A rise in school shootings has resulted in one company developing an armored protection backpack for students, travelers and first responders.

In 2016 there were 385 mass shootings in which four or more people were injured or killed in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive as of February 2017. According to the FBI’s study of active shooter incidents between 2000 – 2013, there has been a dramatic rise in shooter events – from seven in 2000 to over 200 in 2012. 

US company, Meret, that produces medical, adventure backpacking and scuba diving gear, recently collaborated with Angel Amor, a leader in ballistic armor technology, to develop a consumer daypack and reengineer their first responder bags to include lightweight, armored ballistic protection. Weighing no more than a typical daypack, their new commuter backpack can withstand multiple rounds, defending the vital chest area and potentially saving your life, all while carrying your laptop and personal items.  

“It sounds extreme,” says Scott Decker,  President of Meret, “but why wouldn’t you want the added protection if you’re already carrying a backpack?”

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