… I saw this headline in an article, datelined 6 Aug 2019, in the New York Times:
The article goes on to say that “Demand for bulletproof backpacks surged after the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in February 2018. With back-to-school season approaching, the shootings this weekend in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, have brought renewed attention to the products … [and] … In the past, some stores have reportedly sold out of the backpacks, which typically cost $100 to $200. Months before the Parkland shooting, a private Christian school in Miami sold protective panels that could be inserted into backpacks, charging $120 for the bulletproof shields … [then] … This year, ArmorMe, a personal-defense company run by a former Israeli commando, Gabi Siboni, started selling a bulletproof backpack that can unfold into a larger covering … [Mr Siboni explained that] … “The backpack is designed first of all to be a very stylish and nice-looking backpack … And it has panels that protect you against bullets. It will increase your survival chances.”“
All I can say is:
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to parents wanting to protect their children from seemingly random, certainly inexplicable acts of murderous violence, Nor am I opposed to companies profiting from parents’ very real fears. I’m not surprised that it is an Israeli company that has jumped into the market … after all, Arab terrorists have been targeting Israeli school-children for generations. What
troubles me makes me unbearably sad is that this sort of barbarous insanity is becoming commonplace in America … which means, because we are, culturally, joined at the hip, that it will spread to Canada, too.