In the wake of school shootings bulletproof backpack manufacturers are cashing in on parents trying to protect their children, but how effective are these bulletproof backpacks and inserts against active shooters, and are these manufacturers overstating the ability of their products to protect your children?
Watch the video to see for yourself…
Damian Ross, founder of Bodyguard Personal Armour is a shocked by the industry, “I seriously question the tactical expertise and the ethics of these ballistic protection manufacturers when I see advertisements of kids holding level 3A backpacks and shields in front of their faces.”
Bulletproof doesn’t mean is can stop ALL bullets.
There are varying levels of ballistic protection set by the National Institute of Justice.
The current NIJ Levels are 2A, 2, 3A, 3, (3+) 4.
Level 3A protection will do a good job against handguns. But keep in mind that level 3A rating is based on body armor worn by an average sized adult absorbing the impact against the body.
However, holding a 3A backpack or over your face is only going to get you killed. The blunt force trauma will probably knock you unconscious. And even if you could stand your ground with 3A armor – you’re likely going to get hit with the next shot.
The tactic of hiding behind armor is negligent.
Ross comments, “A bulletproof backpack is NOT the Captain America Shield. When facing an active shooter you should either be RUNNING, HIDING or FIGHTING and when it comes to body armor, you want the most are of coverage and the highest level of protection – why mess around with anything else.”
In response, Ross and his team developed the Bodyguard Switchblade Personal Armor System. The only bulletproof backpack that gives you 3+ protection and the most front and back coverage area.
The below charts show you what level 2A, 3A and 3+ certifications will stop: