Feb 19 2017
Swedish Parliament considers ban on sale of bulletproof vests in an effort to crack down on Swedish citizens trying to protect themselves.
Speisa (h/t Linda R) Allan Widman, chairman of the Swedish parliamentary defense committee, demands that individuals are prohibited from wearing bulletproof vests to protect themselves from the increasing violence, which he believes will increase further without a ban, reports Sydsvenskan.
Widman has written a bill to the parliament in which he demands that it should be illegal and punishable for individuals to wear body armor – which is classified as military equipment – in the public place.
The reason for this is that many young criminals wear bulletproof vests, and Widman believes that that the protective vests contribute to escalate the level of violence in the Swedish society – and that a ban could lower it. I believe that the sense of personal security that wearing armor gives, helps to lower the threshold for the use of serious violence, he says.
Just a few weeks ago, a bulletproof vest probably saved the life of a 18-year-old in Malmö, and more people, not just criminals, buy and wear bulletproof vests in the increasingly tougher Swedish society, where bullets some times fly right beside hand grenades. But now the Swedes better take cover and hope that they have very robust skin.
What’s more, the Swedish ambulance union is demanding military grade protection gear to enter the 55 Muslim no-go zones, since the attacks are growing too frequent and too severe.
The list of incidents ranges from slashed tires and smashed windshields to physical violence with machetes and firearms. Blinding drivers with green lasers in an attempt to make them crash is another popular pastime in the no-go zones; this growing sport also frequently afflicts bus drivers, taxis, mailmen, fire trucks and delivery services.
“We need the paramedics to be prepared when entering these hot zones,” said union leader Henrik Johansson. “They need riot helmets, bulletproof vests, shin guards and holsterpacks. That’s the equipment needed to work in this environment. Of course, they also [need to be] equipped with gas masks.”
“So they’ll look like riot police?” The reporter asked. “No, I’d say military grade gear is called for.”
Rosengard, which has received media attention as the “most notorious refugee ghetto” of Sweden, has an over 80 percent migrant population, predominantly of Middle Eastern and African Muslim origin. It has repeatedly been a scene of gang and multi-ethnic violence and is prone to social unrest, with less than 40 percent of its residents having a job.
“Malmö police are currently investigating 11 murders and 80 attempted murders. Add to that other crimes of violence, beatings, rapes, thefts and frauds,” Senteus said, admitting his department is “extremely strained” by a lack of staff. It is not the first time that Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden and home to a large Muslim migrant population, has raised the alarm about the increasing wave of violence. In July last year, a spate of shootings, blasts and arsons that followed the sentencing of three men for complicity in the Christmas Eve bombing in Rosengard prompted the local police force to appeal to their colleagues at a national level for “shared expertise.”