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Body armor isn’t just for police officers or public figures anymore. In the wake of a deadly school shooting in Connecticut, a Colombian businessman has announced a line of bulletproof T-shirts, vests, and backpack-jacket hybrids geared towards the U.S. market. Although Miguel Caballero says the idea of marketing to children never crossed his mind in the two decades he’s been in business, he received so many inquiries since the Dec. 14 massacre that the demand became impossible to ignore. “We would answer that we do not make clothes for kids. But the emails kept coming,” Caballero told AFP.

Would you send your child to school in bulletproof clothing?

  • 102 Votes HELL NO! Why don't we tackle the bigger issue of lax gun control first?
  • 64 Votes HELL YES! It's a dangerous world out there. We need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

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For the past 22 years, Caballero’s factory in Bogota has specialized in outfitting politicians, security forces, and other people in high-risk situations. But although his own country is in the grips of its own internal conflict, Caballero’s offerings have been strictly adults only. That changed after a lone gunman killed 20 young children and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month.

The bulletproof gear is meant for emergencies, to be handed out by teachers at their discretion.

In under a week, Caballero’s team was subjecting prototype designs to ballistic tests. Shortly after, the factory primed itself for its first lot of 1,800 bulletproof garments, ones capable of withstanding rounds from a machine gun. But how do you explain to a child that going to school is so dangerous that bullet-deflecting gear is warranted? Cabellero explains that the clothing isn’t for everyday use. Rather, they’re meant for emergencies, to be handed out by teachers at their discretion.

Tailored for children aged 8 to 16, the new line is expected to cost between $200 to $400, depending on the item and its size. Caballero told the Telegraph that he’s received orders from a U.S. distributor, although he declined to name it for security reasons.

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[Via the Telegraph and AFP]

3 Responses to “Bulletproof Jackets, Backpacks for Children Are Now a Thing”

  1. old8dol says:

    It’s a sad state of affairs when the NRA tells the gop what to do . It’s a sad day when some of the association members threaten over radio and tv what will happen if gun control methods are proposed.

  2. Thomas says:

    This is a bad time in AMERICA’S history,but I do not fill it is the governments right to take any CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS away from the people .It is a shame that the U.S.A has to live with this,but taking our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS away is not the answer. Better security is one of the best options to this problem. Taking away the guns leave us open for much more National problems.

  3. kadit says:

    The accompanying survey is very biased, either you agree with lax gun control or inadvertantly say times are dangerous BECAUSE of it. That’s as idiotic as the guy posted ‘if we didn’t have guns criminals wouldn’t need them either’. Most gun violence takes place with unregistered, illegal guns NOT from responsible owners. Even Obama’s CDC study proved that. It’s stupid to model ourselves after countries like Mexico, who took their citizens’ guns and saw the cartels grow to an unmanage size and take over the government.

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