It isn't difficult to understand that even a 6-foot-5, 230-pound wide receiver like Burress would want some form of personal protection when out on the town, especially after what had happened to fellow players Darrent Williams and Sean Taylor. But in these once-free United States you must first get permission from the government before you are allowed to take steps to protect yourself.
Burress threatened no one else and injured no one but himself. In my opinion, the physical pain and humiliation associated with a careless, self-inflicted gunshot wound is punishment enough.
Alas, only "qualified" law enforcement officers are allowed to get off that easily...