Should Body Armor be legal?

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    Is there such a thing as Overprotection?


    When considering how precious and delicate life can be,
    one is often confronted with questions like, do I feel safe?
    Am I being prepared? Is there such a thing as
    "too prepared?"


    The most common conclusions tends to be that
    no matter how protected you are, you are not bulletproof.
    And nowhere less is that the case than in states like
    Connecticut, where state laws have been passed that
    directly confront the second amendment. These laws
    severely criminalize the buying and selling of protective
    body armor by any means that is not a person-to-person
    transactions. As a direct consequence, Public Act 98-127
    not only restricts civiliansaccess of life-saving protection
    but also directly affects law enforcement and military
    personnel, who depend on catalog or online bulk
    transactions, from acquiring an indispensable part of their
    gear. W hy does that matter in Florida, or any other of the
    49 states, you may ask. With New York following
    Connecticut's footsteps and queuing up a few body armor
    restrictions this year the picture could not be clearer since
    some other anti-gun states are expected to jump on the
    bandwagon against self-protection for all the wrong
    reasons. The main drive behind these attempts to forcefully
    restrict the American people of their constitution given
    right is the general disarming of America with school
    shootings bearing the burden of being the excuse.




    "The people intent on committing these
    atrocities outfit themselves with the macabre
    tools of their trade ... and the defensive gear
    to ensure they do the most damage," says
    Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the
    Violence Policy Center. A D.C.-based gun
    control research organization.




    Although Mr. Sugarmann attempts to make a solid point about how the use of protective gear can, in some
    situations, hinder police's attempts at controlling a situation
    since the criminal can be better protected against police
    force. To stop the main concern, criminals being better
    protected from law enforcement, some states have made it
    illegal for a person with a criminal record ranging from a
    simple misdemeanor to anyone that has been incarcerated
    from ever attempting to own any type of body armor or
    weapon. While this might put a dent in most former
    criminals attempts at acquiring protection there are still a
    wide variety of known ways you can acquire bulletproof
    protection illegal through the internet. So are these laws
    really helping the public (which should be their sole
    intention) or are they inadvertently just making it harder for
    the common law-abiding citizen American to take their
    safety into their own hands.


    Should these restrictions continue to spread across
    the states we could inevitably find ourselves at a point
    where choosing protection based on your personal needs
    will be a thing of the past and only an option for certain law
    officers and active military personnel; confining citizens to
    a very limited and compromising number of options for
    self-preservation. In a country built on the foundation of
    freedom, having limited options for protections seems to
    directly interfere with that fundamental right. So does body
    armor hurt people? Of course not, their invention came
    from the need to preserve life and minimize injuries. And
    taking into account that police scanners, radar detectors and
    night vision binoculars are still 100% legal, we can only
    ask ourselves; Are we focusing on the problem at hand? Or
    just demonizing an important life-preserving tool in order
    to feel a little
    "safer."




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