Should body armor be legal?
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 civilians’ access 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. Why 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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How can a box fish help shape the future of armor?
In a recent study conducted at the University of California, in San Francisco, a team of engineers have studied the biological structure of the Box Fish. The outlying structure of this animal has drawn the attention of body armor producers. The research found by this team could alter the way all companies make their armor. The box fish has been able to survive for years against far larger predators because of their outlying structure. In turn, organizations like the Air Force have now taken measures to try to implement the technology in future armor. But what exactly is all the hype?
The Box Fish
The Box Fish is a bony marine fish that is in the Tetradontiformes, this family of fish are known for their biological modifications that they have evolved to form. It gets its name from its unusual shape caused from its protective hard armor. This fish also has several names in which it is referred to,including trunk fish, cowfish, and coffer fish. Although, the box fish moves extremely slowly, it has several additions that aide in its survival. These include a hard armor surrounding all the vital insides of the fish, and a poisonous secretion in reply to tense situations. The poisonous secretion can only be triggered if the Box Fish is threaten. The armor on the Box Fish is a tradeoff, it protects against possible predators, but makes their movement much slower. However, what it lacks in speed it makes up for in protection. The outlying armor that surrounds the Box Fish is what has caught the eyes of Body Armor specialist.
The Inspiration behind the Change
The outside arrangement and anatomy of the scales of the Box Fish, are the focal point of the inspiration behind reforming the structure of body armor. The armor itself is comparable to an infant skull, it develops and grows as the animal matures. The scales, referred to as scutes, are connected by sutores, and eventually fused together as one. Their zig zag pattern eventually locks into a strong structure. The shape of the scales is the first interesting piece to this puzzle. The hexagonal shaped scales, are not notably known to be apart any other animal but the bonefish, although they do overlap like majority of fish scales. Their over lapping shape makes for a strong and reliable structure. In addition to overlapping the shape of the borders of the scales makes this overlapping of the hard scales, allows for complete protection with no weak penetrable areas. Another interesting aspect of the scales is that there is a star shaped structure in the middle that covers the scales and applies pressure. The other interesting aspect and one of the highest curiosity, is the addition of the underlying layer of collagen fibers. These fibers act as a stabilizer in the instance a predator does penetrate the outlying scales. If such an occurrence were to happen the collagen stabilizes the structure so it may not be compromised, and thus the assumption is that it assist with no further penetration. This unique structure has caught the eye of several military and engineering researchers.
What that means for body armor?
The application of this bio technology could be used to produce a whole new category of armor. The numerous observations and studies conducted have shown that the reinforcement if the outer shell makes its nearly implausible for predators to penetrate the structure. If applied to body armor, we could create a structure that has a whole new level of ballistic protection.
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When Should You Wear A Bulletproof Vest?
Wearing a bulletproof vest in today’s society has become a necessity. In these past few months, we have experienced a plethora of unfortunate tragedies that have left us fearful of the future. Just a few months ago in Orlando, Florida, 49 people were killed when a man with an assault rifle fired inside of Pulse Night Club. This tragic event left the world in shock. Individuals no longer found a desire to go out and have a good time due to the fact that it could be life threating. Incidents like these are instances in which if a bulletproof vest was worn, some fatalities could have been prevented.
Being an Uber Driver is a case in which a Bulletproof Vest could be very beneficial. Driving strangers can be nervous and dangerous for the driver. Majority of the time, drivers have no issues and are safe transporting individuals to and from their destinations. While they are usually safe, there have been multiple reports on which drivers have been attacked. Bulletproof Vest are both stab and bullet resistant and could protect the driver when loading and removing luggage for individuals and when transporting them as well. Just as the vest can be beneficial for the driver, it could also be useful for the riders as well. Riders are sometimes catching Uber rides late at night and sometimes they are not natives to the city that they are in. Drivers could easily take a rider to a strange location and cause bodily harm. By wearing a vest, it could help in making sure the rider and the driver are safe.
On Wednesday March 22nd, there was a terrorist incident at the Houses of Parliament. Khalid Masood, 52, drove a car over Westminster Bridge mounting the pavement and hitting 20 pedestrians. According to theguardian.com, Masood jumps out of the car carrying two knives and rushes through the gates into New Palace Yard, where he attacks two yellow-jacketed male police officers at the security gates. PC Keith Palmer, 48, who was unarmed, is repeatedly stabbed and falls to the ground. Masood tries to run but is shot several times by plainclothes officers. Police confirm that four people have died, including the police and the attacker. Isis claims responsibility for the attack, praising Masood as a “solider of Islamic State”. This tragic event demonstrates the importance of wearing a bulletproof vest especially when traveling. Of the people injured included was an American tourist. While this was an accident in UK, we must realize that this could even happen to us here in the US. Wearing a bulletproof vest could have prevented injures by those who were stabbed. #PrayforLondon
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The Big Question
Body armor be a wonderful device that can be used to protect the lives of many people in troublesome times. Normally, some people would think that it should be easy and simple to buy body armor anywhere in the United States; however, this is not always the deal. There are different conditions that each state requires sellers and buyers to meet before any body armor can be purchased or sold. However, which states allow the purchasing and selling of body armor and which state do not?
