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Concerned Dad Gives Parents Unique Tip to Keep Kids Safe During School Shooting

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In the face of a tragic mass shooting in a Florida school this week, conservatives and liberals alike have blasted one another on social media about what is the solution to gun violence.

We may disagree with liberals all day long — and we should, they’re wrong — but it’s a conversation that needs to be had. There’s never any harm in examining how we keep our most precious resources safe, even if the left huffs and puffs and threatens to blow the Constitution down.

Facebook user Rickey Red doesn’t have the solution to solve gun violence in a single swoop, but a video he posted this week showing how a commonplace school item can be used for an extra chance at safety has spread like wildfire.

As Red shows in his post that has been shared almost 400,000 times since Valentine’s Day, a backpack could potentially shield a person from oncoming bullets, if loaded with enough textbooks.

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“I’ve been asked more than once to make the following public,” wrote Red in a post showing him firing an AR-style firearm at a silhouette holding a backpack in front of it.

“I did this to educate my children, and I hope it can do the same for yours. These videos are not meant to provide scientific information regarding the use of books as body armor. It is meant to demonstrate the need to use the resources available in order to provide another level of protection.”

I don’t know how many books you carried — or still carry — at school, but I always packed quite a few more than that.

It might seem an odd use of resources, but when it’s what you have handy, I urge you to use it.

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One important note from this video, especially with people of smaller stature — I’ve been hit by a bullet. It was a ricochet coming in an a much slower speed than when originally fired and it still knocked me on my tail.

If someone small were to be hit by fire in the same circumstances as the target Red shoots at here, they wouldn’t likely stand in the same place. Don’t use this video as a guide for what to do instead of disengage, hide, or get away.

Now, something else you want to keep in mind here — and something we definitely want to make clear for those of you who want to share this article and tag a friend — this is not the end-all, be-all of armored protection.

As Rickey Red pointed out, this is not some substitute for body armor. The left likes to try to pin this idea that conservatives will look for whatever insane alternative they can find to giving up guns before they look up real solutions to gun violence.

You and I know that’s just not true. It’d be laughable were the subject matter not so serious.

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We also know that the real solution to this is an abundance of willing, responsibly-armed citizens willing to look out for their communities in the face of deadly threats.

However, if you or a loved one is in a tight spot, some cover is always better than no cover. Always.

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