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I think it goes back to the musket age, mostly. American Civil War, and Napoleonic era. People carried more bibles around, bullets were easier to stop, stories of miraculous survival thanks to being devoted to God etc. were all the viral rage back then.

Plus, survivor bias.

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Musket ball would go through good quality metal armor @ ~200 yards, and single 1" pine plank* at about 500. So it is a bit doubtful that book would be able to stop it at the sub-100m distances of average musket engagement range. Maybe some very long distance shot (but none fired muskets at really great distances), or ricochets, or a bullet that already went through someone in front, and maybe vs some of the weaker pistols.

*1" pine plank wa (and still is ) quick and dirty standard of "minimum lethality" needed to reliably kill/injure human being.

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Still, there's something to be said about the resistance of 700+ sheets of paper stacked with leather lining. Phone books (where they still exist) make reasonably good makeshift armor against small arms fire.

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Because it ain't really land of free if you can not make your own moonshine :D

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Yes, that is actually school presentation, judging by dialect somewhere from Croatia.

 

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You can in fact make your own moonshine, but since the federal gov't makes excise taxes off booze, there are permits and all sorts of other claptrap;

https://www.ttb.gov/distilled-spirits/permits

it gets even weirder if you want to distill alcohol for fuel use.

 

 

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Makes me wonder why the auditor didn't stop her after the second curb ride. Even after the third the full disaster could still have been averted.

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