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Congressman only wants criminals to have body armor (California)

Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) has proposed legislation that will ban law abiding citizens from getting body armor.

Fun Fact: The co-sponsors of the bill also come from bastions of liberty... Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ).

"We're not talking about just a standard bullet-proof vest," he said. "We're talking about body armor that is designed for warfare, designed to protect against law enforcement ammunitions."

I don't know what kind of "ammunitions" he is talking about but law enforcement ammunition is not penetrating body armor - at least not out of a handgun. Maybe it's that ghost ammunition for the ghost guns? I don't know. On to more stupid from the Congressman.

"This bill will keep military body armor out of the wrong hands," Honda said. "It would ensure that only law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders would be able to access enhanced body armor."

The level of stupid is high with this one. It would ensure what? That only law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders have access to it? Really? Really.

Congressman, how's that whole ban thing working in your state? Do only law enforcement officers have access to magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds? To "assault rifles" as you call them? To guns that don't make the state roster?

How many criminals do you think will decide they can't get body armor because it's against the law? Will it be more than the number of felons who carry guns every day... because they are criminals?

Let's stop pretending your ban impacts criminals. Your ban only impacts law abiding citizens who want to protect themselves. Why would people want to wear armor? Armed home invaders, range accidents, it looks cool as hell, they want to make their training class harder, or maybe because they just like it.

That's what liberty and freedom are about Congressman... not needing to tell you why I want to wear body armor and a helmet when I play nerf wars with my kid (you know, if I ever did).

"There's nothing more dangerous than an unstoppable, well-armored shooter," he said. "The law enforcement community sees an increase in use of body armor in violent, gun-related crimes."

Nothing? The Death Star? Sharks with freakin' lasers? Ebola? A pimp who's upset that you shortchanged his girl (not that that's ever happened to me)? The government declaring martial law? Another Expendables movie?

There are a lot of scary things in the world and it's not your job to play nanny and protect each and every person from every possibility. Moreover, there's no such thing as an unstoppable criminal. We're not talking about the Iron Man suit, we're talking about body armor. People get shot and killed wearing it every day in Iraq and Afghanistan - but they wear it to protect their lives as best they can (hey, we have the same goal there... to stay alive).

I don't know about you, but I'll keep my freedom and my choice as to whether I need body armor (I happen to like it so yes, yes I do). What I don't want is a politician from Hippyfornia deciding that this is the next great concern and limiting body armor to only cops and robbers.

Congressman, we have real problems in this country and real threats to our country - social, economic, and security. How about you spend some time on that rather than wasting it on an outlier issue.