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【双语】美国枪击频发 学生"防弹书包"热销

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With every mass shooting in the United Statescomes renewed fear of another.


It's a fear particularly potent among parents ofyoung children and especially now, days away fromthe start of the school year. It's not unwarranted -- CNN examined 10 years of shootings on K-12campuses and found two sobering truths: Schoolshootings are increasing, and no type of communityis spared.


Instead of letting their children choose a plastic backpack covered in Hello Kitty or Spider-Man,some parents are purchasing bags that double as shields in case kids get caught in gunfire.


Companies like Guard Dog Security, Bullet Blocker and TuffyPacks designed bulletproofbackpacks to quell those concerns.


The retailers said backpack sales spike during the back-to-school season, and all three said theysaw a significant uptick in the aftermath of mass shootings.


Joe Curran founded Bullet Blocker 12 years ago after a shooting at Virginia Tech killed 33people.To protect his two school-aged children, the former sheriff's deputy inserted bodyarmor into their backpacks, he said. Classmates' parents asked for inserts for their children'sbags, and it grew into a business.


The company's website calls the bulletproof backpack a "consumer favorite." Prices range from$160 to $490. Most are JanSport or High Sierra backpacks retrofitted with ballistic panels sewninto the back. The smallest offering, the "Junior Pack," is suggested for preschoolers.


Sales have increased 200% since the mass shootings last weekend, Curran said.


Yasir Sheikh, president of Guard Dog Security, said the company launched a line of bulletproofbackpacks in 2013. The bags retail for between $119.99 and $299.99.


Raquel K.W. Donahue decided to purchase a bulletproof insert for her 6-year-old son beforehe starts first grade. She opted for the insert instead of the pricier backpack because he'lloutgrow a bag quickly, and the insert was marketed to last 20 years, she said.


Donahue is a reference and instruction librarian at Prairie View A&M University in Texas.About an hour and a half away is Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 people were killed at a high schoolin May 2018; 10 hours away is El Paso, where a gunman killed 22 people at a Wal-Mart onSaturday.


"There is the morbidity factor," Steve Naremore, CEO of TuffyPacks, acknowledged of theproduct's purpose.


"When I was in school, there was no such thing as active shooter drills," he said. "But timeshave changed."


Donahue's son brought it up first. He came home from an active shooter drill in kindergartenand shared what he'd learned to do if a "bad guy comes to hurt him," she said.


"He's worried about things I never dreamed of," she said. "It makes me sad -- and angry."


She's had active shooter trainings at work, too. After a 2014 shooting in a library at FloridaState University in Tallahassee -- the same town where a gunman would kill two women in ayoga studio four years later -- Donahue and her fellow librarians have planned what they'd do incase of an attack.


"It's sort of incredible how this is impacting both my personal and professional life."



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