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Armored truck maker in middle of debate on dollars and safety

Newtown, Conn., had been the site of one homicide in the last 13 years until a man wearing a bulletproof vest and fatigues, carrying three guns, shot his way into an elementary school and killed 26 women and children last month.

For some, such a devastating attack reinforces their belief that police should have advanced defense equipment at their disposal. For others, the inability to forecast an evil act strengthens their resolve that taxpayers should not spend millions to outfit police in low-crime areas with military-grade gear.

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