With school back in session, students all over the United States are getting new supplies, but one of these should not have to be bulletproof backpacks! The market for bulletproof backpacks has skyrocketed as school shootings are on the rise, but politicians continue to do nothing.

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Instead of responding to these mass school shootings in a way that will help children and adults and keep them safe while learning, lawmakers are responding with ideas like bulletproof backpacks. Some of these cost almost $600, and this should not be the price that parents have to pay to keep their children safe at school.

In the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, at least 136 instances of gunfire occurred on school grounds. There are only 180 days in the average school year. The fact that there are even bulletproof backpacks speaks to the fact of how much politicians do not want to pass stronger gun control laws.

A ban on assault weapons was recently passed in the House, but it is projected to fail in the Senate. However, we can not let this fail! We need to urge senators to pass this legislation that will save countless lives.

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