Under the Trump administration, we have become a nation that is sent into chaos at the sound of a vehicle backfiring. Parents worry about their children’s safety at school and active shooter drills have become part of children’s school routines.
Mass shootings have left us anxiety-ridden and fearful. The world we live in now includes being extra cautious of our surroundings and for many avoiding places where a lot of people gather. A sign of these gun violent times is the grotesquerie, sales of bulletproof backpacks, which are up as much as 200% as frantic parents take all steps necessary to keep their children safe within the public school system.
After the mass shootings in California, Texas, and Ohio is it really any wonder that many parents feel the need to send their children back to school in backpacks with images of fairy princesses and Marvel comic book characters that are emblazoned with anti-ballistic armor?
Even if you put the rash of recent mass shootings to the side roughly 100 Americans a day die from guns in what is called “routine” shootings.
Marisol Rodriguez a mother from Miami, Florida is considering a bulletproof backpack for her teenager.
“Do I have that much money to spend on it? No, I do not,” she says, “But am I willing to work the hours and the time to do what I have to do as a mother to protect my child? I will.”
Eric Swanson purchased a bulletproof backpack for his child.
“They can protect children in a way that doesn’t require them to think about it other than pull the thing up.”
These bulletproof backpacks stand up to handguns, but they are not built to stop more powerful weapons like an AR-15 or AK-47.
Bulletproof backpacks can cost between $100-$300.
Several manufacturers have reported a huge spike in sales after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
A San Francisco company is offering another option: a bulletproof hoodie for adults and children called the Wonder Hoodie.
Vy Tran is the founder and creator of Wonder Hoodie. She describes it as “a hoodie that has a bulletproof vest ingrained inside, so you can zip it on and off.” The Wonder Hoodie is like most bulletproof backpacks is designed to only protect against handguns.
“We always see spikes in sales in the days or weeks after shootings,” says Steve Naremore, CEO of Houston-based TuffyPacks. “Our demographic is parents with kids…It’s a real morbid niche.”
It is also a profitable niche and that is why you can now find bulletproof backpacks on store shelves.
“These companies are capitalizing on parents’ fears,” charges one mom demanding action. “We’re asking children to stand up to gunmen because lawmakers are too scared to stand up to the gun lobby. (These products) shouldn’t exist.”
It is very clear that under the Trump administration we need immediate action when it comes to strengthening control policies. The longer we wait the more people will die