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    Bulletproof backpack sales skyrocketing

    Sales of bulletproof backpacks for schoolchildren are through the roof days after a masked gunman's rampage left 20 kids dead at a Connecticut elementary school.
    In fact, the sudden spike in sales is how Uy, vice president of business operations, found out about the shooting."Part of my daily activity is to monitor the numbers," he said. "I was seeing numbers I'd never seen before and I thought it was a glitch. Our Web traffic was10 times more than normal."I turned on the TV and there it was on CNN."BulletBlocker's child safety backpack is on sale for $199.99.They also sell shields that start at $175 bulletproof inserts that can slide into backpacks, laptop bags or purses. They add about 20 ounces it's just like tossing a bottle of water in your bag, Uy said.

    Bulletproof backpack sales spike after Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. - NY Daily News

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    Or just pop one of these into an existing backpack? ThinkGeek :: Bulletproof Body Armor Clipboard
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    Hmm...I don't think I like it.

    Seems like a product (and company) that prey's on peoples fears.

    That and I think body armor is only effective when the person employing the body armor has a weapon. I'd prefer to see a product like this marketed with the intention that it's worn on their back like a backpack is intended, while the wearer runs AWAY.

    Covering up like that seems like an absolute last ditch effort. It's dependent on the user (a child) to hold onto an item that's taking fire, and holding it steady while taking fire. I could see it being slightly beneficial when confronted by a gunman unexpectedly, or being used while sheltering in place...but other than that I'd advocate running like hell over crouching down and holding that in front of yourself.
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