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Sorry kids, but the guns are more important.
If you want to know just how far afield we have gotten from the central notion that Americans ought to be able to go about their daily business without being overly concerned that someone is going to freedom a few holes in their head for no other reason than they can, note that the markets for bulletproof backpacks for children and bulletproof blankets for children not old enough to carry backpacks are considerably more robust, at this point, than the marketplace of ideas on how to perhaps prevent the children from being shot at.
As CEO of the Massachusetts-based company Bullet Blocker, Burke sells one of the hotter goods in the body armor industry: bulletproof backpacks. And though he doesn't revel in the fact that business tends to boom after school shootings, he sees his company as providing a service for increasingly nervous parents.

"Business is growing unfortunately due to all the things happening in the country," Burke said.[...]

Bullet Blocker's co-founder, Joe Curran, built his first bulletproof backpack for his two kids after the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. He realized the commercial potential, and began manufacturing backpacks and other school safety products for a wider audience. Today, Bullet Blocker produces iPad cases, notebooks, and school bag survival kits ($400 -- advertised as a "great self contained kit to augment the reaction plans for school lock downs").

This relies on the deranged school shooter aiming for the backpack and/or iPad and/or notebook and not the child, of course, and also relies on your child taking their Normal American Life survival kits to all the other places where very stupid and paranoid people get to wander around with as much ammo as they can carry, places like movie theaters, restaurants, Walmart, Target, more restaurants, that other Walmart, public parks and so on while we sternly warn the police that they're not allowed to consider that noteworthy or maybe somebody they ought to keep an eye on.

As an aside, you'll also need to teach your child that they would be considered extremely rude, and definitely a poor American, if they actually whip out their bullet-resistant backpack when they, say, see a man waving his AR-15 around the neighborhood Chipotle, so they need to be taught to not actually use the bulletproof school supplies to protect themselves until they or someone else gets shot first. The penalty for presuming the nice man with his finger near the trigger might be a threat would be, of course, a barrage of resulting rape threats and staged mock executions from the perfectly stable and well-adjusted gunman in question—and no 6-year-old wants to start their lives out on some gun patriot's personal shit-list.

Where were we? Ah, yes. People are buying their children "bulletproof" backpacks as some measure of solace against the NRA-backed campaign to make sure crazy people still get to shoot children if the only way to stop it would be to subject prospective high-magazine designed-for-warfare semi-automatic something something owners to a bit of paperwork. You know, freedom.

Originally posted to Hunter on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:03 PM PDT.

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    •  When all the bad guys have body armor (15+ / 0-)

      The good guys will have to have RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades). Or is it the other way around?

      Did you ver notice how har it is totype accurately on an iPad?

      by RudiB on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:29:25 PM PDT

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      •  When each Individual is a Nation-State.. (5+ / 0-)

        like children, they REALLLY REAALY want to try out the Arms Race, the Cold War, the Weapons of Mass Desecration, Dr. Strangelove, Being Robert McNamara, and all the other cool kids tricks they were left out of in the Way Back Time.

        These guys really DO think they are living inside a Mooveey. And each and every one of them is Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood's Love Child.

        Loons. Actual Loons. Top to Bottom. Loonaticks.

        Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

        by OregonOak on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:52:47 PM PDT

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        •  Oregon Oak (3+ / 0-)

          You are right on but I think you are truly belittling the real loons that are beautifying our waterways.

          •  My best Loon Story... (12+ / 0-)

            On the last day of my employment with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Prince William Sound, the three of us were sitting in the Boston Whaler, silently, engines off, in the fjord which houses Columbia Glacier. All of us had our binoculars.

            It is a well known fact that there are five native species of Loon in North America. Almost no one collects all five since two are endangered. But on this day, in the glassy calm of Columbia fjord, one of us spotted a Loon not too distant from the boat.

            Common Loon

            Suddenly someone else called out from the other side of the boat. Two more loons. Different species.

            Red Throated Loon
            Black Throated Loon

            That took care of the three most common species. As we focused more closely on each bird, we saw other loons.... and they were different species altogether..

            Yellow Billed Loon
            Great Northern Loon

            It was a moment when all three of us simply could not breathe. All five species in one moment, in one bay, in sight, associating with each other. It was my personal best moment in birding and remains to this day. We were speechless all the way to Whittier for our final haul out and transport of the boat through the tunnel back to Girdwood.

            It remains the best memory of those horrible oil spill summers. The loons, if they stayed out of the oiled areas, survived. I am going back this summer to see if I can see something like this again. I dont think lightning can strike twice, though. It was a moment.

            Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

            by OregonOak on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 10:14:52 PM PDT

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    •  Ditto n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

      by LaFeminista on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:40:48 PM PDT

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    •  So am I. (8+ / 3-)

      Those 6 year olds at Newtown were shot everywhere - all over their bodies.

      I personally think we should gather up all guns in the entire world, I don't care how (even if we kill people to get them!)and put them on the next rover to mars. Although, I also wonder why Mars would deserve that. Even that's not fair.

      Nothing matters but the song.

      by 47songs on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:14:23 PM PDT

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      •  Shoot them into the Sun ...vaporized n/t (0+ / 0-)
        •  maybe I should have added "snark" to my comment (1+ / 0-)
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          I always wonder why people don't consider the sun when they want to get rid of things. I'm not sure if that is actually snark.
          I'm not out to take everyone's guns away. Although if they all just vanished it would solve a lot of problems, but since that is a rather impossible happening I don't see how it can be taken seriously.

          I'm glad I am not a parent in this day and age, and pray for those who are.

          •  Because it turns out that it requires (0+ / 0-)

            quite a bit more energy to send something into the sun than it does to send it out of the solar system.  

            You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

            by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 03:20:33 AM PDT

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          •  Just WHY can't we take all guns away?? (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm not out to take everyone's guns away.
            Other countries think we are nuts and I agree!  It is time for total repeal of the 2nd Amendment!

            Over 300 million weapons in the hands of about 50 million people..Why?  I've lived all over the world in all sorts of risky conditions such as civil wars (Doctors without Borders)and I have NEVER needed or even wanted a gun!

