Politician makes new attempt to leave Americans disarmed — by banning body armor.
In 1992, the government went after Randy Weaver on trumped up charges. The story is long and involved. You can read a fair account of it here and here. In the end, Vicki Weaver was shot dead as was the Weaver’s son. Fourteen-year-old Sammy Weaver was shot in the back by a Deputy United States Marshall. Vicki was shot in the head while she was holding her infant daughter. “In the out-of-court settlement, the government did not admit any wrongdoing in the deaths of Sammy and Vicki Weaver.”
Only because of a public outcry did the government suffer any consequences of this tragedy.
Our government is daily emboldened. There is talk of President Obama issuing an Executive Order banning certain guns. The President has been in the Executive Order business with nary a peep from the Republicans.
I have several reasons for bringing this up in relation to a new bill that is being brought to the House. The main point I want you to think about is that the government is already more than capable of killing you no matter how well armed or armored you are. This is just math. The government leverages you as a taxpayer and uses a funny money debt system to spend trillions on building a foreign and domestic arsenal. You can’t beat that. Forget about it. The Weavers were better armed than many and they had no chance. The Branch Davidians in Waco had no chance.
The government already has you outgunned.
But that is not good enough.
In order to really wield power, a government needs to increase the advantage of its agents over the people it wishes to dominate to an exponential degree. It is not enough to simply be able to win. It wants to be able to win easily, do what it wants, and never worry about the possibility that there could be any consequences.
The government’s dream for the future can be seen when it sends a SWAT team to point guns at workers in a guitar factory who have no arms and no armor. That’s its vision for the perfect future—a land where its jackbooted, armored, armed thugs can terrorize you without any kind of possible resistance. Even the option of deciding to die for a cause is too much freedom for you to possess; they must take that remote possibility away from you.
So while they continue to try to make weapons illegal, they are doing more.
According to Reason.com,
Rep. Mike Honda (D-YouGottaBeKiddingMe) offers up HR 378, The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act. Yes, it is in fact a bill intended to limit people’s ability to own gear that reduces injuries and death caused by bullets.
While the text of the bill isn’t yet available, it looks like a rehash of legislation introduced last year that would ban “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.”
Now, Type III armor isn’t standard stuff, nor is it cheap. Designed to stop rifle rounds, it carries a pretty price tag and is cumbersome as hell. But police locks, alarm systems, and related security equipment are pricey and cumbersome, too. When I lived in New York City’s East Village in the ’90s, I could pretty much smoke a cigarette in the hall while waiting for some of my friends to unlock their apartment doors. But if you perceive some danger in your environment, you just might want some protection. Even if that protection incidentally makes it more difficult for police officers to kill you if they feel the need.
And whatever the motivation of the user, this stuff is defensive. The only way to hurt another person with body armor is to take it off and beat them with it.
Of course, Rep. Honda isn’t satisfied with restricting body armor; he also want to ban gun components kits and require guns made on 3D printers, CNC machines and the like to have serial numbers. You didn’t think he liked armed civilians better than he liked them armored did you?
This is just sick and evil. The government wants you completely and totally at their mercy–even though it puts you at the mercy of criminals. Wrongful deaths occur at police hands all the time, but they want to make sure you don’t have the remote potential to be protected.
And just like gun laws, hardened cop-killing criminals will have no problem getting body armor. Evading the law will be part of the business model.
This is aimed at making the law-abiding populace more naked, more compliant, and more hopeless.
Hopefully the GOP Congress will kill this, thanks to pressure from the NRA. But I have no idea what to really be certain we can expect from this Congress.