Will Your Kids Need Bullet Proof Back Packs and Body Armor For School?


Were the mass murders of innocent children, teachers and school administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut a wakeup call for parents across America concerning child safety? According to Fox News, many parents are seriously considering sending their children to school with bullet proof back packs and various degrees of body armor to keep them safe.

Is the nation now at a point where Barbie dolls, Nintendo games, and toy soldiers are going to be replaced with pink and blue bullet proof backpacks and form fitting child size body armor under the Christmas tree?

The violent murders by Adam Lanza of 20 children has re-opened a national debate concerning just how safe are children and what measures or precautions can and should parents take to keep their precious kids safe.

Fox News reported on Wednesday, December 19th that a Utah company’s sales of bullet proof back backs and other safety clothing manufactured by the company Amendment II is literally going through the roof. With an approximate increase of 500 percent in sales since the murderous assaults in Newtown, Conn., parents and perhaps grandparents are grabbing up the, “pint-sized” protection safety lightweight armor called RynoHide.

While President Obama and his newly designated gun-control czar Vice President Joe Biden search for ways to strip gun rights from legal owners by the president’s end of January 2013 deadline, parents are left to fend for themselves.

If stricter gun control measures was the real solution, how does the president and gun control advocates account for the massacre which robbed the young children of their lives in Newton, Conn.? The state is one of five states with the strictest gun control measures in America.

What about the 270 children who were murdered in President Obama’s hometown of Chicago over the past three years. In fact Illinois leads the nation in strict gun control measures. Their gun ban law ban had deprived thousands of home owners of their right to protect themselves in their residence, from home invaders and gang violence until the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court overturned their 28-year-old handgun ban.

Just how many gun control measures will it take before liberal gun control activists and politicians wake up and address the real problem; which is the mentally unstable shooter pulling the trigger. So, whether it is a Columbine or Aurora Colorado massacre or a Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting, it is the shooter that special presidential task forces, national commissions and any other so-called violence solution panels should and must focus on.

Depriving Americans of their 2nd Amendment rights by using a drip, drip, drip method, until finally the nation’s citizens are disarmed is not an option; citizens are willing to witness or permit. This potential constitutional stripping peril was addressed in 2010, by the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was insistent in the 2010 court decision which overturned the Chicago City Handgun Ban.

Justice Alito stressed:

Will Your child be safe with a bullet proof back pack and body armor

Will Your child be safe with a bullet proof back pack and body armor

“It cannot be doubted that the right to bear arms was regarded as a substantive guarantee, not a prohibition that could be ignored so long as states legislated in an evenhanded manner.”

Second Amendment U.S. Constitutional rights are not open for debate nor is it optional for discussion about how a state or a citizen’s group can define the right of an American to fully exercise and embrace defense of home and family. This individual constitutional right cannot be abridged or debated out of existence by Obama or Biden.

As a matter of law, the individual right to bear arms was reinforced in the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court District of Columbia et al. v. Heller decision.

The court held: “that the purpose of the right to keep and bear arms extended beyond the context of militia service to include self-defense.”

In the same decision the U.S. Supreme Court also held that it is not up to the state to determine the type of weapon that a homeowner can use in the defense of life and protection of family. The court added:

“The Court, relying on historical analysis set forth previously in Heller, noted the English common law roots of the right to keep arms for self-defense12 and the importance of the right to the American colonies, the drafters of the Constitution..and the states as a bulwark against over-reaching federal authority.”

With history as a foundation, it is clear that the founders and designers of the U.S. Constitution were not merely interested in a congenial debate about the right to hunt deer, moose or bear. The U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment protection against enemies foreign or domestic should and cannot be influenced by emotional threats based upon unfortunate occurrences which are not connected to the right to protect oneself.

The nation’s children are the most precious gift that is given by God to parents. They, by right, will embrace everything that can be legally done to protect and preserve their child’s safety. If it includes tens of thousands of parents sending their children to school with bullet proof back packs and body armor, then, it must be done.

Take a page out of the book of the Israeli parents who have to send their children to school under the constant threat of possible violence. Consider some of the teachers at Israeli schools who have the right to carry guns, if trained and licensed and use them in case of an outbreak of a terrorist attack at the school.

Instead of dodging the reality of the dangers which confront the children in a 21st century America, spend more time on teaching your children about how to safeguard themselves against the America that has evil-hearted and sinister-minded individuals.

Before another Newtown, Connecticut tragically captures the nation’s headlines organize around defending the constitutional protection that stand between a child’s safety and unstable killers.

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13 thoughts on “Will Your Kids Need Bullet Proof Back Packs and Body Armor For School?

