Originally Posted by LUBrowningBoy
I can understand your caution but I think its a bit unfounded
LU Double B ( and others ) - I post this merely for informational purposes that might help explain why our members are concerned for these types of posts.
The FirearmsTalk Forum Community is quite large. As far as Firearms Forums go, we rank, and we rank high. While we have hundreds of Supporting Members, and thousands of part time members, we also have thousands of "visitors" a day that stop by and lurk.
Some may be looking for answers, or checking out one thread, but the traffic that is not a present member is usually 5 to 10 times HIGHER than what you see represented at any given time there are people posting.
To assume that what is said here, is only read here by our members is ridiculous. To assume that we have an entire wing of the FBI's Cyber Watch Unit reading everything is equally ridiculous.
But the members here have helped build something that they care about, they look after and they police themselves. That is why these topics raise red flags with standing members.
Imagine you are a chemistry teacher and one of the first questions a new student asks is how to take Sudafed and turn it into Meth??
Imagine you are conducting a class on Income Tax Preparation and one of the class taker's first questions is about moving money to off shore accounts and if you have to report it??
Since the OP is fairly new here, the folks do not know of him more than what he has posted in his introduction. That's it. So when the question of what caliber AR is going to be able to defeat body armor comes up, that is a big deal.
No standard civilian in a normal, law abiding life time will EVER need to "defeat body armor". Also, the chances of any citizen coming in contact with someone wearing body armor is most likely going to be some form of Law Enforcement Official or Military Member.
Both professions we take very seriously around these parts because they are doing a job that a lot of us didn't have the balls to sign up to do.
Please understand that this is not an attempt to tell a newb to shut the hell up. His questions were answered in a hypothetical format after we got a little further into the thread, but to just come right out and ask what round will defeat body armor will cause a group like this one to be immediately concerned of what motives are behind the question and who might be reading the answers.
I think if you, and others, stick around you will see that the members here will answer just about any question, if it is presented in a format that isn't misleading or possibly "of interest" to a criminal element or those that might be looking through our forum to make sure we are not the next militia of the moment.