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74 school shootings since Sandy Hook: Bullet-resistant blankets an option?

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There is a company in Oklahoma profiting from kids being shot -- but their business isn't as nefarious as it at first seems. No, quite the opposite. The company ProTecht is in the business of helping save lives. They manufacture a bullet-resistant blanket called "Body Guard" that has seen sales skyrocket in the aftermath of a wave of school shootings that have swept the United States in the past 18 months since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.

Reuters reported (via Yahoo News) June 12 that ProTecht actually developed the product to help protect schoolchildren from dangerous flying debris sent aloft by the twisting winds of tornadoes, a common threat in Oklahoma. But as an unfortunate byproduct of all the school shootings that have continued to occur in the U. S. (74 since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Dec. 2012), the company says that parents have also begun viewing the blankets as protection against flying bullets as well.

In fact, Oklahoma podiatrist Steve Walker got the idea for the protective blanket after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting and the devastating Moore tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City suburb just a few months later. The former saw 26 people killed (including 20 schoolchildren) by a lone gunman; the latter left 24 dead (including 7 schoolchildren) in its wake.

Stan Schone helped develop the missile-resistant blanket. "The government is not going to do anything in law about guns," he said, "and there is nothing else out there to protect the children."

The "Body Guard" is a 5/16th-inch (7.9 millimeter) pad made from bullet-resistant materials. It can be folded and strapped on an individual's back and/or unfurled to hide or cloak the owner in emergency situations. The protective blankets sell for about $1,000 each.

Although ProTecht would not divulge sales figures for the "Body Guard" blanket, the company noted that school shooting violence and other disasters have increased their orders. Many of those orders originate from countries like Canada, France, Germany, South Korea, and others.

With school shootings becoming "the norm," as President Barack Obama gravely noted after the recent school shooting in Oregon, concerned parents and school officials have been hard-pressed to come up with better ways to safeguard their children. The "Body Guard" blankets provide parents with a protection option for their children if they should be faced with dangers where flying objects -- from debris to bullets -- could become an imminent hazard.

As Crimefeed reported following the Oregon school shooting, 73 schoolchildren have been killed in 74 separate school shooting incidents since the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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