Within the first 48 hours of the Aurora Colorado theater massacre, we knew the specific details of the weapons that the shooter used, from the brand and caliber of each weapon (Smith & Wessom M&P15 carbine, Remington 12-gauge shottie, Glock .40 S&W pistols) to the ammunition used.
What we don’t know almost anything about is the claim by the Aurora Police department that the suspect was wearing considerable “ballistic armor.”
There has been no further information forthcoming, and I’ve made multiple attempts to contact the Aurora Police Department and the prosecutor’s office. They’ve ignored all requests, apparently the result of a judge’s gag order. The same “gag order” seems to be leaking like a sieve, as fresh information is leaked on a near constant basis.
We don’t know if the suspect was wearing actual bullet-resistant armor, or if he was instead wearing police-type riot gear (which is padded and armored to withstand thrown projectiles and blows, but not bullets). Was he wearing an old military “flak jacket” he bought at a surplus store that wouldn’t stop bullets?
If he was wearing body armor, what kind was he wearing? What was the threat level/armor rating of the armor? What kind of condition was the armor in? Would it have thwarted typical rounds used by responding police officers or civilians carrying concealed weapons? Was it junk? Was it just for show?
We don’t know, and the media doesn’t seem to care since the claim (unsubstantiated by any details) supports their anti-gun agenda.