Target: U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Managing Member of ProTecht Stan Schone
Goal: Provide schools that are at high risk for gun violence or natural disasters with ‘bulletproof blankets’ to improve overall student safety
New technology created by ProTecht may be the solution to at least part of the problem surrounding the dramatic increase in shootings at our nation’s schools in recent years. The Oklahoma-based company is now manufacturing a ‘bulletproof blanket,’ which acts as cross between a backpack and a blanket to effectively shield a body from incoming projectiles. Individuals simply slide the straps over their shoulders and then duck and cover as they are instructed to do in traditional safety drills.
This invention comes at a time when congressional gun legislation has been effectively filibustered, making it even more important to find a way to protect students. Not only has the bulletproof blanket been proven to withstand and protect against gunfire, it also has the potential to defend against other high velocity flying objects such as shards of glass or metal produced by the winds of a tornado or hurricane. In such cases, the bulletproof blanket would provide a shelter from the debris.
One potential setback to the widespread adoption of the bulletproof blanket in schools is the cost. Bullet-resistant materials aren’t cheap, and blanket currently retails at just under $1,000 per item. At this price, only wealthy schools would have a large enough budget to make the purchase. Nevertheless, ProTecht says that it is looking to partner with schools and non-profits to make it more affordable to buy their product in bulk.
By signing this petition, you are asking Department of Education officials to introduce bulletproof blankets into the mandated safety procedure of schools at high risk for gun violence or natural disasters and you are also asking ProTecht to offer bulletproof blankets at an affordable price.
Dear Secretary Duncan and Managing Member Shone,
Due to recent spikes in gun violence and severe weather-related tragedies at schools across the country, it is imperative that measures are taken to keep students safe. It is my belief that the U.S. Department of Education has a responsibility to investigate and to pursue all avenues that would ensure the greater safety and security of our nation’s students. Similarly, I believe that ProTecht has a moral and ethical obligation to assist in this task.
Since ProTecht’s bulletproof blanket provides a tested means of defense in hazardous situations, I call on both parties to act quickly on this opportunity to reach an agreement that will ultimately place the technology in high-risk classrooms across the country. I hope that Department officials will consider the bulletproof blanket to be a viable and necessary safety tool and that ProTecht will be willing to negotiate a reasonable price so as to guarantee that all schools will have access to the product.
[Your Name Here]
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