Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Suggestion: Body Armor

I still remember the shootout outside a Bank of America on Laurel Canyon Blvd. in North Hollywood in which two idiots in full body armor and armed with assault weapons were able to hold off dozens of police for hours. 

We're hearing a lot about assault weapons lately, but I think the issue of body armor deserves a little of our attention.  Here in California, if you use a gun in the commission of a crime, you automatically get five years added on to your sentence.  Along those lines, I suggest the following:

1.  Anyone who is convicted of a violent crime while wearing body armor will get an automatic 5 years additional sentence.

2.  In the case of a death resulting from a crime, the wearing of body armor by the perpetrator shall be considered evidence of premeditation, and shall automatically result in first degree murder charges.

I know this is a lesser issue, compared to the three hundred million guns we are plagued with, but I think it would be a good idea to include something like this in any upcoming firearms regulations.