The Truth Behind Bulletproof Backpacks
Aug 07, 2023
As staunch supporters of the Second Amendment at Custom Armor Group (CAG), we uphold the principle that the rights of American citizens to bear arms are sacrosanct. Our business is dedicated to saving lives and providing reliable protective gear.
Today, as a new school year approaches and parents and caregivers nationwide prepare for the unique challenges of sending their children back to school, we feel compelled to address a recent topic that has gained significant traction: bulletproof backpacks for children. Safety is always a top priority, and in recent years, these backpacks have been increasingly marketed as a solution to these concerns.
Why Doesn't CAG Offer Bulletproof Backpacks?
At CAG, our dedication to integrity and safety guide our business decisions. Therefore, we've chosen not to offer bulletproof backpacks. This decision isn't rooted in politics but in our unwavering commitment to delivering practical, reliable safety solutions. Despite the rising popularity and demand for bulletproof backpacks, they may inadvertently offer a misleading sense of security.
Exposing the Bulletproof Backpack Industry
The industry of bulletproof backpacks has witnessed an influx of companies that are more interested in capitalizing on fear rather than offering reliable, quality-assured products. These companies often need more experience, quality control measures, certifications, and adequate liability insurance for designing, manufacturing, and supplying legitimate ballistic-resistant products.
Many of these businesses might be described as get-rich-quick enterprises, utilizing fear-based marketing to push products that may not live up to their promised protection levels. This not only endangers trust but, more critically, it potentially endangers lives.
Understanding the Limitations of Bulletproof Backpacks
Most bulletproof backpacks on the market are built to withstand rounds from handguns, which, although beneficial in specific scenarios, are not sufficient in the face of high-velocity rifle rounds often used in school shootings.
To effectively shield against such ammunition, a backpack must incorporate heavy, rigid armor plates - an impractical addition to a child's everyday school backpack. Additionally, by design, a backpack only offers limited protection coverage, making it a less-than-ideal solution for comprehensive protection.
Reframing the Approach to Safety
While the instinct to protect our children is universal and deeply ingrained, we at CAG advocate for a comprehensive and pragmatic approach to safety. This includes fostering secure school environments, advocating for effective threat identification and response training, and calling for improved mental health resources.
The issues surrounding school shootings are complex and multi-layered, and it's crucial to remember that safety goes beyond personal protective equipment. Adequate safety measures are proactive, not merely reactive, and involve the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders - parents, educators, community leaders, and law enforcement.
Be aware of scammers.
Over the past several years, multiple news stories have shed light on the questionable practices within the bulletproof backpack industry. From companies falsely advertising the capabilities of their products to instances where businesses have been found selling uncertified and potentially unsafe armor, these stories underscore the urgency of regulation and vigilance in this sector. Some customers, driven by their desire to keep their children safe, have unfortunately fallen prey to these misleading marketing tactics.
Why did we write this post?
At CAG, we respect and uphold our customers' rights to protect themselves and their loved ones. However, our commitment to providing reliable, effective, and practical safety solutions compels us to clarify the misconceptions surrounding bulletproof backpacks.
We encourage our customers to consider bulletproof backpacks as part of a broader, more comprehensive safety strategy rather than an ultimate solution. After all, proper safety is not about creating an impenetrable shield but rather about building a robust, integrated protection system.
Our commitment to safety, transparency, and integrity guides our mission to educate and equip our customers. Together, we can create a safer environment for our children, focusing not on fear but on empowerment and vigilance.