Florida school offers parents bulletproof panels for student backpacks

Parents at one Miami-area school are being offered the chance to purchase bulletproof panels for their children's backpacks to guard against a school shooting.

Florida Christian School, a K-12 nondenominational private school, distributes an order form for the $120 ballistic panel on its website. The insert, which reportedly weighs less than a book, can be slipped into a backpack as a security tool, the school's head of security told The Miami Herald.

"It's just a tool," said George Gulla. "I'd rather be prepared for the worst than be stuck after saying, 'Wow, I wish we would've done that.'"

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Columbine high school students run from the school after gunmen opened fire on terrified students, killing up to 25 people before taking their own lives April 20, police said. Jeff Stone, sheriff of Jefferson County, said the gunmen, students at the school, were found dead in the library on what he called a "suicide mission. GCC/RC

School Number One, where the Beslan school hostage crisis and massacre took place on September 1, 2004, when a group of armed terrorists took around 1100 people hostage, including 777 children, demanding an end to the Second Chechen War. On the third day of the standoff, Russian security forces stormed the school. 334 hostages were killed, including 186 children, with hundreds wounded or missing.

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Twenty-seven wooden angel figures are seen placed in a wooded area beside a road near the Sandy Hook Elementary School for the victims of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut December 16, 2012. Twelve girls, eight boys and six adult women were killed in the shooting on Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
On May 21, 1927, after killing his wife, farmer Andrew Kehoe set fire to his own farm. He then destroyed the Bath Consolidated School, killing dozens of people, and then detonated his own dynamite and shrapnel filled car in front of the school, killing himself and several others. In all, 45 people died, most of them children.

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Virginia Tech students hold candles during a memorial service and candlelight vigil for fallen Virginia Tech police officer Deriek W. Crouse on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia December 9, 2011. A man who fatally shot the Virginia Tech police officer on Thursday apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Virginia State police said on Friday. The incident prompted a lockdown of the campus on Thursday and revived memories of a gunman's 2007 rampage that left 33 people dead in one of the worst shooting incidents in U.S. history. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST EDUCATION CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Students are reunited with families at a staging ground set up at the Roswell Mall following an early morning shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, January 14, 2014. A shooter opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding at least two teenage students before being taken into custody, police and hospital officials said.

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Policeman stands guard outside a school where a shooting incident took place in Winnenden March 11, 2009. A 17-year old gunman went on a shooting spree at his former secondary school, the Albertville-Realschule in Winnenden in southwest Germany on Wednesday, killing up to 15 people before dying himself in a shootout with police at the car dealer, authorities said.

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A woman cowers in fear behind a statue while a man lies wounded a few feet away, victim of sniper Charles Whitman. Whitman killed a dozen people firing a rifle from the observation deck of the University of Texas Tower in Austin.

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Friends of the late Rebecka Ann Carnes, an Umpqua Community College mass shootings victim, embrace one another in prayer before the start of a memorial service at Riverbend Park to remember the victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in nearby Roseburg on October 3, 2015 in Winston, Oregon. On Thursday 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer went on a shooting rampage at the college killing nine people and wounding another nine before killing himself.

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Red Lake Senior High School in Red Lake, Minnesota, is shown March 22, 2005. A high school student at Red Lake Senior High School allegedly killed nine people March 21 before turning the gun on himself on the northern Minnesota Indian reservation.

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Police officers walk on Edgewater Drive after a shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, California April 2, 2012. A gunman killed at least three people and wounded others at the private Christian college in Oakland, California, on Monday, and a suspect has been taken into custody, authorities said.

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A man places a rose after lighting candles in front of portraits of the victims of the Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, during a candlelight vigil in Lahore December 19, 2014. At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into the school and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

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People hold candles alongside wooden crosses during a vigil for the victims of an attack claimed by Al Shabaab insurgents on April 7, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. 148 people were killed by the militants during the attack on the Garissa University College on April 02, 2015.

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Columbine high school shooters Eric Harris (L) and Dylan Klebold appear in this video capture of a surveillance tape released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in the cafeteria at Columbine High School April 20, 1999 in Littleton, CO during their shooting spree which killed 13 people.