States that have issues with body armor.
Normally, it is allowed in most states in the U.S. to both sell and purchase body armor. However, the question that we are stuck with is, “which states have issues with selling or purchasing body armor?” To name a few, according to safegaurdarmor.com, Connecticut has a rule where you must purchase the body armor face-to-face with the individual selling that said body armor. It is illegal to purchase any type of body armor over the internet, over the phone, or even by mail; it must be done in person. There are also some states that have issues with individuals who have criminal records to purchase body armor. A state that can be used as an example would be Kentucky. If someone attempts to purchase said body armor and it turns out that they have some form of criminal history on record, that person will have their purchase rejected. Also, if someone commits a crime while having body armor on or even having body armor on their person, this can also be considered a crime. However, if the individuals who is purchasing the body armor does not have any form of criminal history, they will be free to purchase and use the bullet proof vest.
In some states such as Louisiana, according to bulletsafe.com, it has similar rules to Kentucky in the sense that individuals who have a criminal record are not allowed to purchase or wear body armor. Anyone who commits a crime while wearing or in possession of body armor will also be charged. There is however another rule that comes into play. According to safeguardarmor.com, body armor cannot be worn on school grounds.
Many states have different regulations on the purchase of body armor, so it is best to consult your local court house or even a quick internet search to know the boundaries of your state. Below is a video that gives a brief recap on what was just discussed, it particularly talks about issues in Boston and how civilians that commit felonies have body armor.
States that are fine with body armor
As done with the states that have issues with body armor, there will be an example of a state that is fine with body armor laws. A state that can be considered would be Florida. Body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face by a person and it is legal to wear that armor. Of course, it is illegal to wear the armor during the commission of a crime according to bullsetsafe.com, but that is just considering standards and regulations to protect the innocent.
Overall, a lot of states have the same rules when it comes to owning or using body armor. Except for a few such as Connecticut, Louisiana, Kentucky and New York; buying and selling body armor is never really an issue that people would run into. The law normally circulates around criminal behavior and where you can wear body armor at.
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Is there a need for protection to travel?
In this modern day and age filled with advanced monitoring and securing technology, a civilian should feel safe to travel freely. America was founded on ideals of freedom and inalienable rights for all people, however, there has been a statistical spike in domestically incubated attacks, the most recent being the Ft. Lauderdale airport attack on the evening of January 6, 2017. According to police and civilian testimony on the evening in question, the suspected shooter, Esteban Santiago, was able to get a loaded weapon into the airport and quickly open fire on a crowd accumulated at the baggage claim, resulting in 5 innocent civilians that were killed and 8 were drastically injured. In a post 9/11 secured airport, a lot of the population are forced to wonder, “How it was possible that Santiago was able to infiltrate with a loaded weapon?”. According to TSA security standards, fire arms can be transported in a checked bag while contained in a locked, hard shell box that can only be opened by the owner. In addition, all bullets must be in carry on, this is to assert the idea that because the ammunition is separated from the fire arm then one cannot use the firearm on flight. This clause, usually used by hunters, has not been exploited for an attack since the 1972 shooting by Japanese Red Army in Tel Aviv. With the misuse of this stipulation has caused a surge in questions of national security in airports. The alleged shooter is a veteran who was relieved from the National Guard in 2011. He also had a recent and increasing history of domestic violence with in the year prior to shooting. The suspect has even been reported to have contacted authorities in April, stating that he was suffering from terroristic thoughts and was seeking help. Following contact with Alaskan FBI agents, he was put on a 72 hour psych hold, then he was released; with the stipulation of follow up appointments and medication. He also had a recent and increasing history of police encounters and domestic violence. After all these red flags, security stipulations, and evaluation, he was still able to gain his fire arm back from the agency.
Surge in Uncertainty
This causes a lot of uncertainty to the idea that we all are protected and shielded from these types of attacks. We often see it in other countries, but never think it could or would happen to us for we are the land of the free. But the reality is, we are living in a time where no one person can guarantee safety, for you or your loved ones. So why not take matters into your own hands, by investing in preventative measures. By investing in your own safety standard, you can gain a sense of peace in these turbulent times. Purchasing a bullet proof vest is a precautionary measure that could one day be the difference between survival and death. Not just any vest, you should invest in one that ensures quality, adheres and exceeds to government NIJ standards.
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