Daily Digest: Think of the Children Edition

Miguel Caballeros’ business in Bogota, Colombia courtesy www.washingtonpost.com

Today we begin in Colombia where the Washington Post is drooling over Miguel Caballero, a maker of bulletproof clothing who is introducing a new line: MC Kids. He’ll offer “backpacks and jackets for children, including some in girlie pink and stamped with fluttering fairies, that are outfitted with bulletproof plating to stop the slugs from an Israeli-made Uzi.”  Think it’s for the scions of the drug lords down there? Nope. He says that in the 20 years he’s been making bulletproof gear, there’s never been a demand in Colombia for bulletproof kids’ wear. Instead, he’s targeting the US where “there are about as many firearms as people…and where mass shootings have prompted some to stock up on weapons and seek other forms of protection.”  So far he’s sold about 300 bulletproof backpacks in Denver for just under $300 each . . .

His distributor in the US is also trying to convince school districts to buy tactical “safety vests” that would be stored somewhere until “a ballistics emergency.”  So while the teachers are huddled behind their bulletproof whiteboards, the kids can all scurry over to their lockers to don their bulletproof vests. Sounds like a plan to me. And in other news…

Did you know that we as a society value our businesses more than we do our kids, and that’s why gun control laws don’t get passed? That’s the conclusion from a report by Radius Intelligence and reported in Forbes. “The conclusion I draw from our report is that economic conditions play an important role in the laws that pass or fail. To Americans, supporting economic growth is paramount in our country; it’s unfortunately even more important than protecting our children or our future.”  Of course, the fact that current laws aren’t enforced and the new laws are practically irrelevant and do nothing to prevent another Newtown-style incident have nothing at all to do with it.

WTNH.com reports that “it could be as long as September” before a report on the investigation into the Newtown school shooting is finished. The only reason for the delay that was given was “authorities are working to complete the investigation as quickly as they can but want to make sure they do a thorough and accurate job.” Not only that, but they have to make sure there’s nothing there that could prove the gun control crowd wrong.

Bulova Technologies Group, Inc. announced they’ve signed of a contract valued at $5.2 million for the sale of commercial ammunition for distribution in the United States over the next six months. But before you rush down to your LGS, you should know that, “Bulova Technologies Group… acts as a commissioned sales agent for Bulova Tech Ordnance LLC [which] draws on its extensive and long-standing relationship within the defense industry and with international customers to identify and facilitate, for a fee, the acquisition of defense-related contracts by Bulova Tech Ordnance, LLC.”  Is anyone besides me wondering how much of this will end up in DHS armories?

Using an AR-15 to defend yourself when someone breaks in is a good thing. Using it to shoot at someone who is fleeing isn’t. KDRV12 in Medford, Oregon covers just such an instance (above) while trying to set a record for saying the phrase “assault rifle” the most times in a single 1:30 clip. The shooter justifies his actions: “When I’m dealt with a stressful situation, being a veteran… I just jump into ‘combat mode.’” Okaaaaayyyy…  Just what the antis need to hear to further restrictions on firearms for us crazy, trigger-happy, stressed-out vets.

Staples is running a “PUSH It Forward” contest where they provide a “$50,000 digital marketing push” for the winning small business.  Unless, that is, you’re a drug pusher, run a local chapter of the KKK, or own a gun store. Travis Vonseggern and Bill Jackson from Maple Creek Gunsmithing in Fremont, Nebraska entered their business in the contest.  And then got back an email that stated “We’re sorry, but your small business entry into the Staples PUSH It Forward Contest has been rejected for the following reason(s): Entry contains content that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; is obscene or offensive; or endorses any form of hate or hate group.”

In April 2009, Nikki Groesner’s husband was gunned down in a bar in Nashville, Tennessee. Even though she had a gun, she had to leave it in her car instead of taking it in with her because it was illegal at that time to take a firearm into a bar in Tennessee. She told News Channel 5, “I’ll never really know if I could have prevented that from happening, because I was denied that chance.” But instead of taking the usual path of becoming a professional victim, she became a gun rights advocate and now campaigns for the abolition of gun-free zones. She’s just released a book about her experiences, Denied a Chance, which she describes as “not just a pro-gun book, it’s about love, it’s about grief, trauma and loss.”

comments

  1. avatar William says:

    “It can skip…”

    On DIRT and GRASS? You grandstanding hair oil nincompoop… I’d like to THROTTLE you!

    1. avatar BlinkyPete says:

      As usual… huh?

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        It’s an alternative universe thing. You wouldn’t understand.

  2. avatar joe smith says:

    I wouldn’t mind a bullet-resistant backpack…

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      What if you get shot from the front?

      1. avatar Ing says:

        You get a front pack, of course! Then a fanny pack in case somebody tries to shoot you in the derriere…the options are endless, really.