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A police officer stands guard at Dunblane primary school, Scotland, shortly after the shooting incident on the premises. The Dunblane school massacre was one of the deadliest mass murders in UK history, when gunman Thomas Hamilton killed sixteen children and one teacher at Dunblane primary school near Stirling, Scotland on 13 March 1996, before killing himself. As a result of the killings, two new Firearms Acts were passed, which effectively made private ownership of handguns illegal in Great Britain.

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Erfurt, GERMANY: FILES - A picture taken 02 May 2002 shows flowers laid down in commemoration for the victims of an amok run in front of the Gutenberg High School in the eastern city of Erfurt. The principal of the school where a former pupil shot 16 people dead and then himself in September 2002 said the US campus massacre had ripped open painful wounds. 'When we see these pictures from Virginia the memories come flooding back,' Christiane Alt, principal of Gutenberg High School, told the mass-selling daily Bild. 'We understand what the people there are going through. It pains us to see that hardly anything is learned from such horrible events.'

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Women gather in Nathan Phillips Square to remember the Dec. 6; 1989; slaying of 14 women at University of Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique.

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A combination picture of images taken from a security camera video distributed by the Rio police shows students running from the classroom where gunman Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 24, opened fire and then Menezes de Oliveira (bottom R) leaving the same classroom inside the Tasso da Silveira school with a gun in his hand, in the Realengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro April 7, 2011. The gunman killed 11 students in a shooting spree at the school before killing himself, police said.

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A man and a boy, relatives of a student killed on Monday, wait near a kindergarten in Shiguan village in the city of Gongyi, central China's Henan province May 8, 2006. Bai Ningyang, a 19-year-old native set fire on Monday to a classroom of a local kindergarten, killing 3 students and wounding another 13 students and a teacher, police said.

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Gulla reportedly has employed a number of other security measures at the school, including sound-enabled surveillance cameras and uniformed security guards. He's also held active-shooter drills in which students are told to hold their backpacks close to their chests as a protective layer.

The less-than-a-pound soft armor plates can turn backpacks into potentially lifesaving bullet-blockers, but they're not required, Gulla said. The plates are reportedly able to stop bullets from a handgun like a .44 Magnum or a .357 SIG, but not rifle bullets that would require heavier armor.

The panels are produced by Applied Fiber Concepts – an area body armor company founded by Alex Cejas, a parent at the school. Last year, Cejas attended one of Gulla's active-shooter drills, which led to his company offering to make custom plates for students.

"While books and stuff in your backpack may stop a bullet, they're not designed to," Cejas told the Herald. "I wouldn't bet my life on it."

An ongoing, nationwide debate on gun control in the U.S. has continually resurfaced over the years in conjunction with mass shootings, some of which have occurred on educational campuses.

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National Cathedral, with the Newtown Foundation holds a vigil in memory of the Newtown shooting victims on December, 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. family members of gun victims hold candles in vigil during the closing hymn.

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Carole King performs during the Washington National Cathedral's National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence. The event was to mark the one year anniversary of the shooting.

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Cecilia Floros, 10, of Newtown, attends a remembrance event on the six month anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School on June 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Players for the Boston Cannons wear decals on their helmets to remember people whose lives were changed at the Sandy Hook and Boston Bombing attacks during a Major League Lacrosse game against the New York Lizards at James M. Shuart Stadium on April 28, 2013 in Hempstead, New York.

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Paul Rabil, number 99 on the Boston Cannons, walks onto the field with a young fan from Newtown, Connecticut before a game with the New York Lizards at Harvard Stadium on June 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden leads a meeting on extending access to mental health care at the White House with Katy Sherlach, Georgetown Graduate student, Bill Sherlach, founder of Mary's Fund and Newtown victim family member, and Jeremy Richman, founder and CEO of Avielle Foundation and Newtown victim family member, on December 10, 2013 in Washington, D.C. During the meeting Biden announced that an additional $100 million will be made available to bolster access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities across the nation.

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Mark and Jackie Barden package rubber bracelets in memory of their slain son, Daniel Barden in Newtown, CT on May 23, 2013. Daniel was among the school children killed in Newtown last December. A family member suggested the rubber bracelets and a Facebook page be started to remember Daniel. The theme, 'What Would Daniel Do?' (WWDD) to inspire people to share their kindness with others, just like Daniel did.

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Newtown volunteer firefighter Peter Barresi got a tattoo to remember the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. His son, Wyatt, is a first-grader at Sandy Hook School, and two boys in his Cub Scout Den were killed in the massacre. The tattoo will serve as a reminder to Barresi who said he never wants to forget what happened that horrible day.

