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Bullet-Resistant Blanket

Is This Blanket a Smart Safety Precaution or Sad Comment on Society?

There was a time when we could send kids to school and know that they would return at the end of the day without a scratch. But the reality today is that there have been 74 school shootings in the past 18 months. So it is no surprise that parents and educators alike are looking for ways to keep our kids safe. But are more entrepreneurial individuals trying to profit from our fears?

Just this week, the Bodyguard Blanket, a 5/16-inch-thick pad designed to protect kids from falling debris during a tornado or from a bullet during a school shooting, has caused some buzz. Steve Walker, an Oklahoma podiatrist, thought of the idea last year and brought the idea to Stan Schone, an inventor and one of his patients. The two have been working on production for the last 10 months and recently began the marketing push.

"Instead of bending over and hoping for the best, they're afforded an extra layer of protection," Schone says of the $1,000 blanket.


What do you think? Good idea or profiting off of fear? Weigh in below!

Source: Pro-Techt

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mnwatson1 mnwatson1 3 years

I grew up in a household that had no guns. We were taught to fear guns and until I took a job that required me to qualify on firearms, I was terrified to even so much as pick one up, or be near one, because of the fear that was instilled in me. I don't want my kids feeling that way, because guns are a very useful tool if used safely and correctly. They can be used to protect ourselves, our families, and our property, they can be used to acquire food (yes, I've hunted), and if we teach our children how they are SUPPOSED to be used, as well as prevening their ability to acquire one without supervision, these issues would be far less common, like they were when WE were growing up.

AnayaThompson AnayaThompson 3 years

I agree. TEACH our kids about gun safety and NOT to point them at another person!!! What happened to those days of TEACHING OUR kids about EVERTHING! You're right our society is too caught up with what's politically correct and who we are going to OFFEND! Well I'd rather offend someone than see our children and innocent people get killed for absolutely no freaking reason!!!

shirleyparsons shirleyparsons 3 years

i dont see that blanket working 100% the sides atre open bullets and things can still get in if shooting or falling side ways.Make it look like a sleeping bag so the kids are covered 100%

RicardoProspero RicardoProspero 3 years

Is this a sign of admission that more incidents of shooting is forthcoming? Why not enforce a strict gun control instead?

LindaGaertner LindaGaertner 3 years

I think the "school shooting" is an afterthought, to sell it to a wider audience. If you notice, the inventor is from Oklahoma (aka part of "Tornado Alley"). I'd even go so far as to bet from the Oklahoma City/Moore area. Probably some of you from the East & West coasts either aren't aware or have forgotten the tornado that hit Moore, OK in May 2014. 7 children were killed in that tornado IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING, IN THEIR DESIGNATED "SHELTER." (For those of you with no tornado knowledge, although some warnings are longer, 5-10 minutes ahead of time is a LONG warning). I believe the NEW Moore grade school has a reinforced, official, tornado shelter. Many older schools shelter in the windowless sections of hallways or bathrooms. The kids in the picture are assuming "the pose" of a tornado drill (kneeling on ground, close to a wall, head on floor, making yourself as small as possible, hands over head. The red color is VITAL for searchers should the unthinkable of another direct hit of a tornado happen during school hours, making the kids much more visible to searchers. With the average cost of a "safe room" at $1 million, this is a reasonable cost effective (and INSTANT, or nearly so) remedy.

MichelleBrown36070 MichelleBrown36070 3 years

I think the bright red color just screams "look at me"!!!! We are looking at a picture of little children, what about the high school basketball star who is 6'3? Do the schools have to buy different sizes to accommodate the different size children? Or the overweight child that cannot fit under this mat no matter how hard he/she tried? Do you have to be a skinny/small/pre-teen to have one of these even begin to protect you? Some people look to tragedy to find a money-making scheme and I think this is a perfect example.

ArianneJamison ArianneJamison 3 years

The "blanket" is wide open on the sides... Sad comment on our society for the fact that it is just another example of a false sense of safety. Just like gun free zones.

Jennifer57836 Jennifer57836 3 years

Also, in regards to why there are so many shootings these day instead of in the "old days". Well, there is more evil in the world. Evil breeds more evil. The world will continue to be more and more evil until the Lord comes back (Yes, a little Lord in the conversation). Children and Women are being sold and abducted so much now. People are killing and targeting our children. The world is becoming more evil. It sucks, but it is the truth. We have more neurological and mental issues these days due to the changes in the way we treat our food, etc. (environmental issues). And unfortunately, evil preys off of the weak.

Jennifer57836 Jennifer57836 3 years

I don't think this product would really work anyway, except for stray bullets. If a shooter wants to kill children - they will - and these "knock away" blankets surely will not protect anyone. Plus, $1000 a blanket - I think that money could be better utilized with bullet proof glass and doors to classrooms so that during a lock down the shooter can't get in and better gates and security measures so that a shooter doesn't get in. And I agree with Carol Morrisey with the need for better mental health care and less drugs (which are not tested enough before release anyway).

CijaMarie CijaMarie 3 years

I believe this to be true. My brother-in-law taught his daughters how to shoot, proper care/maintenance of the fire-arms, and they were NOT allowed to use one until they knew everything about the dangers of weapons and how to avoid them. He taught them around 10 years old, and both girls are very good with handling and using them. If there were less fear and more education, I think we'd be on a better track. My Dad taught me when I was in my late teens, and I'm so grateful for it! I will eventually teach my son when he's a little older as well. Thanks for bringing this many people are anti-gun and let fear reign.

CijaMarie CijaMarie 3 years

I agree. :-)

CijaMarie CijaMarie 3 years

I agree with Christina below ~ if this was about concern for our children's safety, they would make this in a much more affordable for the schools and parents! Yes, it does state on the sad state of our society, but until we figure out how to remedy this situation, this is a necessary evil unfortunately. :-(

TainaBetancourt1388242246 TainaBetancourt1388242246 3 years

True true true!!

mnwatson1 mnwatson1 3 years

Personally, I think a better stance is less emphasis on the gun laws, and more emphasis on WHY these kids are getting access to their parents' or friends' parents' guns in the first place, to be ABLE to take them to school. Laws won't fix that. Better parenting and gun safety will.

mnwatson1 mnwatson1 3 years

What puzzles me is the fact that if you look back 30-40 years ago, guns were much more common in households, and children were far more frequently taught gun safety, as well as the fact that guns should NEVER be pointed at another person, no matter what. School shootings were nearly unheard of then. Today, people talk about them regularly, often in front of children, parents show naked fear when discussing guns, children are NOT educated about guns properly (often just told that they are dangerous and to stay away from them, or that they are bad,) and look what we have: a rising rate of school shootings. While I agree that the figure of 74 shootings in 18 months is grossly bloated with outside factors that were not necessarily "school shootings," I think that if we, as a society, were actually approaching gun safety with our children in a common sense way, and doing so in a sensible way instead of just making everyone afraid of guns, we might see a much different outcome. Our society is too afraid of everything these days.

DeRoberts55884 DeRoberts55884 3 years

The blankets are too small and bright orange. This color would draw attention to the child potentially putting them at greater risk.

BeverlySmith83496 BeverlySmith83496 3 years

Totally agree Christina. Good grief what is it made of gold? 30 bucks maybe . someone should hang them both or arrest them for fraud because for that amount you would expect a guarantee of safety looks like a work out mat to me i think i can find one of those in my closet.

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