Yet another obstruction of American rights has been introduced to congress. In the newest legislation, H.R 378, which bears the name “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act” will deprive law-abiding citizens of their right to self-defense.
Representative Mike Honda forwarded the bill, which if passed will thwart citizens from obtaining “enhanced” body armor, which they define as “body armor, including a helmet or shield, the ballistic resistance of which meets or exceeds the ballistic performance of Type III armor, determined using National Institute of Justice Standard-0101.06”
The armor that they reference can prevent injury or death from almost any common rifle munitions.
According to the bill, the penalty for bearing such armor includes fines, jail time, or both.
In his press conference, Rep. Honda stated,
“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.”
What’s more, is that crime rates in America are actually lower than they have been in the past 40 years, yet senators continue to assert that more militarization in the police force is necessary.
As human beings, we should have the right to defend ourselves against those who seek to bring us harm. The armor itself is entirely defensive and poses no threat to anyone. Based on that, where is the logical standing to remove such defensive systems from the American populace? Furthermore, why are law-abiding citizens being punished, while government agencies, departments, and officials remain exempted from the bill? Obviously, this is more government irony at its finest.