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Latest effort to attack personal defense as a natural birthright

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting politicians from coast-to-coast attempted to push through legislation that would ban a host of guns, magazines and accessories. Though their efforts failed for the most part, those who would take away our ability to defend ourselves always have another tyrannical card up their sleeves.

The latest efforts to attack personal defense as a natural birthright comes from distinguished Congressional representatives Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Danny Davis (D-IL) and takes aim not at your ability to possess a firearm, but rather, to protect yourself from criminals who own them.

HR 378, dubbed the Responsible Body Armor Possession Act,  would make it illegal for civilians to own “enhanced body armor” such as helmets, shields or armor plates that meet or exceed Type III protection. The bill would exempt law enforcement officers and other government officials.

The co-sponsors of the bill believe body armor in the hands of private citizens to be so dangerous that they intend to impose a 10 year federal prison sentence on those found to be in possession of the contraband.

The new law would still allow Americans to own Type I and Type II protection, which are designed to stop calibers ranging from .22 caliber to .357 Magnum respectively. Type III body armor is designed to stop higher velocity hand gun rounds like a high-velocity 9mm or .44 magnum and rifle rounds like the AK-47′s 7.62x39mm. Type IV, often reserved for special law enforcement response teams, is capable of stopping even armor piercing rounds from rifles.

Should such a law be passed, Americans would no longer have the ability to determine for themselves which type of body armor is best suited for their needs. Instead, we would be limited to protection from only a handful of calibers. And, as we well know, as soon as criminals with ill intent get wind that their victims probably won’t own body armor that’s able to stop a .44 or high velocity 9mm round, they’ll quickly switch to new weapons capable of ripping through “legal” protection.

Portions of the bill are posted below:

To prohibit the purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body armor by civilians, with exceptions.

This Act may be cited as the “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act”.


(a) In General.–Chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

Sec. 932. Ban on purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body armor by civilians

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful for a person to purchase, own, or possess enhanced body armor.

(b) Enhanced Body Armor Defined.–Section 921(a) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:

(36) The term `enhanced body armor’ means 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.’

(c) Penalties.–Section 924(a) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:

(8) Whoever knowingly violates section 932 shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

(Full text)

But not to worry, says Dan Cannon of Guns Save Lives, because there’s probably no chance such a bill will make it into law. The audacity of the bill’s co-sponsors, however, is clear :

Fortunately, with the GOP solidly in control of both houses of Congress this bill will likely never see the light of day.

That said, it’s a great insight into how little some members of Congress care about the personal safety of their constituents.

(via The Daily Sheeple)

Though proponents of such legislation say that it protects police officers, the fact of the matter is that there were 126 police officers killed in the line of duty in 2014. This fatality rate is actually quite lower than jobslike being a fisherman or garbage collector.

Though tragic, it is inconceivable that this fatality rate should be use to justify a nationwide ban on body armor for 300 million Americans. Thus, the motivation must be either symbolic, or part of a greater plan to disarm and neuter the rights of the American citizenry.

Second Amendment Republicans and Libertarians are in permanent freak-out mode regarding ‘tyranny’. Except when it happens to black people.

The GOP “on your own” rhetoric is about race, not self-reliance or ownership. In short: Republicans believe the Government/Police must be used to deny rights and control black communities.

The Bill Of Rights?

If they can tell you there’s certain things you’re not allowed to say, you don’t have free speech.

If they can tell you there’s only certain places you can protest, only at certain times, and only by special license, you don’t have the freedom to assemble.

If they can tell a journalist they can only cover an event from within a designated area or risk arrest, you don’t have a free press.

If they can tell you there’s certain guns you can only own with a government license, you can only carry in certain places at certain times with a special license, you don’t have the right to bear arms.

If your police use military weapons and military tactics, then you have soldiers quartered among you.

If you can be stopped and frisked because you ‘look suspicious’ or you happen to be near a border zone, if your home can be searched by police and soldiers because the city is under martial law and there’s a supposed terrorist on the loose, you have no right against unreasonable search and seizure.

If you can be tried by military tribunal if you’re designated a terrorist combatant, or be assassinated by drone strike, or be interred and have your property confiscated because of the color of your skin and your ethnic ancestry, you have no right to a fair trial.

If you can be indefinitely detained by the simple expedient of a Patriot Act waver, you don’t have the right to a fair trial or a trial by jury.

If you can be tear gassed, pepper-sprayed, shot with rubber bullets, blasted with LRADs, tased, or outright gunned down in the street for nonviolent offenses and peaceful protest, you have no right to protection from cruel and unusual punishment.

If your government bars you from nonviolent behavior not expressly mentioned in the Constitution, the rule of construction does not apply.

If your State government permits you rights to nonviolent behavior but your federal government prosecutes you for it anyway, your state has no rights.

That’s your Bill of Rights. It’s gone. It’s completely eviscerated and you sit there and tell me we live in a free country? You don’t. You say the Constitution protects you? It doesn’t.

It never did.