Time to criminalise the wearing of Body Armour by convicted criminals!
Many of the Hundreds of Irish Criminals wear Body Armour on a day to day basis. An armed Criminal confronting a Garda or indeed an innocent civilian is impervious to the bullets fired from a standard Garda 9mm round or indeed a .38 special round also used by Gardai.
Only special weapons with high powered rifle bullets or bullets from the H&K MP7 can penetrate class 3 body armour, as shooting at the center of body mass is ineffective if the criminal is wearing body armour!
The Gardai's 2 inch barrel .38 Smith and Wesson's are not suitable for making head shots on criminals wearing body armour.
Many States in the US have made it a criminal offence for felons to wear body armour. Our Jurisdiction should also consider following suit and impose a mandatory 5 year sentence for convicted criminals wearing body armour.
Criminals in fear of their lives should simply leave the Jurisdiction!
We should also provide class 3 body armour to all our armed Gardai, and provide weapons in calibers capable of defeating class 3 body armour to all Armed Gardai.
Body armour has becme an essential tool of the gangsters and godfathers in gangland. Time to take away those tools!