Mas I figure it should be called that term since I would hate to have a false sense of security if I had one. I want to get your opinion on a few things,if you don't mind. I don't do things half cocked. I do research and ask experts, like yourself for advice. I have a general training regimen for practice to shoot. I read the State and Federal laws on te use of Carrying Guns and carrying out lethal force if necessary. I have Florida Firearms: Laws, Use and Ownership and Mitch Vilos' book Self Defense Laws in the 50 States. Here is my first question: Am I being paranoid for looking into bullet proof vests/body armor? I would only wear it outside of my town where crime is high and only in the cooler months. I figure the peak time to wear it would be from Thanksgiving to New Year given crimes in that period. I only own 5 guns. 2 are for the range (Ny Kimbers), 3 are for carry depending upon what re weather is like and how deep I am trying to conceal. Is five guns excessive? I know your philosophy about knives given the laws and court cases. However, as an enthusiast of Balisongs and having recently amassed a large collection (all of which I like to manipulate for fun - I find it therapeutic and helpful to learn new skills). Is it pathologic to be interested in knives as a hobby, adding my desire to shoot and consider body armor? I am a cautious person and don't consider myself to be overly paranoid. I am just cautious. Thanks for your insight.