This is the most depressing story ever.
Courtesy of The Hill:
The entire graduating class at a Pennsylvania middle school was gifted bulletproof backpack plates as they prepare to head to high school next year.
Students at St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford, Pa., were outfitted with the “ballistic shields” thanks to a donation from a local company, according to Fox 29. The report notes that Unequal Technologies developed the ultra-thin shield and designed a 10-by-12-inch plate that can slip into a backpack.
The bulletproof backpack plates were also handed out to 25 faculty members at the school.
“I never thought I’d need this,” one student told Fox 29.
But parents and guardians of students told the news outlet that while a bulletproof backpack may be extreme, it’s necessary.
“You hear about these school shootings almost weekly, and I can’t believe that’s where we are in our nation today, but that’s the fact,” said one great-grandparent.
Is this really where we are today?
Are we as a nation really so fucking enamored of our guns that the only way we can imagine protecting our children is with bullet deflecting metal in their backpacks?
This cannot be where America wants to be, it just can’t.
This needs to be a rallying cry for Democrats running for office in 2018 and 2020.
We need much stricter gun control laws and we desperately need to keep guns out of the hands of people who might do harm to our children.