What we have come to: bulletproof blankets for kids to wear during school shootings

What we have come to: bulletproof blankets for kids to wear during school shootings June 10, 2014

This is not a joke:

 We’ve now had so many mass shootings that entrepreneurs see space in the market for a bulletproof blanket, made specifically to shield small children from gunfire.

The Bodyguard Blanket, made by a company called ProTecht, is a bulletproof 5/16-inch pad, made from the same materials used by our military, except it’s for kids. They even come in different sizes.

If mass shootings weren’t such an integrated part of our culture, you’d think this was an SNL skit or an Onion article. Kids are being gunned down in their 1st grade classrooms, but what can we do? No we’re not talking about gun laws, just arm your children with these bulletproof shields, you’ll sleep easier at night.

And how is the company marketing this? Ad copy is below:

Bodyguard blanket can be easily fastened around a child or adult, and is amazingly lightweight.

When seconds count, Bodyguard blanket can provide a quick, simple solution for maximum protection against a school intruder.

Read the rest. 

International Business Times has more

A self-described “redneck inventor from Oklahoma” has created a reinforced blanket to protect children from the increasingly common threat of school shootings.

Stan Schone, along with three other men, created the BodyGuard, a product of the ProTecht LLC that sells for about $1,000. He said one of his friends “had this idea to protect his two young boys in school … and he asked if I could make it a reality,” he told the International Business Times. The idea apparently came after the tragic Sandy Hook shooting.

The bright-orange, bullet-resistant blanket is similar to materials commonly used in military and police body armor while being conveniently being able to be “folded up and then unfolded to create a body shelter. It has straps that help hold it in place like a backpack,” reported CNET.

The BodyGuard website also says that the blanket is able to withstand damage from falling debris should school children be trapped in school during a natural disaster, such as a tornado.

Want to see it in action? Check out the video below.

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