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The alarming rate of school shootings across the country appears to have added an unsettling new item to parents' list of "back to school" items: bulletproof armor for their children. Among such items, the Bodyguard Blanket, a portable, bulletproof covering for children, has seen its sales exceed its manufacturer's expectations in less than two weeks on the market.
Stan Schone, managing partner at manufacturer ProTecht, told The Huffington Post that consumer response to the product has "far exceeded our wildest expectations" in the 10 days that the blanket has been available for purchase. As reported first in the Oklahoman, the blanket was conceived to protect children during natural disasters.
The blanket is made "with the same bullet resistant materials that shield our soldiers in battle," according to one advertisement. In the event of a tornado -- or shooting -- children can wrap themselves in the blanket in a duck-and-cover position to shield from bullets, debris or other projectiles.
Parents are sending children to school in stab-proof uniforms to guard against knife crime, it has emerged.
Children as young as 10 have also asked for the body armour, some because they are scared for their lives and others as a badge of honour.
Australian parents desperate to protect children from attacks by thugs have begun ordering stab-proof tops from a British clothing firm.
"When I was growing up you never heard of anyone carrying a knife and if someone was stabbed it was major news.
"But now even in smaller suburbs and towns you hear about it every week and there's no age restrictions."
"We're trying to stop that blunt-force trauma when that rubble is falling down on a child, for instance," said Walker, a podiatrist from Edmond.
At $1,000 per blanket, he and others with the company say buying one per student would be less expensive than building tornado shelters.
"By no means would we ever say that this is more protective," Walker said. "But when you have budget constraints, this might be a viable alternative."
Mr. Padgett got the weapons from his family home. Although they were secured, "he defeated the security measures," the police chief said.
originally posted by: Fylgje
a reply to: muse7
Yep. The problem is some people who own guns aren't being responsible gun owners. Instead of keeping trigger locks on their weapons, and keeping them locked in a gun safe, somehow their kids have access to their guns. The parents should be charged with the crime. The day that bullet proof blankets become a hot commodity then it tells you the state of that neighborhood. I bet not one of those blankets were sold outside of liberal-controlled inner cities who have serious gun control laws. amirite?