A new invention by a couple of dads in Boston should have this country up in arms, so to speak, about the Second Amendment. According to a local news report, these fathers have invented a bulletproof backpack.
Now, it's come to this for going to school in America. What are next, bulletproof uniforms and teachers armed and trained to shoot to kill?
The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights is a touchy subject for people who like to carry guns, and say those who want to take them away are being "un-American."
This country owes it to the children to take a hard look at the Second Amendment, and see it for what it's worth. To put it plainly, let's go right to the source: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
But those who sympathize with the National Rifle Association are probably screaming, "From my cold, dead hands," by now. The NRA also stands firm that "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."
A gun is a weapon used for the purpose of killing — whether it's an innocent animal (sorry, hunters, you don't kill, you thin their numbers), or it's someone breaking into your home and you grab the gun from the nightstand — nothing more, nothing less.
To quote the legendary British comedian Eddie Izzard, "The NRA says 'guns don't kill people, people do.' But I think that the gun helps. You know? I think it helps. I think that if you just walked around going 'Bang!' you wouldn't kill too many people would you? You'd have to be really dodgy on the heart for that to work."
But, back on point here, it's sad to think that these fathers want their children to be mindful of the dangers of what could happen at any moment of any day instead of focused on why their in school to begin with — to learn.
The backpacks will sell for $175, and the bulletproof material in them will stop a number of bullets, including 9-millimeter hollow points, according to the news story. One of the inventors, Joe Curran, said the backpacks are a defensive move, and are not playing up the paranoia that schools are unsafe, according to the news station.
He said he and Mike Pelonzi thought of the idea as they watched the events of Columbine High School unfold on television. The Columbine massacre took place April 20, 1999, when two teenagers killed 12 students and one teacher before killing themselves, in Jefferson County, Colorado, near Littleton and Denver. The perpetrators, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, used the following weapons during the assault: an Intratec TEC-DC9, a Hi-Point 995 Carbine, a Savage 67H pump-action shotgun, and a Stevens 311D double-barreled sawed-off shotgun, and a number of homemade bombs.
On April 16, 2007, the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, became the scene of the deadliest school shooting in modern U.S. history. The massacre topped the Columbine shooting, as Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 25 more in two separate shootings before killing himself.
Curran said to NewsCenter 5 out of Boston, "I want to keep my kid safe. I don't care what you do — if you want to fight the good fight or fix the world's hurts, I can't help you, but my kids are going to be safe because of these backpacks."
The backpacks are a sad commentary on the way this society treats guns on the streets.
Want to really keep the children in this country safe?
Let's get stricter gun laws on the books, and start another conversation about what exactly the Second Amendment means when guns in schools have children carrying bulletproof backpacks.
That conversation can do more for them than bulletproof book carriers ever could. It could save their lives before the next bullets take flight.