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Monte Frank, of Newtown, Connecticut, speaks at a press conference with Congress members from Connecticut and a group of 26 cyclists who rode from Newtown in support of common-sense solutions to gun violence on March 12, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Each member of the group of cyclists, which included two parents of children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, rode in honor of one of the 26 victims killed at the school on December 14, 2012.

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STRATFORD, CT - DECEMBER 15: Donna Soto (R), mother of Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was shot and killed while protecting her students, leans on her son Matthew while mourning their loss at a candlelight vigil in honor of Victoria at Stratford High School on December 15, 2012 in Stratford, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: (L to R) Lucas, Kelly and Michael DaSilva embrace at a makeshift memorial near the school following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance briefs the media and answers questions about the elementary school shooting before releasing the names of the victims during a press conference at Treadwell Memorial Park on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II talks to the media and answers questions the media about the elementary school shooting during a press conference at Treadwell Memorial Park on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: Claudia Urbiana and daughter Jocelyne Cardenas (left) hug outside of the entrance to the Sandy Hook School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Megan (no last name available), a classmate of Adam Lanza from kindergarten until 7th grade, talks to reporters near the home of Nancy Lanza, mother of Adam Lanza, on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza, 20, was identified by authorities as the black-clad killer who fatally shot his mother in her home, gunned down 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and then committed suicide on December 14. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: Police officers stand outside of the entrance to the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: Newtown resident Molly Villodas, 12 years old, speaks to the media about the violence at the Sandy Hook School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-seven people are dead, including 20 children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza in news reports opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly died at the scene. (Photo by Andrew Gombert-Pool/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: People gather at a fire station that was set up as a triage area near the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - DECEMBER 14: Ryan Lanza, the brother of the identified shooter Adam Lanza, is escorted to a car by law enforcement for questioning in connection with an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. According to reports, there are 27 dead, including 20 children, after the gunman opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza was also found dead at the scene. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - DECEMBER 14: An unmarked police car transports a man from 1313 Grand St. work a scene near 1313 Grand St., which is believed to be connected with an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. According to reports, there are 27 dead, including 20 children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza, opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooter, identified as Adam Lanza was also found dead at the scene. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: People stand on Dickson Street near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-seven are dead, including 20 children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza in news reports, opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Lanza also reportedly died at the scene. (Photo by Douglas Healey/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman brief the media on the elementary school shootings during a press conference at Treadwell Memorial Park on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-seven are dead, including 20 children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza in news reports, opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Lanza also reportedly died at the scene. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: People hug outside of the Newtown United Methodist Church on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-seven are dead, including 20 children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza in news reports, opened fire in the Sandy Hook School in Newtown. Lanza also reportedly died at the scene. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: A police officer stands outside of the entrance to the Sandy Hook School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: A woman reacts at a prayer service to reflect on the violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School at St. John Episcopal Church on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: Newtown High School students Trevor Lopez (left) Steven Tramontozzi (center) and Chris Koch stand outside of a church where residents have come to pray and reflect on the violence at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Girls kneel during candle light vigil following shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school where Adam Lanza opened fire inside school killing 27 people, including 20 children. (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 15: A message along the highway speaks to the grief of the Sandy Hook community near the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 16: Kristen Brassard (Left) and Kat Donohue, both of Newtown, hug outside of the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza, found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 16: Connecticut State Police officers walk outside St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church after a threat to the church was received during the first day of Sunday services following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The church was evacuated during noon mass due to the unspecified threat and will remain closed the rest of the day. Police have reportedly now given the 'all clear' for the area. On Friday, December 14, twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Twelve-year-old Samantha and her father Len Strocchia, neighbors of Nancy Lanza, mother of Adam Lanza, talk to reporters on December 15, 2012 in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Lanza, 20, was identified by authorities as the black-clad killer who fatally shot his mother in her home, gunned down 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and then committed suicide on December 14. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 16: People walk to lay flowers in front of the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza, found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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In 2012, a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, left 20 children and six staff members dead. Most recently, the public debate on guns has flared in the wake of mass killings at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, last weekend and at a Las Vegas outdoor music festival last month. High-powered weapons were used in each.

Such incidents have helped create a market for things like the bulletproof backpack panels and other protective items.

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