Doug Bedell — August 14, 2019, 1:30 pm

‘Bullet-Resistant’ Backpacks Giving Retailers Pause


In all the turmoil, real and fear-induced, resulting from recent mass shooting incidents, the In Homeland Security blog notes that self-styled security companies are offering “protective” items like “bullet-resistant backpacks for children in time for the back-to-school shopping season.”

Understandably, though, “some parents question the motives behind such companies.”

“The only people enjoying it are the people selling the backpacks,” says Ponnell Scroggins of Milwaukee, a father of six children, ages 3 to 14. “They’re making plenty of money right now. And they’re doing it off of something that was very unfortunate.”

There’s more that leads to doubting the validity of such “protective” devices, but they’re giving pause to major retailers like Walmart, Target and Amazon, who aren’t stocking them, says the post.

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