To the unintelligent, this may sound smart, but read the article to discover the reasoning behind it, and thus the reason why this is such a dumb ass law.
"On Jan. 20, an armed man suspected of killing eight people in Virginia was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was apprehended by police. On March 19, a parolee with 19 arrests and four convictions was found wearing body armor after a high-speed chase in Los Angeles."What Senator Padilla and Gov Schwarzenegger are saying is, a guy who would murdered eight people with a rifle, and a guy with 19 arrests and many violent convictions would now opt out on putting on their body armor before heading out for a night of mayhem, all because of this shiny new law and it's mandated 2 - 3 year sentencing.
Beware all you wannabe killers out there: if you already have a violent felony conviction or three, that ninety year sentence that you scoff at could wind up to be a ninety two year sentence. Best leave your second chance at home.
Next on the legislative agenda is a law to make thinking violent thoughts a felony. You know, why doesn't California pass a law mandating world peace? Seems logical, right?
Lawmakers really are as dumb as a box of rocks.