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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? 

jim armstrong December 24, 2012 at 03:45 PM
We will do what we can, but there is one fact we seem to hide from talking about. Like 911, an other horrific incidents, IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. Different scenarios, different locations, different lead ups. To paraphrase the bible "...the mentally ill are with us always..." We can make it more difficult, but 100% security is not possible.
jim armstrong December 24, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Your reference to "armed kids" tends to mean just that kids(maybe under the age of legally possessing a firearm No mention of college aged people, as in the case of Virginia Tech I agree with NOT having students armed, leave security to the 'professionals', hopefully trained to handle crisis like what happened Also to me, schools at any level should incorporate design features that incorporate only one entrance/exit and the rest exit only doors and windows. If you try to break in, a HUGE alarm goes off (also goes off when someone uses them to exit, when there's a need to exit from a danger, who cares if the alarm goes off). Also either no windows on the doors, (or too small to be able to break in with). Windows that are impossible to use to gain entrance. One way to easily enter, (front door, guarded) classroom doors that can be locked down from a central location as well as from within the room, There are security measures that CAN be instituted that, while not 100%, at least make the school easier to secure I would offer this to piers anthony, the brit that demands that firearms be banned, like his british isles have it. We, Americans, after beating the crap out of the brits, TWICE and rescuing them TWICE, instituted a constitution that gave us protections, partially from the dimwits that still have english citizenship. Good ole piers' ranting and raving makes us more resolute than ever to keep the 2nd Amendment of OUR Constitution in place and active.
George Wilson December 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
When you are in trouble with a position, like Wayne LaPierre and the NRA, you do what most people do: 1. Change the subject (guards needed in schools) 2. Blame it on someone else (the media and the entertainment business) 3. Deny it (when did guns become the villain asked Wayne LaPierre rhetorically during his news conference?) Let's start from the top with number one. Most schools have security officers, Virginia Tech and Columbine did and many schools already do. Do we also include guards at most locations where people congregate; ie, movies, ball games, etc.? The expense for schools would be about 6.7 billion dollars .Who pays? The Republicans have over the last ten years cut five billion from schools in Georgia. Where will schools get the money? Perhaps a special tax on bullets and guns could be passed? Lets' take the number two argument. Japan is noted for its extremely violent video games yet the per capita deaths by guns is very small .This also applies to Germany,Canada,Great Britain, and other countries they also looks at the same movies we do and play the same video games. The number three argument is the gun industry is enjoying a boom with 5 % of the world's population the United state owns 50% of all guns. Wayne LaPierre is paid over one million dollars a years in salary. This money comes from the gun industry and the 4 million members that the NRA keeps in a constant state of agitation and fear in order to keep the money coming in.
Tammy Osier December 24, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Jim, you are right. But we still keep working ithe scenes to deal with the human nature that can be changed. Not all can or will, but some can and will and that's a start. I talked to a kid in jail last night, who came back to jail because she feels safe there. The kid is of age now, so can go out into the world to make a life for herself finally. Thankfully, she had the volunteers and people that work there in the system keeping her safe for all those years from a really crappy homelife of crazies. She was one who learned and paid attention at those who were trying to help her. It's a shame that a kid feels safer in jail than her home, but it's a fact of life these days. Good news, is that she is now headed to college and a new job and hopefully, a new life. Imagine had she had no intervention at all. The intervention is out there. It would be nice if the government wants to do good things with the people's money, use it towards programs in and out of jail for rehabilitation and a chance at a new life. That's where the answers lie, not in stale (misguided) anti-gun statistics thrown out over liberal airwaves to further an agenda that will line the pockets of politicians and make their followers look like they know something.
John B December 24, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I wonder if the POTUS is willing to shed all of his gun toting body guards in the spirit of gun control....that would be leading by example and something I could respect...
Michael k December 24, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I wish the NRA had come out with a more complete message. I support the use of guns for hunting and for protecting a person/property/family but the complete solution to a psychotic young man bringing a semi-automatic weapon into a crowded place (school, mall, movie theater, etc...) and killing multiple people isn't to staff schools with police officers. Having a SRO is part of the solution but it certainly is not the whole solution and Wayne LaPierre gave no indication that he was willing to participate in any meaningful discussion that addressed methods to remove/restrict access to guns by individuals who shouldn't have them or to the types of guns and magazines they shouldn't access. If the NRA was involved in finding a solution it would help lend it credibility to 50%+ of the country. By refusing to help it leaves any solution that is offered up to automatically be branded as an attack on freedom by crazy lefties. It is a shame when people in positions of leadership can't step outside their own fiefdom and try to help solve a bigger problem.
