It’s not a secret that the Anti-gun left will do just about anything to stop law-abiding citizens from owning a firearm, including passing laws that make it impossible to defend ourselves from the very real dangers that are out there. But the latest attempt to take away our right to defend ourselves is just bizarre.
This week, Democratic members of Congress put forth a bill to make it a felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison, for an American citizen to own Type III body armor. Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) introduced H.R. 378, The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act, a bill that will “prohibit the purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body armor by civilians.” The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), and Danny Davis (D-I.ll).
Honda (pictured above), who has filed multiple bills restricting your right to own a firearm, says this new law is aimed at protecting police from active shooters. But as I pointed out yesterday, police have no legal obligation to protect the American public from harm; so why take away our right to protect ourselves from these same active shooter situations?
“This bill allows law enforcement to respond to active shooting situations more effectively. The bill prohibits the purchase, sale, or possession of military-grade body armor by anyone except certain authorized users, such as first-responders and law enforcement,” he said.
So these same anti-gun politicians, who keep telling us that they want to protect us by banning guns, now want to protect us by banning bulletproof vests; it really doesn’t add up.
Is this Body Armor Bill really meant to stop criminals?
If the goal is to punish criminals, why not make it a crime to use this type of body armor in the commission of a crime? Why take away a law-abiding citizen’s right to defend himself? Much like the gun debate itself, passing another law isn’t going to stop a criminal from committing a crime. All this law does is ensure that law-abiding citizens have one fewer way to protect themselves from these criminals who seek to do us harm. Since the law doesn’t do a thing to go after real criminals, you really have to ask yourself whose side these politicians are on.
While many think the bill will die in the Republican-led Congress, I wouldn’t put my eggs in that basket just yet. Based on how many times these gutless Republicans have caved on important issues in the past, I think it has a very real possibility of eventually passing and becoming law.
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