I realize that the discussin below is is not for everyone, but some lawyers, journalists, stalking victims etc. do face this danger regularly. (If you are a lawyer the danger can be from both a disgruntled client or the other side.)
For those of who tend to agitate people (divorce lawyers for example), or those who prosecute violent people or go violent places, threats are a way of life. And some (not all) threats are credible and require you to actually take protective action. Now, I don’t want to get in to talking (today) about how to tell the difference between someone venting and someone who is a serious danger. That’s a different discussion. But, if you do truly believe that you are involved with a seriously dangerous person, what can you do? There are lots of possible responses and this blog will cover most of them in the future. But today I want to (briefly) discuss one possible response: get some sort of body armor.
That’s ridiculous you say? In a non-military environment It’s hot and looks silly? It’s uncomfortable? It’s unnecessary? Well, the answers all are “It depends”. If you have someone who *seriously* is a threat to you, it is not ridiculous if you do it right, and it’s not silly looking or hot. What am I talking about? Simple: you can buy an attache case or large purse that has a kevlar lining. (Yes, they do make these things.) What’s kevlar? It’s the synthetic fiber that, woven into a proper mesh, makes miltary-quality body armor. So kevlar turns your purse or attache case into an armor “shield” for you to use.
These armored cases look just like a normal briefcase or purse. They can carry papers etc. They weigh a bit more than a regular briefcase or purse but not too much more. And, if you are confronted by someone with a handgun, you hold the briefcase or purse in front of you and it provides good protection for your torso. Expensive? Not too bad. The last time I checked they were selling for $1200-$1500. That was about a year ago, today they might be a bit more. But, purchased from a reputable manufacturer, under the right circumstances they are worth every penny.