      2. avatar jdb says:

        What if you get shot from the front? Well, less risk of over-penetration, of course.

  3. avatar Sean says:

    Think I am going to buy an old surplus BTR 70 and demand all my professors give their lecture in the parking lot. If they are afraid of getting shot, i’ll let them use a megaphone and give the class from inside the BTR.

  4. avatar Ing says:

    “…promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous…”

    That may *appear* unsafe or dangerous? The entire legal profession, not to mention the mass media machine, is built on making innocuous places, people, objects, and activities appear unsafe or dangerous. Show me something that *can’t* appear unsafe or dangerous, and then we can talk.

  5. avatar KevinMA says:

    I have a 5YO and 7YO in my house, and guns! they must be severely at risk! Oh, my wife who is a teacher with a Master’s in Education, and a CCW permit in MA say’s we’re OK, whew….

  6. avatar doesky2 says:

    That dude who shot at the fleeing robber is as stupid as a brick for talking to anybody but his lawyer. While in the lawyers office I’m pretty sure the lawyer would have asked Mr. Ex Marine “Aren’t you maybe forgetting about the threatening moves the robber made towards you?…..Did you feel that your life was threatened?”

    Jesus, you got to give a jury something to hang their hat on for an acquittal or for the DA to give you a plea bargain. Pretty hard for the public to give you a pass when you’re yapping your pie hole on the evening news saying how tough you are.

    I have a list in bot of my teenage kids glove compartments of what to say if they get in a wreck. #1 is “I’m in shock and I can’t talk”. Works in just about every occasion.

    1. avatar Colt Magnum says:

      Yep, he should have talked to lawyer first. Now, his only defense may be claiming that he was only following V.P. Biden’s advice to fire a “warning shot”. Double Barrel Joe should pay his legal fees.

    2. avatar tfunk says:

      Are we sure he shot at a “fleeing” robber? Or is that just what was reported? If it’s reported based on what the attempted robber says I am, uhh, SLIGHTLY doubtful that is the true story

  7. avatar ChuckN says:

    “We’re sorry, but your small business entry into the Staples PUSH It Forward Contest has been rejected for the following reason(s): … firearms/weapons…”

    I think the best way to put pressure back on Stapes is to issue a release that says “Staples has disqualified us for use of our 1st Amendment rights to openly support the other 26.”

  8. avatar Matt in FL says:

    I’m really friggin’ sick of seeing firearms get lumped in with the “vices” of alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, and obscenity.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Guns, alcohol, tobacco and obscenity are four of my favorite fvcking things.

      1. avatar Rich Grise says:

        Me, Too!

        Who was it who said, “Alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives should be lanes at the local convenience store, not government bureaucracies!”

        Personally, I’m also for Peace on Drugs.

  9. avatar Jack says:

    If the conclusion of a report includes the word “unfortunately,” it’s an editorial.

  10. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

    Isn’t that interesting? The reporterette says the wanted felon was running away when the police arrived, but later, the detective says that the wanted felon was walking away. Hmm? Is it me, or does the detective seem to be giving the benefit of the doubt to the wanted felon, rather than the home owner defending his property? Is the detective going with the wanted felon’s statement that he was only walking away? Ya, that’s what wanted felons do when confronted with the prospect of being arrested for attempted B&E. Here we have Johnny Law who appears to be taking the side of the wanted felon, while they attempt to create a felon out of a home owner defending his life and property. This is why here in Florida, we have the Castle Law. We don’t have to wait till the bad guy breaks through our door before we can defend our property or our life, with deadly force.
    This doesn’t pass the smell test.

    1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

      Methford! My cousin does not talk very fondly of his home city.

  11. avatar andarm16 says:

    Look for the armored backpacks to be the hot item for Back To School 2013.

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      Invest in them now since ammo cant be invested in at this time, turn around in august and sell the back packs to buy some ammo…unless its still all gone.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Or keep the backpack and use it to carry the ammo.

  12. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Maybe the guy getting shot at by the “assault rifle” should have been wearing a bullet resistant back pack?

    1. avatar Frank Williams says:

      Just as long as it wasn’t a backpack from the “children’s line.”

      When it came to the children’s line, Caballero decided to go with anti-bullet plates that could stop slugs from, say, a Glock semiautomatic handgun, but not a Bushmaster .223 rifle, the weapon that shooter Adam Lanza used at Sandy Hook.

      The bulletproof shield needed to deflect a round from a powerful rifle would be too heavy in children’s items. Caballero also said he thought lighter rounds are most often used in killings in the United States.

  13. avatar Theo says:

    “authorities are working to complete the investigation as quickly as they can but want to make sure they do a thorough and accurate job.”

    If that means they need more time to forensically reconstruct the electro-magnetic content of the hard disk that whats-his-name smashed up, so be it. Let’s give them the time.

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