            I REALLY wish they had shown the scene photos from Newtown.  You all do realize that a seven year old shot 11 times with .223 rounds doesn't even resemble a little girl anymore.  They picked up pieces of her!  No parent was allowed to "identify" their little ones.  

            Did you see the ER doctor cry in his testimony?  We see a lot..but...  These kids bled to death in seconds..

            NO MORE GUNS.  NOT ONE MORE!

            •  Great idea! (0+ / 0-)

              Let's have the cops go door to door demanding the immediate forfeiture of any and all guns. And if gun owners don't comply the cops will just have to use their GUNS to solve the problem. You need guns to take guns, so arm yourself and molon labe.

            •  Dude, I don't even own a gun. (0+ / 0-)

              Why are you ragging on me instead of the extreme pro gun commenter in this thread.
              I agree

              if they all just vanished it would solve a lot of problems
              but then my Brother goes deer hunting to help feed his family. My Mother feels safer with a gun locked in a safe at home (it's never been fired and when she passes I will make sure it's destroyed).
              I don't think anyone who isn't an Officer of the Law should be carrying weapons, concealed or open, in public.
              I don't think anyone needs anything like what you referenced, I don't know guns and won't pretend to knowledge about war weapons.
              There should be more of a check on the people who buy guns, at least check Psychiatric and Criminal records. Also, in depth interviews with co-workers, friends, and family members would help.
              It's too late for any of this to realistically happen in this country, so we'll maybe just launch them out of the solar system.... evidently it's cheaper than sending them toward the Sun.
        •  stuff the Koch bros (0+ / 0-)

          in there, while yer at it ... and a few Prime Repugs

      •  Kill people to confiscate their guns, huh? (5+ / 0-)

        At last, we see the true face of gun control. You have 3 recs, no HR's and an approving comment, which implies that a large portion of Daily Kos supports your murderous intentions, not that I'm surprised.

        So, how would you go about killing gun owners to confiscate their guns anyway? Unless your IQ is less than 47, you probably realize that you need people with guns to get other peoples' guns. Your statement is sickeningly hypocritical. The only way you could complete your plan without being a total hypocrite would be for you and your ilk to go from house to house while completely unarmed and demand that every gun owner turn in his or her gun or face death. Don't worry, I wouldn't shoot you if you did that. I have a policy against killing people who are unarmed and in obvious need of psychological help.

        Alternately, if armed people come into my home and demand that I surrender my guns, then they are armed home invaders and thieves. I will shoot to kill, showing no mercy until I am either victorious or dead.

        •  So somebody said somthing kinda dumb, (9+ / 0-)

          it's not the "true face" of anything. It implies no such support. You're full of it, sonny. Sorry.

          God bless our tinfoil hearts.

          by aitchdee on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 04:24:20 PM PDT

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          •  Oh sure, when a gun grabber says (0+ / 0-)

            something that makes the other gun control activists look bad, they're just one person who said something dumb. But when a fraction of a percent of gun owners do stupid things, the gun grabbers pounce, making all gun owners out to be child killing bigots. Thanks for helping me demonstrate the double standard.

            Let's look at the numbers: As of right now the comment that condones killing gun owners is (5+/1-) for a net score of 4. My comment that suggested that killing innocent gun owners might not be the best idea is sitting at a paltry (3+/0-)

            I admit that the "true face of gun control" thing was an exaggeration, but I said it to prove a point. No, not everyone on Daily Kos supports killing gun owners, but the position seems to be more popular than the opposing stance.

            •  Let's talk about that hypocrisy... (2+ / 0-)
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              So, gun owners are individuals with some bad seeds, but "Gun Grabbers™" are a blanket entity of consistent behavior.

              Got it.

              Also, it makes sense at first to defend yourself against armed gunmen raiding your home, sure... but the scenario you're raising is that law enforcement would be the ones coming to your home to confiscate all firearms.  If they're "raiding" your home, then you're simply not cooperating.  If you're intending to fight to the death, then victory isn't really an option... and you're basically saying you'd rather die (and take as many with you as possible) than give up your precious gun.

              Also... the commenter wasn't serious.

              Never trust anyone who considers "bleeding heart" to be an insult.

              by jayfrenchstudios on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 02:38:41 PM PDT

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              •  Let's just say that (0+ / 0-)

                both sides consist primarily of well intentioned people, with a few crazies mixed in for good measure. Also, I now know that the commenter wasn't serious, it was a heat of the moment type of thing. But when I started commenting, I had no way of knowing that because there there was no snark tag or anything else to imply that the statement was not serious.

                As for the point I was trying to prove: The gun control activists on this site have a nasty habit of portraying gun owners as negatively as they can because of the actions of a few. Joe the Plumber says one dumb thing about dead kids and constitutional rights, and the pro gun control people have a field day. That was just one example, ditto for David Waldman's wildly popular "gunFAIL" series that make gun owners out to be complete idiots. Really, I was just trying to give the pro gun control side a taste of their own medicine by pointing out that they downplay and whitewash radical anti gun statements.

                •  Excuse me. (0+ / 0-)

                  It's the gun owners whose stories I collect who make themselves out to be complete idiots, thank you very much.

                  Guns don't make people complete idiots. People do.

                  I didn't pull those triggers.

                  •  Yes, those people are wholly responsible for their (0+ / 0-)

                    firearms, not you. But equally important, it's also not my fault or my problem if someone else uses a gun irresponsibly. Why, then do you spend what I can only imagine is a considerable amount of time making gunFAIL every week? Everyone already knows that guns can be very dangerous in the hands of the wrong people. It just seems like an easy way to get rec's and laugh at the expense of gun owners.

                    A small amount of individual gun owners may act irresponsibly, but it is you who portray the entire gun owning community as incompetent. Ask yourself: what if Redstate made a regular series called gayFAIL (if they haven't already) where they scour the news for instances of homosexuals breaking the law? Everyone on this site, myself included would be positively livid. But of course the conservatives would defend themselves by claiming that it was the homosexuals who brought it upon themselves. I can hear it now, "We're not homophobic! The homosexuals are the ones committing the crimes- all gayFAIL does is expose them, it's not our fault."

                    Now, obviously linking your gunFAIL series to the right's hateful anti-gay stance is an extreme exaggeration, and there are lot of people who could have said it better than me. To clarify, I am NOT saying that what you do is anywhere near as bad as the right wing homophobes, I just disagree with how you spread your political message about guns.

