• Michael W

Call to Action: H.R. 4568 “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act”

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

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American liberties are under constant attack from those with an elitist mindset who believe that the common citizen is too incompetent or dangerous to possess firearms. What has gone without notice though is that these same elitists want you completely vulnerable, via a ban of body armor for civilian ownership. There is only one legitimate reason for this and you better believe that we’re about to dive right on in.


H.R. 4568 was introduced to the House of Representatives on September 27th 2019 and is currently idling in the Subcommittee for on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. The bill was originally sponsored by Grace Meng (D-NY) and, as of the posting of this article, has subsequently been co-sponsored by Mike Quigley (D-IL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Eleanor Norton (D-DC), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Henry Johnson (D-GA), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Andre Carson (D-IN) and Albio Sires (D-NJ).


As I do not believe in rambling on about political opinion, paraphrasing at best without providing facts, the bill in its full physical text can be found at the following URL: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/4568/text?r=8&s=1


Alright, now let us discuss just a few select points showing why this is a total joke and a clear example of politicians overstepping their boundaries.


-18 U.S. Code § 931. Already federally prohibits the purchase, ownership, or possession of all body armor by those classified as “violent felons”. This has been in effect on a federal level since January of 2012, strenghtening prior bans that had already been in place.


-Most, if not all states, have already had laws on the books for decades that prohibit the wearing and/or possession of body armor while engaged in any form of criminal activity and/or if the individual is a convicted felon. The exact details of these laws vary from state to state.


-The proposed legislation, H.R. 4568, prohibits the “purchase, ownership or possession of enhanced body armor”. The text then proceeds to describe “enhanced body armor” as anything that “meets or exceeds type III armor, determined using such standards as the National Institute of Justice”. It ends on the note that a violation of this ban would be punishable by a 10 year prison sentence.




For those who don’t have prior education on or experience with body armor, the NIJ threat level rating progression is as follows: 2A, 2, 3A, 3 and 4. Levels 2A, 2 and 3A are all considered “soft armor”. They are made of woven materials and can be readily concealed under a shirt, thus why they have been so popular with Public Safety personnel for so long. Levels 3 and 4 are what is considered “hard armor”. They are generally rectangular, or some similar variation of the shape, usually available in sizes ranging from 8”x10” up to 11”x14”, and are made out of either steel or different composite materials such as polyethylene and/or ceramics. Level 3 and 4 plates are generally thicker, much heavier and less comfortable to wear for extended periods of time than soft armor.


Level 3 and 4 plates, which I will simply refer to as “rifle plates” from here forward, are rated by the National Institute of Justice to stop many common rifle threats, while soft armor is only rated to stop pistol threats. A rifle round will go right through soft armor like butter.


Because of steel advancements, as well as advancements in the processes of forming ceramic and polyethylene, manufacturing of rifle plates has become much easier and cost-effective. This has allowed rifle plates to become readily available for a price that the common American consumer can afford, purchasing them as a means of protection. Rifle plates fit into a vest, backpack or other carrier and have become a regular purchase for those who wish to be prepared for home invasions, massive civil unrest or active shooter threats. Parents buy small plates to put in their children’s backpacks just in case the unspeakable happens and they are tasked with fleeing from an active shooter. The armor itself has no offensive ability and is solely a defensive measure to prevent a bullet from penetrating into the vital organs if shot by an attacker.


However, despite the fact that this armor is solely a defensive item that can harm no one, elitist politicians feel as though it is not something that the citizen should be allowed to have. They go throughout their day surrounded by armed private security or secret service agents, lay in bed at night in their luxury homes with high end security systems and generally stay as far as humanly possible from any sort of physical threat, yet they feel like the commoners and peasants shouldn’t be allowed to purchase or own something that can keep them safe from very legitimate threats.


We have seen active shooter incidents increase in modern times as behavioral and mental health disorders, as well as chemical dependencies, have become more abundant. We have seen more rioting, looting, burning and senseless violence erupt in an instant over the last decade than we had in the century prior. We have seen multiple proven incidents of "sleeper cells" from foreign terrorist organizations strike here on American soil. We have seen emergency services so overwhelmed by anarchists that they were completely unable to respond to citizens’ calls to 9-1-1, while business employees were being assaulted, burglarized and even shot to death… yet these elitist jackoffs want to sit on their taxpayer funded pedestal and say that citizens should not have access to an affordable layer of protection that they can keep on hand to preserve their own life.


What bothers me more is that the bill’s title includes “the responsible ownership” and then goes on to ban body armor except for current or retired Public Safety personnel, blatantly saying that these politicians believe that only LEO’s are responsible enough to be trusted with anything. The same LEO's that they're constantly throwing under the bus to gain public favor and trying to defund or eliminate. What a contradiction.


I serve the public dealing with violent idiots all day, many of whom are in possession of weapons, yet I have never once believed that law abiding citizens should be banned from firearms or body armor ownership. I also like to discuss opinions with other folks in the community and I’ve never once had an Officer say to me that they believe body armor should be banned for citizens. What I have seen first-hand on countless occasions as a firearms instructor is Public Safety folks and citizens attending courses together, all wearing plate carriers loaded with rifle armor, and discussing how necessary the equipment is in modern times for everyone that doesn't want to lay down and be a victim. So this isn’t an idea that is coming from the line-level. Just because I would be exempt from this bill does not mean that I’m comfortable sitting back and letting it pass without notice. Letting it go on and having an “it doesn’t affect me” attitude is wrong, as indifference to the tyranny of citizens is just as wrong as taking part in it.


I am not special. No persons exempt from this bill is special. Nobody in congress is special. Anyone in public service who believes they are special and deserving of a higher level of protection than that of the citizen needs to admit that they are a steaming shit-sack and resign from their position immediately.


Think about something before allowing this bill to slide on by. We know that rifles are used in an incredibly small percentage of criminal homicides, yet these elitist politicians routinely push for the banning of rifles. Now these same politicians are wanting to prohibit the ownership of armor that would keep you from taking a rifle round to the chest. Do the math on those two things and you’ll see that these politicians are blatantly saying “We want to have you outgunned”.


Never believe that there isn’t an ulterior motive.



Author:

Michael is a lifelong Arizona native, avid hunter and unwavering supporter of the Second Amendment and all of this great Nation’s founding documents. He is currently employed with a County Government Security Department within the state of Arizona, with prior work experience in the Judicial field, as well as private sector security contracting. Michael currently holds multiple certifications and licenses related to Firearms Instructing. He has a degree in Administration of Justice, with aspirations of attending law school.

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