Bulletproof backpacks on the rise
SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah - Instead of arming kids with a gun in the wake of Connecticut's deadly shooting, some parents are turning to school supplies to protect them!
For years people have been saying backpacks are bad for your health. But, if sales for a certain type of backpack are any indicatior, people are banking on those bags to save their kids lives!
"Excellent for little boys of course, and again the armor's just in this back panel here," said Rich Brand as he showed off the bulletproof backpack from his company, Amendment II. The backpacks are lined with material that can stop handgun rounds.
The company makes most of its money off of lightweight ballistic vests for police officers and soldiers.
"The concept came up as things happened at schools; children need protection as well," Brand said.
The popularity of children's body armor and backpacks used to be a gun show novelty. Now, the company is expanding it's sales worldwide! Sales have skyrocketed since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting with people looking to anything to protect their children.
"Our armor was being bought to protect people, the preppers, is the term," said Brand. "At this point, it's transcended to everyone. Anyone who's sending out a child into the world, seeing what can happen now, they want to protect their children."
FOX 4 took this new fad to Facebook asking on the FOX 4 Now page if you would consider something like this for your child! Here's what some of you had to say.
Wanda says: "They have that?! Holey moley, yes and yes!"
"So what do you do, put the kid in the backpack? What if they are getting shot at from behind?" - Rob
Mike: "If it will *assist* in protecting my 8-year-old daughter, then I am all for it."
Maureen: "Unfortunately none of these angels would have benefited from these items as they were in class and their backpacks were stored in their cubbies, I say we place some type of presence in schools to deter the deranged from thinking they will no longer have a path of least resistance."
The site for Amendment II crashed this week from the large volume of people.
The backpacks sell for anywhere from $150 to $300.