Originally Posted by NewChief
They probably need to have Rick's group start implementing some kind of protective gear soon. Otherwise, they're going to look stupid when they encounter the Gov's group (who do use protective gear, like the duct tape on the scientist's arms). Rick and them are going to be like, "Duh... why didn't we think of that?" which just draws attention to a narrative hole that the writers have created. Much cleaner, from a narrative sense, to just have them slowly implement the stuff without any real comment. Have one person use a riot shield in one episode. In the next, someone is wearing a padded sleeve when they go into "battle," etc..
I know they didn't have time to change because the walkers came in too fast after the gate was opened but T Dog wouldn't have died if he had on the riot gear.