Dad and mom are doing something to maintain their youngsters protected on the heels of one other faculty mass taking pictures — and which means an all-new run on bulletproof backpacks.
Former Secret Service agent, Mike De Geus, is the founder and CEO of Leatherback Gear, and he says his firm has seen an 800% spike in gross sales for his or her fortified knapsacks since Tuesday’s taking pictures in Uvalde, Texas.
Mike, who protected former Presidents Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton when he was a Secret Service agent, says his model’s backpacks supply the identical quantity of bulletproof armor he had when he was defending POTUS.
We’re advised a lot of the gross sales are for a $249.99 Sport One Jr. backpack that separates into two items, making a bulletproof vest in seconds, overlaying the person’s back and front.
Mike says the backpack was designed with lively shootings in thoughts.
One other bulletproof backpack producer, TuffyPacks, says it is seeing a noticeable uptick in gross sales for armor inserts that may go inside any bag. Proprietor Steve Naremore says the merchandise are being shipped everywhere in the nation, with gross sales up 300%.
It is attention-grabbing … TuffyPacks relies in Texas and so they say they work with a number of faculty districts throughout the nation, however not the one in Uvalde, the place 19 college students and a pair of academics had been gunned down.
A 3rd firm, Guard Canine Safety, says it is seen a rise in demand from customers and retail companions who carry their bulletproof baggage, together with Lowe’s and Dick’s Sporting Items.
The corporate’s president, Yasir Sheikh, tells TMZ the model donates a portion of its proceeds to Make Our Colleges Protected, a company based by the mother and father of a scholar killed within the 2018 Parkland taking pictures in Florida.
Notably, these bulletproof bag gross sales additionally surged after that tragedy.