A nifty graphic on The Science of Stopping a Bullet to go with today’s Globe and Mail story on the RCMP’s delay in issuing body armour that can withstand rifle rounds. Writes Julian Sher:
“More than six years after the shooting deaths of four RCMP officers in Mayerthorpe, Alta., stunned a nation and sparked calls for better police protection, the force has not managed to get the hard body armour that can stop long-gun ammunition to most of its front-line officers.
“Nine of the 14 RCMP officers slain by weapons fire in recent years – including the four who died in one of the deadliest chapters in the force’s history – were killed with rifles or shotguns, which are at least three times more powerful than pistols.”
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