It’s enough to make your stomach churn.
The rise of deadly mass shootings in American schools has led to a sharp increase in the sale of bulletproof backpacks.
Roman Zrazhevskiy of ReadyToGoSurvival.com told the Houston Chronicle that sales have spiked massively in the wake of a spate of shootings in recent weeks.
“Our baseline is 100 units a month,” Zrazhevskiy said. “We sold 300 units just over the last few days.”
‘Ballistic bulletproof’ inserts for backpacks are going for $127 (188AU) and are a terrifying reflection of the state of the country.
But they’re not necessarily all legit.
Kelly Laco, a Justice Department spokeswoman who spoke on behalf of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) said
“The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the Department of Justice — has never tested nor certified ballistic items, such as backpacks, blankets or briefcases, other than body armor for law enforcement,” Laco said.
“Marketing that claims NIJ testing or certification for such products is false.”
Many are pointing to yesterday’s knife-attack in the CBD to highlight the difference between Australia and America after the man was able to be restrained without the use of firearms.