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Let's NOT get into who's paranoid and who isn't and why. If you have a reasoned
argument, make it. Leave the paranoia out of it.
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I'm not a cop, never worn a vest, but I do know a few and my pastor is the county chaplan, so he has a vest too.
I don't know of any who wear off duty and I do know a few who carry regularly and they are very open about it, so I doubt they're hiding the vest.
I personally feel no need. I also feel no need for a backup gun or reloads. Since this is America and we still get to choose, I don't carry what I don't feel I need.
If you're more comfortable (mentally) with it than without it, wear it. If you try it for awhile and don't like it or decide its overboard, stop wearing it.
It ain't a tattoo, you can undo it.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.