A new Bermuda website has launched selling bullet proof vests, which range in price from $600 to $800. The link for the website — called IslandArmor — was originally left as a comment on the Bernews article on the recent Woody’s firearm incident, and prompted discussion whether selling the vests in Bermuda was appropriate or not.
After checking whether this service was legal, we asked the Company for more information about themselves and their services and they explained that they believe that in these “unfortunate times where citizens fear for their lives” they should be able to protect themselves against those that aim to do harm.
They declined to identify themselves, saying they would like to remain anonymous. They said their inspiration for starting this business was their experience of being a bystander at a shooting, and said their products are not intended to take lives, but to save them.
Their reply to our questions is printed verbatim below:
Island Armor believes that in these unfortunate times, where citizens fear for their lives one way or another, they should be able to protect themselves against those that aim to do harm. We are giving citizens an opportunity for that protection.
There are those that may criticize us but if we have to save the life of one gang member in order to save the lives of ten innocent bystanders we consider our service ethical. To those that may say we are encouraging gang activities, it has been happening before Island Armor and will continue to happen after Island Armor.
We aim to give assurance to those such as security personnel, taxi drivers, law enforcement and other professions were they may feel endangered while doing there job. Our motto is ” I’d rather have one and not need it, than need it and not have one” we at Island Armor stand by this.
To answer some of your questions, first off we would like to remain anonymous. We have only recently setup and as yet don’t have a headquarters or an office space. We have reached out to the Bermuda Police Service as notice of our company. We can not be 100% accurate as to who we sell our products to, but our products are not intended to take lives, but to save them.
We can not guarantee that they won’t fall into the hands of criminals, but if someone feels their life is threaten they should be able to protect them self. In regards to sales and other business info we would like to keep that confidential.
Our inspiration for starting this business is the experience of being a bystander at a shooting and choosing to not let that stop us from going out. We will not let circumstances control us, we will control circumstances.
Update 9.02pm: The website appears to have been taken down.
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