Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sales Soar For Bulletproof Backpacks, Assault Weapons Since CT Massacre

In a tragic commentary on the level of gun violence in America, sales are soaring for armored backpacks for children and assault weapons since the Connecticut school massacre. The backpacks, however, won't stop bullets fired from assault weapons:

The reaction to the deadly Connecticut school shooting can be seen at gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation, with anxious parents buying armored backpacks for children and firearms enthusiasts stocking up on semi-automatic rifles in anticipation of tighter gun control measures.

While a spike in gun sales is common after a mass shooting, the latest rampage has generated record sales in some states, particularly of assault weapons.

...There was also an unusual increase in sales for armored backpacks designed to shield children caught in shootings, according to three companies that make them.

The armor inserts fit into the back panel of a child’s backpack, and sell for up to $400, depending on the retailer. The armor is designed to stop bullets from handguns, not assault weapons like the one used in the shooting at the Newtown, Conn., school.

Manufacturers and some parents say that while they don’t guarantee children won’t be killed, they could be useful shields.

Some experts, however, say sending children to school in armored backpacks is not a healthy response to fear about mass shootings. Anne Marie Albano, psychiatry director at Columbia University’s Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, said parents should convey calmness, not anxiety.

‘‘This is not serving to keep children safe,’’ she said. ‘‘This is serving to increase their fear and their suspicion of their peers.’’

Image: Think Progress


Jon Rector, editor of the Oracle said...

It's stories like this that reveal how ball-bustingly stupid so many in this country have become. Scared stupid, I suppose - and some, down right seditious.

Buying an arsenal so that you can overthrow the government of the United States if you don't agree with it is an act of treason. And, these people call themselves patriots?

Also, "The backpacks, however, won't stop bullets fired from assault weapons" - actually, a concrete cinder block won't stop a round from a 5.56 mm assault rifle.

I can only shake my head in disbelief at what seems to be happening in this once proud nation.

Hopefully sanity will re-emerge in 2013.

Jeff Tone said...

Also, believing that one can overcome the might of the American military shows supreme stupidity.

At least right now, there is a dialogue taking place about the need for more gun control. One only hopes that the outrage won't fade since the Sandy Hook massacre, and we'll have some real legislation in 2013.

Thanks as always for your insights, Jon. All the best to you in the new year.

Michael The Molar Maven said...

And now Marlboro Township, NJ will place an armed guard in each of their schools, taking the advice of Wayne LaPierre. Perhaps this is an attempt to save parents from the added expense of these bullet-proof back-packs. Always thinking...

Jeff Tone said...

I hope everyone there remains safe. Tragically, this didn't work at Columbine. It is also no substitute for sensible, desperately needed gun control.