            •  Can You Explain To Me, Then... (1+ / 0-)
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              WHAT the hell anyone needs with rapid-fire guns with humongous ammo magazines?

              The ONLY PURPOSE of such a gun is to hunt humans.  NOTHING ELSE.

              I have no problem with your hunting rifle.  I have no problem with you having a gun for home defense.

              I even owned one once, myself...when I lived in a place where I could not have a dog.  I needed SOME kind of protection.

              Thankfully, I never had to use it, except a few times at the firing range...mainly to get myself accustomed to the kickback.  I wasn't a good shot, never was, andnever wanted to be.

              My gun was ideal for home defense for a poor shot like me...a Mossberg 12-gauge pump-action pistol-grip shotgun.  An idiot can handle it, and you don't have to be a good shot, the spread gets the baddie.

              Once I moved to a place I could have a dog, I got rid of the gun.  And was happy to do it.  You CAN'T STOP people from breaking into your home...or your car.  You CAN make yourself an undesireable target by getting a dog.

              Why would a burglar really want to deal with my dog, when he can go two doors down where they don't have a dog, right?

              But, seriously...if you feel the need to have a gun in your home to be safe in your property and effects...great.

              But WHY...WHY do you all feel the need to wave your weapons around in public and scare the living shit out of everyone around you...who don't know if you are a "good guy with a gun" or a fucking raving lunatic ready to blast twelve holes into your body before you can even count to two??

              WHY do you feel the need to poen carry and scare the fuck out of everyone?  Do you get some sort of boost to your MANHOOD or something, because everyone is scared shitless of you?

              WHAT the FUCK does anyone need with a rapid fire gun with high-capacity magazines capable of killing fifteen people in twelve seconds flat?

              PLEASE explain to me, because I don't understand WHY....because freedom....that you need a gun like that...and you have the need to wave it around in public....because freedom....and why I have no right to feel safe ANYWHERE anymore!  

              Why do YOU have a right to wave your metal penis everywhere, and I have no right to be safe from you and your gun?

              Please explain it to me, because I swear to GOD I don't fucking unsderstand!

              •  You people just keep proving my point (0+ / 0-)

                again and again. I didn't say anything about waving guns around in public. But of course, that didn't stop you from trying to lump me in with the crazies, did it?

                People who do that, especially with long guns, are hurting their own cause and I DON'T agree with them. High caliber guns in public scare the shit out of people and send them straight to the anti gun side.

                As for hi cap magazines, they're just more convenient. Would you rather have a hard drive that holds 250GB or 500GB? It's the same basic principle. And I'm not a big fan of full auto weapons, for the simple reason that they're not very accurate and therefore not very practical.

                All I can say about the guns=penis meme that the anti-gunners insist on spreading is grow up and find a more mature way to voice your disagreement.

                •  You DO NOT NEED (0+ / 0-)

                  a hi-capacity magazine!

                  You SHOULD have to stop and reload, and be vulnerable for a while while re-loading, so maybe, if you're a lunatic nutcase, someone has a chance to take you out before you take out more innocent people.

                  Guns scare the crap out of me, because I know in this country how easy it is for LUNATICS to get hold of them.

                  If LUNATICS were prevented from getting guns, I would not be anti-gun.

                •  Except that the 250GB...or even the 500GB (0+ / 0-)

                  hard drove...DOESN'T FUCKING KILL PEOPLE!!

                  The gun does.

                  •  Of all the lies the gun haters love to tell, (0+ / 0-)

                    this one has got to be their favorite.

                    If the police find child porn on a pedophile's computer, is it the computer's fault?

                    Is it the car's fault if someone gets a DUI?

                    Should we ban matches so that arsonists can't burn down buildings?

                    And so on...

                    Why don't the antigunners ever blame the shooter? You know, the guy who is actually pulling the trigger. But no, every time a shooting happens they blame the NRA and gun manufacturers like they were the actual murderer.

                    But let's say you're right, hypothetically. Even if guns have developed self awareness, most of them choose not to kill. So if you blame them all, that makes you racist! You see how crazy that sounds?

                    PS: Your caps lock abuse makes you sound like a pissed off 5 year old and makes me take you even less seriously.

                    •  First Off (0+ / 0-)

                      A - I don't GIVE A SHIT...if YOU take me seriously or not.  I don't expect you to, anyway, because I am not saying the things YOU want to hear.

                      B - If there were no guns...or at least if there were no rapid-fire hi-capacity guns....A KILLER LUNATIC'S ABILITY TO KILL MORE INNOCENT PEOPLE WOULD BE GREATLY LIMITED.

                      Yeah, a killer lunatic can find plenty of other tools with which to create mayhem...I get that.  just about ANYTHING can be a weapon...the lapel pin I am wearing this morning COULD be a weapon if I take it off and jam it into your eye.  So could the pen with which I did the morning crossword!

                      The difference is....NO OTHER WEAPON AVAILABLE ALLOWS A PERSON TO KILL TWENTY-FIVE OR MORE PEOPLE IN LESS THAN A MINUTE!!  Short of maybe a bomb!

                      But I don't see you gun nuts out there in support of everyone having a right to have a bomb!!  Yet here you are wanting the right to have and use a gun whose sole purpose is to kill large amounts of people very quickly.

                      Now explain yourself.

        •  Well what a wonderful policy (4+ / 0-)
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          Not to "shoot people who are unarmed and in obvious need of psychological help."

          So who would you shoot?  And what qualifies you to make that judgment?  And why are you so FREAKING PARANOID?

          •  Yes, not shooting unarmed people is simply the (1+ / 0-)
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            right thing to do, even if they're threatening me with death, because they probably don't pose a threat. You probably don't believe this, but gun owners are just as capable of compassion as everyone else. And if you would have read the last part of my comment, you would know exactly who I would shoot: armed home invaders who are trying to steal from me or hurt myself or my family. Self defense laws give me the qualification to shoot the aforementioned home invaders, no matter how much that pisses you off.

            Finally, I'm not paranoid, what a typical anti-gunner response. Predictably, you neglected to mention that there are people on supposedly legitimate "progressive" websites talking about KILLING gun owners and stealing their guns. I think I have reason to be somewhat concerned.

