was going to put someone down and probably kill them. This was about 16 years ago, all of my research led me to purchase a 40 caliber gun (happens to be a Glock).
Sadly, because there is not enough proper care available. I know this from personal experience. Even in Massachusetts, where we have some of the best hospitals in the world including psychiatric hospitals, it is very difficult to get "help" for young people (18 - 25). It actually takes a violent episode to create that opportunity. I won't go into details, but someone I know very well has spent more than two years trying to get an adult child care from a real psychiatrist. 2 years! Because the child has not been violent, they can't even get seen. And these are not people without means either. There is just a lack of psychiatrist for these types of issues. The police have also been extremely helpful. It is very sad.
I didn't know the rule before last night, neither did the ref obviously. I think that's one where they should have consulted and if it was confirmed that the Seattle player did bat the ball out of the end zone they should have thrown a late flag. When you only have 16 games to play each one is critical to making the playoffs and in this case I agree Detroit was robbed of a victory and the league really needs to consider enhancing the officiating with the addition of an eye in the sky even for penalties.
Question about this: Aren't you still likely to have a rib broken if you're hit in the chest wearing kevlar from close range? I know kevlar also is very bad at withstanding repeated shots, just because a majority of the protection comes from the tensile strength of the weave that is broken once it's hit by a bullet (it's the reason that vests have to be thrown out if they're shot, because they can't guarantee it will stop another bullet). A center of mass hit means the perpetrator is hurting quite a bit, and likely not as concerned with killing others as he was before he was shot.