Williams said Amendment II has been selling its products to police and military agencies for years now and began putting sheets of the material in children’s backpacks a year ago. He rejected any suggestion the company is seeking to cash in on last week’s shooting in which a deranged man killed 20 children and six adults at the school using a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle.
Parents, meanwhile, had mixed reactions to the concept of bulletproof backpacks, with some believing they would instill even more fear into young students.
“I’d rather have an administrator or a teacher be armed and trained to handle situations like that if they were to occur,” Laron Zaugg told Fox 13. “But having a child always having to think about that and be prepared for that every day as they get ready for school would be way over the top.”
“I think when these things happen we have the chance to ask ourselves tough questions,” Martindale told Fox 13. “One of those is what kind of a society do we want to live in? Do we want to live in a society where we send our kids to school in Kevlar backpacks and arm our teachers? I think we create more chaos by responding that way.”
Sales of guns have also increased dramatically since Friday’s shooting. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said it received a record 4,154 requests for background checks on Saturday, the day after the shooting. That was slightly more than on its normal biggest day, Black Friday.
Bob Irwin, CEO of The Gun Store in Las Vegas, said customer traffic had jumped since the school shooting, as many customers are concerned that more restrictive gun laws will be enacted. Irwin has not pulled any guns from the shelf, he said.
Walmart, which offers Bushmaster rifles in some stores, said it would not change the guns it sells, but company spokesman David Tovar said the web listing for the Bushmaster "was taken down in light of the tragic events."