            Stop trying to make me look like some sort of monster, you're only embarrassing yourself.

            •  what's a 'gun owner' ? (1+ / 0-)
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              your wildly defensive comments suppose some kind of unity of thought amidst a group of people ... who don't know each other. The actuality is far more likely to be the opposite of such a supposition.

              •  A gun owner (0+ / 0-)

                is a person who possesses one or more firearms. Also 1+1=2 in case you needed help with that as well.

                And are you saying that just because a group of people don't know each other, they can't have unity of thought? I'm not entirely sure I understand what you mean. Don't most people here lean to the left even though they don't know each other? Ditto for gun owners, they come from all walks of life, but they come together when people threaten their Second Amendment rights.

                •  Yeah? Well I Am A LIFE OWNER (0+ / 0-)

                  Since when did YOUR right to own a gun...trump MY RIGHT to own a life?

                  You could take away my life with your gun.

                  But on my life I can't take away your gun!

                  Why don't I have a right to not have to walk around all the time scared shitless that some asshole is gonna pull out a huge gun and slaughter thirty people?

                  When the Second Amendment was passed, the Founding Father could not have IMAGINED the sort of advanced weaponry that exists today, and I HIGHLY DOUBT they would approve of such weaponry in the hands of private citizens who were not members of an offically sanctioned militia.

                  When the Second Amemendment was passed, the most powerful gun available was a musket.  So if you want to own a musket...fine.

                  It's time we revisited the Second Amendment to clarify exactly WHO gets to own exactly what kind of gun...for what purposes....and what limits on it's destructive power can be done?

                  So that you still have a right to have your shotgun for home defense, your rifle for hunting...but you DON'T have a right to have a weapon whose sole purpose is to kill large amounts of people very quickly.

        •  The day the government wants your guns (6+ / 0-)

          You will give them up willingly.

          After they put a lien on your home, garnish your wages and freeze your bank accounts.

          Of course this will more likely be done by a Republican administration once they figure out that they no longer need gun owners to get elected.

          If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

          by Major Kong on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 04:48:11 PM PDT

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          •  Rec'd! You make some good points. (0+ / 0-)

            I agree with you in that the government would suppress the rights of its gun owning citizens to them more dependent. I'm not sure which side would do it as both seem to be quite corrupt.

          •  I guess you don't know most of the US citizens (0+ / 0-)

            that well, because I think the vast majority would rise up and throw the idiots out  before we got that far.  Too many were raised on the stories coming from Germany, Iraq, Iran, and other countries that tried that.

            •  Utilitarianism is Too Popular (0+ / 0-)

              Nope. Too many people hate Nietzsche for that to happen. Too many people are perfectly satisfied being quietly devoured by the monster, rather than out-monstering the monster, because they would do whatever it took, sacrifice whatever they had to, to avoid the effort of actually doing something. Whatever is the least hassle for the greatest number, following the crowd at the expense of all else.

              But what you say about the Republicans is true. In fact, I promise you they want our guns more than democrats do. They're championing gun right for the moment because it's convenient for them politically and it makes them money. The moment both, or even one of those stop being a factor, expect them to go all Ronald Reagan on your precious gun rights.

        •  Actually, I'm glad (2+ / 0-)
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          i saw an old tree today, AronL

          I didn't put as much thought into my dumb comment as you have! Jeez!

          Nothing matters but the song.

          by 47songs on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 05:06:44 PM PDT

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        •  Sampling Bias (0+ / 0-)

          One person said something, and three people, possibly four, agreed. There are hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of people on this website, and there are just about as many positions on this issue as there are people talking about it. You're working with too small of a sample to reach any kind of viable conclusion.

          As an aside, you don't need guns to kill people with guns. If you want to be nice and surgical about it, compound bows work surprisingly well. If you won't care what you blow up in the process, Tomahawk missiles work well too. They could also just cut off all of your supply lines, cancel your credit, and freeze your accounts. You would literally need to hunt to survive, and you'd run out of ammo eventually being unable to buy more, at which point you would starve and die.

      •  HRed for, well you know why. n/t (4+ / 0-)
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        Rivers are horses and kayaks are their saddles

        by River Rover on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 04:11:39 PM PDT

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      •  Again with the punishing of the innocent to get to (0+ / 0-)

        the guilty.  Why is it that the only solutions are to punish the 99% to get to the 1%?  Why don't we send the frying pans, rocks, ping pong paddles, and all the other stuff that has been used to injure and kill people.  All the items I mention do more damage individually than all the guns collectively.

      •  The problem with that (0+ / 0-)

        is that you can't stuff the genie back into the bottle.

        You'd have to also eliminate all knowledge of how they are made, and all the means of manufacturing new ones.

        And then the crazies would just find something else to be their stand-in metal penis

    •  These ghouls (9+ / 0-)

      along with the clowns hawking teeny-tiny 'bulletproof' whiteboards and 'bulletproof' blankets are just doing their part to expand markets for themselves and gunmakers alike. But, as an educated consumer, I want to be sure they stand behind their products. So I propose a product demonstration/bake-off, and I'd be glad to do my bit to help: executives of these companies will cower behind their products in a crowded classroom while I walk around popping rounds from my .30-30 at them. Seems fair, no?

      No person is free except in the freedom of other persons, and that man's only real freedom is to know and faithfully occupy his place -- a much humbler place than we have been taught to think -- in the order of creation. (Wendell Berry)

      by DocDawg on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:49:30 PM PDT

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    •  This ought to be an article from The Onion... (2+ / 0-)
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      Real life is getting crazier and crazier...

      When crazy becomes the "new normal" then we ought to really worry.

      We are going to have a generation of kids with PTSD just from the fear in this country. More kids on psych meds.

      Not that I am against psych meds when needed but childhood should not be like this. Even the (unarmed) school yard bully of days of yore was never this scary. In fact some parents just taught their kids to fight back. But you can't fight back with a bully with an assault weapon.

      So everyone should just stay at home while the loonies roam the streets??? Essentially that is what it comes down to. Because our safety and peace of mind is not as important as their "right" to terrorize everyone.

      I have seen the Rethug party de-evolve into a completely selfish entity. A cancer that only cares about feeding itself at the expense of the rest of society.

