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.”