Bulletproof Backpacks and Armed Security at Schools — Is This What We've Come To?

Sales of bulletproof backpacks soared after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and now the National Rifle Association has called for schools to have armed security. Is this our new reality?

The Washington Post reported that following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, the sale of bulletproof backpacks sored.

Bullet Blocker, a company that sells these backpacks, reported a jump in sales following the shooting from 15 to 20 backpacks a week to 50 to 100 per day.

In Arizona, Amendment II, a body-armor manufacturer, reported its sales of bulletproof backpacks had jumped more than 500 percent and the Washington Post reported a survivalist company in New Hampshire is promoting armored backpack inserts.

called on citizens to arm those in positions of authority who safeguard our children.

"We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it."

So is this what we have come to now, bulletproof backpacks and armed security guarding our children as they learn? What are your views on these measures — the obvious answer to today's violent society? Or do you think there is another way to address these issues? 

Neil Stapley December 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM
As John Stewart put on his talk regarding BS mountain those who live on BS mountain believe are problems are magnituded while the solutions are simplified. I am sure you will be just fine if we fall off the cliff. The fact that this whole crisis is a myth and political theatre the fact that both sides get exactly what they want by not doing a deal shows there is no motivation in Washington to do anything. The democrats get their tax rises and the Republicans get their spending cuts.
Jimmy December 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I didnt argue your facts George because they are irrelevant. You went thru great lengths to loosely tie together a bunch of people who disagree with you politically and attempt to slander them as responsible for some nut job killing kids. An ad hominem response was about what you deserved. Getting back to the point of the story, I overheard someone say the other day that we have had semi-automatic weapons since the 1800s, and we have had public schools since the 1600s...but for some reason we havent had a problem with the two of them at the same time until the last 15 years or so. It would seem then that the problem isnt necessarily the school or the gun (or the political money trail). We guard banks, jewelry stores, armored cars, airports, stadiums, etc...but not schools. Why not?
Tammy Osier December 28, 2012 at 03:26 PM
@ Jimmy. great response! Yep. There is another variable in there somewhere that doesn't fit the puzzle. I learned that in college. You have to have the big picture before coming to a conclusion. And yes, it's Bush's fault! :)
Tammy Osier December 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
@ Becky. You may not have the money to do anything after your taxes go up but joe biden and congress will. They just got a raise. I wonder if the evil republicans got one too (supposed to spread it around to keep it fair, ya know)? lol
Stormin January 08, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Guns don't kill people, psych drugs kill people.


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