      What they have forgotten in their relentless demands for "freedom" is that there is no freedom without responsibility. Unless you want anarchy and then you are not really free because you always have to watch your back.

      When will these people grow the hell up???

      I take the phrase "Bleeding Heart Liberal" as a compliment...

      by Pixie5 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 09:19:47 PM PDT

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  •  Paperwork is an impediment to the illiterate (16+ / 0-)

    and their right to be illiterate.

    But not to worry: whatever is in the backpack, or in the notebook, will be protected from the bullets.

    Not so much the child, who is too big to fit into either.

    And I think we can assume that the producers of these products aren't donating money to pro-gun control organizations, so kids aren't shot at in the first place.  Greed is more American than the right to life and freedom from fear.

    This is the country of those three great rights: freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and the wisdom never to exercise either of them. -- Mark Twain.

    by JJustin on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:13:00 PM PDT

  •  Wait, what? (14+ / 0-)

    Since when am I living in a South Park episode?

    Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

    by Dauphin on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:21:34 PM PDT

    •  It worked SO well the Last Time.. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Empower Ink, Shippo1776, Janet 707

      Even the 7 year olds said, in 1962, that Duck and Cover was only a way for the authorities to find the bodies more easily. We had seen the films of the Nuclear Tests on homes and dummies.

      History doesn''t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

      Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

      by OregonOak on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:55:38 PM PDT

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      •  The Family Fallout Shelter (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        historys mysteries, Janet 707

        From the US Department of Defense brochure, June 1959, (Reprinted September 1961)

        Adequate shielding is the only effective means of preventing radiation casualties.
        I also have a brochure in French that I bought in Paris in Dec 1963. The buxom cartoon woman demonstrating protections wears a black bathing suit, with hairstyles like Marilyn and Betty Grable.

        My parents weren't paying attention, but I was

      •  Duck and cover did make sense at a certain point. (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        OregonOak, StevenD56, Janet 707

        In 1951, when Duck and Cover came out, there were relatively few nuclear warheads in the world. The Soviets had just detonated their first A-bomb two years earlier, a device nearly identical in its general design to the Nagasaki bomb.  These bombs would be delivered by long range bombers the Soviets were developing.

        The Hiroshima bomb actually injured more people than it killed (66,000 to 69,000). At 1.5km to 2km there were 50x more non-fatal injuries than immediate deaths. At 2km to 3km there were 80x more non-fatal injuries than deaths.

        As bombs became more powerful in the 50s, the model was to deliver an ever bigger bomb by plane to a city center, and the radius at which injuries overtook immediate deaths got larger and larger.  And as it got larger, the interval between the flash and the shockwave got longer, so that the idea that a trained population could exploit that delay to significantly reduce deaths and injuries wasn't so laughable.

        Then there was Sputnik; a nation which can put a satellite in orbit can deliver a nuclear warhead anywhere it pleases, but that warhead has to be relatively small. Then both sides developed MIRV, which stuffed three then as many as ten or even twelve "small" warheads into each missile.  Cities would be peppered with "small" atomic bombs, where small means 10x as large as the Hiroshima bomb.

        At that point the idea of duck and cover seemed like a joke, but what it really was was an anachronism.  True, it always was a little funny, showing this cheerful but terrifying little film to children.

        And eventually the world had so many warheads and delivery systems the idea that our societies could survive a nuclear war became a joke. And without our societies most of us would die.

        I've lost my faith in nihilism

        by grumpynerd on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 07:25:48 PM PDT

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  •  So, are kids supposed to use their iPads like (11+ / 0-)

    Captain America uses his shield, or Diana Prince uses her bracelets?
    Or is it just to make sure if someone loses their son/daughter theyll still have their kid's iPad intact to remember them by, or trade in to APPLE for an upgrade, depending on their preference?

    •  Yes. You have a problem with that? (1+ / 0-)
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      I am inventing right now, as we speak, the Kevlar Laptop Computer Cover and the Ipad Cover with Heart Mount clips. If you buy two for the price of one, you get an extra clip so that your child can put one on his back AND on the front over the heart. In development, the Ipod Nano and the Samsung Galaxy Kevlar ArmorOver.

      These things are going like HOTCAKES, and Remington has called me to ask if they can license them in CAMO!

      Is this a great country, or what?

      (Snark to the Third Power)

      Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

      by OregonOak on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:59:43 PM PDT

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      •  Myself, I'm working on a bulletproof hoodie. (4+ / 0-)

        Oh, wait.... The stand-your-ground crowd is likely to have a problem with that one, aren't they? Dang. Okokok, no problemo...easy enough to switch over to bulletproof polo shirts.

        No person is free except in the freedom of other persons, and that man's only real freedom is to know and faithfully occupy his place -- a much humbler place than we have been taught to think -- in the order of creation. (Wendell Berry)

        by DocDawg on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:06:48 PM PDT

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  •  All that's missing is the designer holster.. (8+ / 0-) could be either open carry option for those hoping for a future in law enforcement or for those interested in anti government, a camouflage edition.
     Then there could be the discreet conceal carry option, for the future kid spies

    designer bullet proof kids attire ..and where is an long gun/assault rifle option for kids. Maybe next year's collection perhaps?


  •  Title alone is worth a Rec (8+ / 0-)

    Outstanding diary!

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:31:17 PM PDT

  •  Dementia and guns (16+ / 0-)

    We are putting our police in harms way because we dither.

    KALAMAZOO, MI Police reports and recordings of a sometimes tense 40-minute encounter with a belligerent, rifle-toting man offers insight into how officers tried to defuse a volatile situation without infringing on his right to openly the gun on a city street.

    Don't send a teddy bear to the Martinez family, they don't want you to intrude on their grief - send a postcard to a politician Not One More

    by 88kathy on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:33:53 PM PDT

  •  Ahh, the glory of the free market. (6+ / 0-)

    Always ready to sell products in reaction to preventable problems.

    The most serious problem in American politics today is that people with wrong ideas are uncompromising, and people with good ideas are submissive and unwilling to fight. Change that, and we might have a real democracy again.

    by Eric Stetson on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:36:18 PM PDT

  •  Bullet Proof clothing is NOT ENOUGH (17+ / 0-)

    (I posted this last year after some other children were murdered somewhere)

    it requires additional add-ons like a built-in 2-way VOX FRS/GMRS transceiver for an in-ear headset that be set in channel-sync with their friend Cover Team.