Tammy Osier December 24, 2012 at 08:42 PM
MK, what do you suggest they do? All our government has managed to do is say let's get gun control laws (which we already have). John B., of course not.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM
After all we commonly refer to many in DC as LAWMAKERS, not "law followers" or even "law stewards”. They do what they believe they were sent to do, which for lawyers is to MAKE laws and leave a mark for the “centuries to come”... Often, like batteries elsewhere I’m afraid “logic is often NOT included*”
George Wilson December 25, 2012 at 07:05 PM
@Michael K The NRA is run by the gunand ammunition manufactures and Wayne Lapierre is nothing more than a high paid lobbyist (one million a year).That was what I expected.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 25, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Speaking as a member with an insider's knowledge?
jim armstrong December 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
you, in essense, have become Pierre, read your comments back to yourself and you might see how you have fulfilled all your reasons 1-3
George Wilson December 26, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Lets play follow the money and responsibility for the massacre at Sandy Hook. The military-style semi automatic assault weapon used to kill most of the victims in last week's Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut was a Bushmaster XM-15 .223 caliber rifle, manufactured by Bushmaster Firearms International LLC, which is owned by the Freedom Group of Madison, N.C. Cerberus Capital Management is a the private equity firm that owns the Freedom Group -based in New York City, Cerberus is owned by billionaire financier Stephen A. Feinberg. Freedom Group is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial firearms, ammunition and accessories, owning brands that in addition to Bushmaster include Remington, DPMS/Panther Arms, Marlin, H&R, The Parker Gun, Advanced Armament Corp., Dakota Arms, Para USA, Barnes Bullets and TAPCO. Despite the sluggish economy, the Freedom Group has been doing well, with sales up 20 percent in the third quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, according to its third-quarter financial report. Sales made to Arkansas-based Wal-Mart accounts for a substantial portion of the company's total sales at about 13 percent. George Kollitides, the chair and interim CEO of the Freedom Group, is a major Republican donor. A former managing director for Cerberus, he contributed $10,000 to the Republican National Committee in October and $2,500 to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in May .
Tammy Osier December 26, 2012 at 03:28 PM
@ Jim and R - exactly. Which is why you haven't seen me here for several days. I'm waiting for the real conversation to start up again - not just talking points. lol
Jimmy December 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM
George, you have posted the same ridiculous crap on couple of different threads the last few days. Everybody has ignored you so far because we were hoping that in the spirit of Christmas, you would stop the idiocy for a couple of days. I apologize for giving you that much credit. Why dont you just say it, you know you want to- its Bush's fault! Clown.
Becky December 27, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Who is Piers Anthony?
Becky December 27, 2012 at 01:48 PM
AMEN
Tammy Osier December 27, 2012 at 01:54 PM
You can't use other countries as examples. too many variables involved that don't match up. Lack of parental authority in the home is one. It has been young men. Young. Each allowed to hole up and obsess on violent video games. Mental illness might be why they want to do that. I'm getting ready to start my tough love parenting columns again. I hope that we can discuss this part of the picture and get some answers to at least, one part of the puzzle.
Becky December 27, 2012 at 01:58 PM
There will be no real conversation because those on the left will never understand that bad people will get guns whether or not there is gun control put in place. The kids that shot up the classroom did not own the guns, they were his mother's. If they hadn't been hers, he would have stolen them from someone else. I just don't understand why people don't get this. If someone wants to do harm, they will find a way to do harm. Obviously they don't give a rat's behind about laws or they wouldn't be killing people in the first place.
Becky December 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Oh my bad, Tammy. LOL And yes, I just read about the new tax rates. Ridiculous. We'll be spending a lot of time at home because we won't have money to do anything. Totally insane to try to debate this with people who refuse to read the writing on the wall. Have a good one.
George Wilson December 27, 2012 at 05:28 PM
@Jimmy Don't read my facts as presented...it's a free country.@ Argumentum ad Hominem is a fallacy in argument/logic .Either argue the points presented or quit with the school yard blather. It hurts your credibility.
George Wilson December 27, 2012 at 05:35 PM
@Tammy Osier The one variable that is constant in all of the major industrialized countries is sensible gun regulations.This accounts for the lower number of deaths by guns.
George Wilson December 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
@Tammy and Becky If the tax rates go up , it will be the Republican congresses fault.
Neil Stapley December 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM
So can we deport for attacking the constitution mainly his right to freely express his views under the first ammendment. Lots of hypocrisy going on at the moment.
Neil Stapley December 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Tammy you can totally use other contries as examples, the same issues affecting families in the US are the same issues effecting families in the UK. The Movies the kids are watching in Berlin are the same movies the kids in Baltimore are watching. They have broken homes in France, Japan and Australia and people have mental disorders in Italy, Spain and Portagul. Public schools and France and Germany are free of religion. The only difference is proliferation of weapons and the ease of access to them.
Neil Stapley December 28, 2012 at 12:32 AM
The fact that they were his mothers and these kind of weapons were in the house with a person with serious mental problems is at the very heart of this conversation. There are many ways one can do harm if they so wish but the likelyhood of triggering red flags is stronger on poisons or bomb making materials but because no red flags happen through the purchase of what are essentially weapons of mass destruction is the reason why these mass shootings occur and will continue to occur unless something is done.
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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