  1. Considering how many times I got in a fight as a kid, body armor might not be such a bad idea. And have you considered how many children might have been saved during foreign country bomb attacks on buses, if they had been wearing armored backpacks?

  2. See through backpacks isn't a bad idea. Our children are more vulnerable to terrorists using kids to transport explosives to school. Arming responsible school faculty is a no brainer.

  3. Ok, but let's consider this: First of all,bullet-proof body armor is too heavy for children to wear unlesss it was re-designed for their size and here's another problem, you try playing outside in that! You gotta be kidding me! The re-diesgn alone would cost billions, This would be a waste of money and time I understand wanting to, but get real,.
    I also think that we need to make sure we have the truth about this. I don't think Adam Lanza did this I don't think you inacccurate though, I think this is a coverstory that is making him look like a psycho. Aspbergers Syndrome ' is not a violent disabiliity. It is a form of autism and should be view ed as such. This kid would have to have be IN THE OCCULT for this to be possible. Unless THE TRUTH is reported. I'd go to Connecticut and inveterview people that knew this family and do some serious background research before I went saying he did this. The truth should always prevail. Let's be careful.
    Most of the violence involving autism id spontaneous, not well thought out and planned, it's a sereies of behaviors that the person has no control over. Remember this when you here this junk about Lanza. I havea friend who has a grandso with it andthe issues he has are not playing with guns, it's larning to fit in period.He goes to counseling for it. She's Christian aand has exposed him to the Gospel. Don't know Mrs. Lanaza though , but let's be careful and do more research allll of us.

  4. Talk about irrational. if your opinion of the safety of the school that your child attends is such that you even CONSIDER such protection, your kid should NOT be going to school there.
    Are these people sheeple? It is time to take action. And I DON'T mean banning ANY guns.
    REQUIRE THAT ALL ADULTS who are not felons, nuts(certified) or consciensious objectors carry and train on defending ourselves.

    • We might even want to LOOK at th' felony ! Those with NO weapon ... of ANY type ! ... no violence or NO bodily harm ... I'd be tempted, under th' circumstance, to look rather closely at THOSE folks being allowed to carry, also. "White collar" crimes or those where there was no weapon and no violence involved ... Then, too, what about those that are 30 years or more passed? These people may very likely have rehabilitated and be "model" citizens now. Understandable, this is a hard call but ... another "watchful eye" can't HURT a THING !

  5. Victor Barney says:

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    • Just about as wrong as one can be. God's definition of a Jew is one who serves HIM. And those who trace their ancestry but are trying to institute One World Goverment, AKA the antichrist, are just that. They are the antichrist.
      And all of your research as to who is the REAL Israel, does not mean a thing to God. He is looking for those who acknowledge Him as God, worship Him as God, and seek to serve Him and do His will.
      You Barney, are more concerned about being the ONE who KNOWS, this are that.
      So you just go ahead and strain at gnats. And you will miss the only part that matters, Fellowship with the Father.

  6. The title said, "Will Your Kids Need Bullet Proof Back Packs and Body Armor For School?"
    Not if they are schooled at home. Nobody is willing to talk about that now are we? Maybe we should shut down government-run schools. If you give your child to the government, you are risking their lives and their minds to a socialist/communist infected system. Why would any parent in their right mind do such a thing? This issue is not about guns, but about government control over yours and your children's lives.

    • As parents that both work, Home schooling is not optionIal,
      We, as parents, pay attention to what is being taught.
      We are 'Rebels' for our childs education...
      Eventually will be in the same FEMA CAMP as you....
      Sad But True..

    • And why do both parents need to work? So they can have more things, rather than time spent with their own childen. When you sacrifice your children for materialism, this is the effect. We have friends that home school, and have one income of less than $30k per year, and they do just fine, as they are willing to accept the lifestyle that is within their means, but the rest of society wants the state to raise their children. The FEMA camp is the result of trusting the state.

  7. If guns are sold idsicriminately at the current rate wihtoug background checks and psycho eaxams, kides will need a police escort and 24/7 police protection.

    • So why does Switzerland have one of the lowest crime rates in the world? Citizens there are required to have fully-automatic weapons in their homes to defend agaist an invasion by somebody like Adolph Hitler. Hmmm... that seems to have worked pretty good, as Hitler chose to invade disarmed Poland and gun-controlled France. Funny how they don't have these school shootings....yet they have fully automatic weapons everywhere. I wonder why, I wonder, I wonder, could it be they actually punish crime? Hmmm... I wonder.

    • Have you ever dealt with Swiss? They are so frugal that they would not want to waste the money it costs for the ammo. The money is NUMERO UNO.