    Your child Classroom Infantry Unit (CIU), First Class should work with their Cover Team to walk progress to their school Learning Command Post (LCP).

    It is the responsibility of the Cover Team Leader to conduct proper threat assessment in all routing decisions to get them from the house Residential Family Outpost (RFO) to the LCP with a minimum exposure to threat.

    Always select a way-point no more than 100 yards distant so as to expose you to the least amount of enemy fire and DOES NOT require you to cross in front of other members of your Cover Team, thereby masking their fire.

    If you mask the fire of your Cover Team, you are essentially ALONE and IN THE OPEN to the enemy and you CAN NOT rely on your Kevlar Knapsack to protect you from unmitigated enemy fire... DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME SOLDIER?!?!??!

    ADVANCE IN A HIGH CRAWL! Use existing landscaping and parked cars when possible.  Carefully select your timing on any open-area rushes and NEVER REMAIN UPRIGHT FOR MORE THAN 5 SECONDS AT A TIME!

    All CIU's should be ready-equipped with up-armored lunchboxes with at LEAST 2 meals worth of Peanut Butter Crackers 2 Juice Box Electrolyte-Hydration Units.  

    All critical artwork or crayon drawings must be cleared by Command prior to leaving the RFO and properly stored in the Knapsack or a separate tube to prevent damage.  

    Gluesticks need to be fitted for cross-climate use.  #2 pencils must be combat-ready.

    If your mission requires the transport of any sensitive material such as a science project or popsicle stick structure, or in any way requires the use of a costume, YOU MUST request Parental Vehicle Transport.  Don't try to be a hero out there.

    ....and while no one likes to talk about bleak possibilities:  if any CIU falls into enemy hands, always remember your pencil sharpener has a 1" razor blade.  All Covert Operators have received proper training on when to take necessary steps to prevent themselves from compromising sensitive information.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:39:49 PM PDT

    •  We need mroe reforms! (7+ / 0-)

      All CIU's should receive Basic Field First Aid prior to being deployed to middle-school Mid-Range Instructional Centers..  Rubbing leaves on an injury and/or "walking it off" has been found to be ineffective in the lower grades brigades.

      Birthday Cupcakes Mass-Participatory Celebratory Provisions should be provided by the LCP's directly.  We are putting kids in harm's way unnecessarily asking them to transport this kind of cargo.

      The Classroom Hamsters Embedded Small Companion Animals (ESCA) programs should be terminated.  This puts excessive burden on our parental units and transporting live freight every weekend is simply asking for trouble.  We've looked the other way on this under multiple administrations but this Congress needs to ACT NOW.

      Lastly, and I know this won't be popular around here anymore then it has any chance of garnering enough political support, but its time the President put a Blue Ribbon commission together to look into the steps it would take to bring back the Sharp Scissors.   WE LIVE IN A DIFFERENT AGE NOW PEOPLE!!!!!   If it could even save just one life ...  ...wouldn't it be worth it?  

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:41:03 PM PDT

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    •  SYG as applied to "My kids are in danger." (6+ / 0-)

      Emergency Action Response... any adult holding a weapon near a kid gets blown away.  Pre-emptively.

      /That's where it's going.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:53:03 PM PDT

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    •  This, and some of the other comments that follow, (0+ / 0-)

      is hysterically funny.  What's sad is that underlying them are the horrors we see almost weekly that act as their background.

      A word to the wise is sufficient. Republicans need at least a paragraph.

      by d3clark on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 02:31:12 PM PDT

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  •  A false sense of security is NOT a solution. (12+ / 0-)

    Bulletproof Children's Backpack $269.99
    Bulletproof Children's Nylon Jacket $749.99

    How many children are sitting at their desks wearing their jackets and backpacks?

    How do you tell your pet slug that you had escargot for dinner?

    by glb3 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:40:44 PM PDT

    •  This is not meant to be a solution. (8+ / 0-)

      It's just another money-grubbing bastard trying to exploit fear to make a buck.  I'm surprised that the charter school dingleberries haven't tried to use gun violence in schools to promote their agenda yet.

      •  Give it time. Soon it'll be part of the require... (2+ / 0-)
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        reflectionsv37, Janet 707

        Give it time. Soon it'll be part of the required uniform for kids of all ages paid for at parents expense. Failure to purchase will result in a visit from child protective services, kids put in Christian based foster care and parents jailed until proof of purchase, but no release till jail cell rent is paid in full.

        There's real freedom for ya.

    •  Stretch MRAPs become school busses? /nt (1+ / 0-)
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      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:53:54 PM PDT

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    •  Gwinnett (Guns Georgia) Fire Dept getting vests! (2+ / 0-)
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      drmah, reflectionsv37

      Seriously---all the fire department, EMTS, and paramedics are getting that marginal sense of security that so-called "bullet proof vests" offer.

      As if these first responders didn't have enough to carry, and now they are perceived to be in mortal danger from gun carriers…

      This is a most essential investment by county government? Why not improved mental health screening and smarter gun laws?…no, wait, Georgia's new "Guns Everywhere" law expressly forbids any record or list of concealed carry permits, and gun toters can't be challenged by cops to show they have "licenses" to carry concealed. Mental cases must self declare and turn in their guns...

      In Guns Everywhere Georgia, anybody can openly carry any gun, and as a "shall issue" permit state, anybody that can legally own a gun can carry it concealed, no training, just $50 for a five year license…that must be issued.

      And, schools can designate staff that can carry--determined at the local level by the school board. Maybe these kids need protection from the armed school staff--as no standards are set for their firearms or civil rights training. Get aggressive in the cafeteria line , and get shot? Expect it to happen.

      Gwinnett firefighters to be furnished with body armor | news/ news/ breaking-news/ gwinnett-firefighters-to-be-furnished-with-body-ar/ ngDF6/ -

      New Georgia Law Will Allow Guns in Schools, Churches, and Courtrooms

      •  Bulletproof vests do have a useful ... (0+ / 0-)

        purpose...they do work.
        Bulletproof backpacks and jackets for kids is silly. The kids wearing these things are going to be spending more time trying to keep other kids from stealing their expensive gear.

