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Mass shootings spark surge child protective gear

By Ryan Yaoran Yu | People's Daily app

09:15, February 24, 2018


Los Angeles (People's Daily) - Last week’s Florida high school shooting massacre stirred emotions among parents across the country, which has led to massive demand for protective gear for children.

Bulletproof panels are flying off of the shelves at gun shops throughout Southern California.

“Since California law prohibits students and teachers to bring weapons on campus, even for self-defense purposes, the bulletproof panels are an ideal life-saving product,” said David Liu.

Nestled at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County is the small town of Arcadia, where over 60 percent of the population is Chinese.

Liu, the owner of a firearm store in the city, said that parents are rushing to his store to purchase bullet-proof panels for their school-aged children.

He sold out of the life-protecting panels and had to order more to meet rising demand.

 “The panels can placed in a school bag, inside your jacket, and also in car seats” he said. 

Liu explained the bulletproof panels could shield bullets fired from handguns to heavier artillery firepower from assault rifles depending on the panel’s bulletproof grade.  

For a panel weighing one pound, prices start at roughly $200. Customized designs are also available.  

However, there are still some who feel differently.

One Chinese parent in Arcadia felt that the best way to protect students is to have comprehensive measures limiting the use and sale of guns, rather than bulletproof merchandise.


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