Would you buy body armor or bulletproof backpacks for your kids?

@mommyboo (13198)
United States
December 19, 2012 8:38am CST
In light of shootings in public places, would you consider finding and purchasing body armor and bullet proof vests or backpacks or other safety gear for yourself or your kids? I don't actually think this is such a strange idea, I know the vice principal of my high school used to walk around in a bullet proof vest, it didn't seem to bother me at the time when I was a kid but NOW as an adult, thinking back, I wonder what he was afraid of. Is this something the average person needs to consider in these times?
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
19 Dec 12
hmmmmm.... what an interesting question. I don't know. I think for me, I don't want my child living in fear of what if. I love my children dearly. I know if some form of violent act happen to them it would change me and my life forever. but to have my child living in fear that today might be the day they will die. I don't know if that's the way to live for any person let alone a child. In light of what happened, this is a great question and something to really think about. I just don't know
• Tanzania
19 Dec 12
Hi 34momma, I actually agree with you on this. The fear this creates in children would be life long. We are living at a time when, if you read the Bible, is called 'critical times', hard to deal with: 2 Timothy 3:1-3. Tough decision but yes the children need some comfort that they are safe.
@eagletrek2 (5186)
• Kingston, New York
19 Dec 12
Hi I do not have any kids at this time but if I did the first thing on mine is yes I want the kids safe but that body armor probly cost a lot of money most likely i would want to home school my kidsthis way I know they are safe.have a good day.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
23 Dec 12
I'm sure it IS expensive and maybe not easy for the average person to find either. I've seen a few people mention they just wouldn't send their kids to school but you know what, that's like hiding in fear and I think that's even worse.
@namiya (1599)
• Philippines
19 Dec 12
I think I won't for if I may not be able to explain appropriately why it may trigger a fear in him and the initial intention of preventing physical harm may set off a psychological effect instead.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
23 Dec 12
I wouldn't say anything about it, if I were to get a bulletproof backpack it would just be something I did. The only reason I would say anything would be if my child asked me lol.
@ruffabee (145)
• Philippines
19 Dec 12
of course body armor, because it will protect the entire body especially its vital parts. I am after my safety and protection, and I know you are also after that.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
23 Dec 12
The only issue with this is the cost - apparently it is very pricey and hard to find. I'm not sure if just anybody can buy it either.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
27 Dec 12
The very idea of wearing body armor or feeling the need to protect myself or my kids is just such a foreign idea that I cannot even think of how it must feel to seriously consider taking such extreme measures. So I guess the answer is no. I am thankful that I do not live in the USA where these incidents occur frequently, but even if I did I would not do it as that only adds to the fear mentality that is prevalent in the USA.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Dec 12
Maybe if you live in a country at war like in Iraq or Afghanistan or America, which while not at war, generally doesn't have a problem with the bearing of arms which of course means the occasional character is going to destroy the lives of hundreds of people when he goes on a killing spree.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
21 Dec 12
You know, I do realize that there have been two highly publicized public massacres this year, the shooting at Sandy Hook last week and then shooting at the premiere of the Batman movie being the other. However, despite the fact that these two things have happened, I couldn't begin to imagine forcing my children to wear bulletproof vests or wearing one myself. I hate to completely change the way that I live my life because of a few bad apples. These massacres might be happening more often, but they are still the exception to the norm.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
20 Dec 12
I know most people don't agree with my choice but I am more glad than ever that I chose to Home School my children. It was the best thing I could do for them in my opinion of course... That is one less place I have to worry about my children getting hurt or killed. If I was a teacher or a principal in a school you can bet your butt I would be wearing a bullet proof vest at least! These days you just never know...
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@jkct02 (2859)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 12
Something must be done urgently to control the gun - Something must be done urgently to control the guns and weapons.
It is sad and unfortunate that if we need to wear such protective gears just to be safe. I can understand that if we are staying in a war-torn country where bullets and bombs are daily occurrences. But the country that we are talking about here is supposedly the biggest civilized, democratic, and law abiding society in the world. It is sad if we don't feel safe from our own people. Something must be done urgently.
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
20 Dec 12
Sorry, no. I've worn it & it's not comfortable or easy to move in. My girls are instead taught what to do in a shooting situation. When everyone panics & runs towards the doors it causes a bottlekneck & makes it easy for the gunman to hit lots of people at once without even aiming. A few smart people at close range when it starts could actually stop him relatively easily if they act.
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@wuoakeyo (42)
• Tanzania
19 Dec 12
In the wake of rampant violence that has plagued the world today one is actually tempted to do so. Last week, in the USA, a 20 year old shot and killed 20 school children plus a number of teachers then killed himself. Nerve chilling, is it not. This incident crashed many hearts. I was personally very disturbed by this bizarre act. No one can predict when such madness would occur so it is better to be safe than sorry. I would. My only question is, for how long and what effect would doing have on the children. Would the children grow normally or they will live in fear all their lives?
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• Philippines
19 Dec 12
I would if I could. My kids' safety will always be my priority when I'm already a father.
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• United States
10 Feb 13
If if gets to a point where I feel that I have to provide body armour for my kids to go to school then I will pull them out of school I will find a way to homeschool them
@Pegasus72 (1901)
30 Jan 13
No their lives are in God's hands what good does a backpack do when you can go for the head? When kids need this there is a problem. Time to homeschool I would say.
• Canada
3 Jan 13
The way things are going, it's not a bad idea at all. I wonder if they have, or will, invent something that a kid can put under their clothes, that would not be noticed. After the things that happened at Sandy Hook, I think kids in body armour would be a great idea. It's sad that it's come to this, but we have to do something to save our children.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
19 Dec 12
Wow..I suppose it is not such a bad idea although I am a little sad thinking about it. I have been considering my new granddaughter's future in public school and am considering other options as I type this. I have put three children through school..well...one has three more years. I have considered homeschooling her too but at this stage in her education..I just don't know. I would buy protective equipment if I had no choice but at this point in my life, I would take her out first. That does bring another argument to the table though...how do they know how to deal with aggression if they are not exposed? Of course an incident is far to much exposure but you would want them to be protected if they had one..wow..Oh my...you have got me pondering this one for sure.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
19 Dec 12
Nope! What do you do about the head, arms and legs? Killers always find a way.
• Philippines
19 Dec 12
If that's the only way to keep them safe, YES! There's nothing wrong of being over protective mom though. :) I prefer to buy body armor for them lol.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
19 Dec 12
Personally I don't think this is a strange idea at all if it's a choice between sending your child to school with a bullet proof vest and saving his life, or not and having him being shot at, well no contest. Desperate measures in desperate times.
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
19 Dec 12
Letting kids wear those protective gear only makes the child less confident on his country. It will only make her paranoid and panic. She feels she don't live in a peaceful and trust worthy place. I guess the best thing for me to do is to check before enrolling the security of a certain school. Tight security means child bit safe.