        How do you tell your pet slug that you had escargot for dinner?

        by glb3 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 07:48:39 PM PDT

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  •  Don't worry (3+ / 0-)
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    Miggles, Smoh, Silencio

    Given the rate of school shootings, eventually we will evolve bulletproof skin.

  •  When your children have to wear body armor (8+ / 0-) have failed as a society and need serious help.

    This is bizarro world. We love guns that much that this is a thing.

  •  Another vendor jumps on the bandwagon... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Smoh, GreyHawk, drmah, StevenD56

    ...peddling their "ballistic blankets" as proof against bullets
    AND flying debris in tornadoes.

    I got an idea... Let's wrap the guns in Kevlar, not the children.

    Anybody who feels the need to "bear arms"
    can certainly do so with one of these:

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:57:09 PM PDT

  •  Now they can feel safe getting Happy Meals (3+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, Silencio, WakeUpNeo

    ... in Texas.

    "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

    by Bob Johnson on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:57:30 PM PDT

  •  Next will be the Camo-Kevlar Onesy line (2+ / 0-)
  •  add bullet proof bicycle helmets (0+ / 0-)

    and the kids will be ready for anything.

    No joke, maybe schools should equip each classroom with a series of bullet proof tarps to cover the kids.  Just telling them to hide in a corner isn't working out that well.  And probably makes more sense than AR15's for the security guards.

  •  It's child abuse, (13+ / 0-)

    Making kids so scared of what might happen to them at school.

    I'm surprised there isn't an epidemic of kids refusing to go to school because of terror of all this, the bullet bankets and backpacks must be the icing on the crapcake.

    We should attack now when they'd least expect it #WarOnChristmas

    by AnnetteK on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:17:24 PM PDT

    •  This is my first thought, too (6+ / 0-)

      I mean, I had the specter of WWIII to worry about, but even that seemed removed enough from actuality to be able to not worry about it while AT school.

      How would one explain to a child what the backpack is used for? Why it is so heavy or designed differently than your average store-bought product? "In case someone starts shooting, pull your backpack to your chest/head" -- it seems so absurd...

      And then again, I have a child in HS and middle school. I personally have been in "lock down" mode while working in an elementary school and that was alarming itself. Who knows how that impacted the tiny children who were there with me, hiding beneath the desks. I can't imagine growing up thinking school shootings just "happen."

      Proud Progressive Vaper.

      by exiledfromTN on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:26:04 PM PDT

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    •  My cousin was 5 when Newtown happened, (0+ / 0-)

      and of course her parents didn't tell her anything about it. Why would they? She then went to school, where another 5 year old girl promptly told her that a principal and a bunch of kids were shot at a school. Then the little girl told my cousin that her own parents had been shot and killed.

      What a world we've created for our children.

      Although we can't always protect our kids from the knowledge that things like this happen, it does seem unnecessarily scary to be giving them bulletproof accessories. I've heard the suggestion that we should provide classrooms with bulletproof bookcases that can be moved in front of classroom doors, closets, etc which would provide greater protection for the kids without freaking them out. That makes more sense to me.

  •  It might be a better idea (5+ / 0-)

    if you took the money you would spend on these items and gave it to  groups that are fighting to keep guns out of the hand of nut jobs. Then send the fools in the NRA a letter telling them what you did and why you did it and then add a side note that every time the NRA opens it mouth you are going to send money to groups that stand up the NRA and the open carry fools. Time to put an end to there stupidity.

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:18:14 PM PDT

    •  My thoughts exactly (2+ / 0-)
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      I will convey something to these suckers who buy this.

      A doctor once told my husband to imagine himself in a safe place.
      My husband said.. There is no safe place.
      Well meaning doc suggested he go to a peaceful spot in his head and feel safe
      doc asked if he felt safe there.
      Husband said.. Absolutely not.
      There is no safe place.
      Doctor said how come?
      He said , If I got there so could someone else.

      Now he was making a point but a good one.
      People need to make reform through trying to put mental health and some sanity and reason among the people and legislators and take away power from the money changers.
      One can sit at home and a flying bullet hit you as a stray does from outside...  This indeed is child abuse.. When one settles in their mind there is no safe place and fear cannot dominate their lives plus this harms kids.. then we can move on to maybe a more civilized country.  Are kids supposed to wear body armour while watching Spongbob at home...

      Just how much Koch do Right Wingers want in their life? . United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:51:20 PM PDT

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  •  the NRA is a gold-mine that never stops! (2+ / 0-)
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    Vetwife, drmah

    Gun-scares sell more guns, and now they sell bulletproof stuff!

    Today's paranoia is tomorrow's profit!

    And nobody ever went broke exploiting the stupid.  They just keep making the solution to gun problems more gun products and the money will roll right in...

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:27:12 PM PDT

  •  The NRA - Making murder mundane n/t (5+ / 0-)
  •  As we saw when Sam Wurlzebacher said... (9+ / 0-)
    "But, as harsh as this sounds, your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights."
    Guns come before before kids on the list of what's important to some folks.


    "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

    by Bob Johnson on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:42:26 PM PDT

  •  New childhood verse (4+ / 0-)

    Oh baby bunting,
    daddy's gone a hunting,
    to get a bulletproof rabbit skin
    to wrap his baby bunting in...

    I am soo sick of this sh..t.

    Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

    by barbwires on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:52:17 PM PDT

  •  Oh, more "adaptation." (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jan4insight, hamjudo

    Adapt to gun proliferation by armoring students.  Adapt to global climate change by building seawalls.  Adapt to diabetes by new kinds of shots rather than lose weight. Adapt to stress by taking tranquilizers.

    Don't solve the problem. Adapt to it.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:52:42 PM PDT

  •  Unbef**kinglievable. (1+ / 0-)
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    too strange has just gotten a lot stranger, and only those who can turn a profit miss the rather obvious cognitive meltdown here.

    bring your own petard.

  •  Definition of "GUNorrhea" (7+ / 0-)

    a drip with a gun that has a painful discharge.

    There are only two kinds of Republicans: Millionaires and fools.

    by deh on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:55:40 PM PDT

  •  Bulletproofing children? (4+ / 0-)

    Besides being a sad, twisted response to our inability to regulate guns, I also wonder just how effective these things really are. As I understand it, military body armor has special heavy inserts for stopping rifle rounds. If our kids have to face military weapons in their schools, parents will need to spring for military body armor and up-armored desks.

  •  Hunter, did you catch my diary from the other day? (5+ / 0-)

    It's "Duck and Cover" redux, and, basically, this:

    It's the era of the new "Duck and Cover" because freedumb and stuff.

  •  I can't believe that the NRA is not opposing this (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    historys mysteries, drmah

    as a constitutional affront to bullets, much in the same manner that the Religious Right is upset that they cannot attack the LGBT community.

    In loyalty to their kind, they cannot tolerate our minds. In loyalty to our kind, We cannot tolerate their obstruction.

    by mojave mike on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 02:59:47 PM PDT

  •  Soon, full body armor. (1+ / 0-)
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    Kids can play at jousting and practice their martial arts during normal times.


    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:09:00 PM PDT

  •  I think we need to just cut to the chase & add (3+ / 0-)
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    drmah, reflectionsv37, debris54

    an AR-15 to the standard list of elementary-school necessities, along with the notebook, pencils & gluestick.  In fact, given the high stakes here, it might be time to revisit that quaint federal prohibition on full-auto.  And since we're only talking about short-range Classroom Defense situations, I would think the traditional Uzi/Sten machine-pistol format would be preferable--lighter and fit more easily into the children's armored backbacks.

    Now obviously, even with the mandatory gun-safety training, it won't be prudent to have a classroom of 4th-graders outgunning the teacher in the course of day-to-day instruction; so all classroom overhead projectors will need to be enhanced with a couple of Hellfire missiles and/or a pair of 30 mm M230s, to suppress potential insurgent activity or playful shenanegans among the students.  Of course these weapons could also be used to aid in defense against classroom intruders, in case the Tot Defensive Fire Teams (TDFTs) can't handle that mission alone.

    It goes without saying that the higher school administration, in turn, should not feel themselves outgunned by instructors; so each principal will conduct his/her regular administrative business from within a modified M1 Abrams tank.   A study is currently underway to determine whether the principal should be required to exit this vehicle for the purposes of meeting with parents; or, alternatively, the parents should be allowed to meet with the principal on neutral ground in a main battle tank of their own choosing.              

  •  But, But Grandmothers Can't Afford To Buy Them (2+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, debris54

    what's a grandmother on a fixed income to do?

    I can't afford to buy my grandson a bullet-proof backpack. He'll think I don't love him enough to protect him.

  •  We are a nation consumed with worrying (1+ / 0-)
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    Yes, most of the reasons for The Worry Of The Day are fairly ridiculous.

    The leading cause of death in children is  unintentional injury, and the leading cause of unintentional injury is vehicle related deaths.    

    So, while everyone is in Walmart buying their child-sized bullet-proof vests, I'll be checking to make sure my kids' seatbelts are fastened.

  •  Not much changes in the course of a lifetime.... (1+ / 0-)
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    1958: Schoolroom desks used as a shield against nuclear blasts.

    2014: Child's backpacks used as a shield against assault-rifle blasts.

    "We have met the enemy and he is us."--Pogo

  •  Ironic, isn't it? (1+ / 0-)
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    You cannot legally own body armor, but if you could get your mom to sew you a trenchcoat with many large pockets, you could slide in bulletproof notebook covers for DIY body armor.

    I don't know why this is funny, but it is.

    THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. -- L. Ron Hubbard Technique 88

    by xenubarb on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 03:25:07 PM PDT

    •  I don't think.. (1+ / 0-)
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      this is accurate.  

      You cannot legally own body armor
      A quick google search shows many places you can buy body armor.  It looks like some states may regulate the selling of body armor, but you can own it.'s the new smart for right wingers.

      by StevenD56 on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 01:41:30 AM PDT

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  •  Emigration (2+ / 0-)
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    If I had young children today, I would seriously consider emigrating.  The voters in the U.S. are paralyzed on the issue of gun control.  What will it take to bring about an end to the proliferation of assault weapons, the lack of gun checks, etc?  Will every family in the U.S. have to lose a child before the public becomes outraged enough to turn on the NRA?  It's time to repeal the 2nd amendment.

  •  When I saw the title I envisioned something (0+ / 0-)

    Like the crickets in Hawaii, evolving out of chirping.  Somewhere there is a professor teaching the newly evolved Xmen youth.
    God that we could evolve beyond the fear and violence.

  •  To paraphrase an old one-liner: (1+ / 0-)
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    "Why don't they just make the whole school out of the backpacks?"

    "Soylent Green is people too, my friend!" Guess Who

    by oldmaestro on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 07:06:51 PM PDT

  •  It's not a bad idea at all. (0+ / 0-)

    A child running away from a shooter, what's the single largest target the shooter has to fire at? The torso area. You're not likely to have precision head shots being carefully fired in the chaos. For an escaping child, a bulletproof backpack or a bulletproof iPad case in a backpack just could make a difference.

    This is not a solution to the problem at all. Not even close. But for some parents there's the chance that it could mean their child gets through one of these horrific events.

  •  If I Were Starting Out In Life (0+ / 0-)

    If I were starting out in life instead of entering its evening, I'd get out of this insane country as fast as I could and find a more rational place to settle down and raise a family.

  •  *** (0+ / 0-)

    How long until one kid kills another kid with a gun as they try to test the bullet-proof backpack or blanket?

  •  That won't pose a problem (0+ / 0-)

    The killers will just switch to teflon-coated bullets.

  •  Mouse milk (0+ / 0-)

    The idea is unlikely to work in the real world as ether a bullet shield or tornado protection.

  •  The Second Amendment should be repealed. It has... (0+ / 0-)

    The Second Amendment should be repealed. It has outlived its usefullness and is now doing far more harm than good. And in fact is now a threat to the security of the states and their inhabitants.

  •  I'd have no problem with this (0+ / 0-)

    if armor were inexpensive, widely available and easily adoptable into our every day lives.  But at $400 a pop, this is quite blatantly preying on outsized fear of rare events amongst the privileged classes.

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