It's the band-aid of solutions to America's mass shooting epidemic: bulletproof shields that kids bring to school.
The invention couldn't come sooner as today marks the 74th mass shooting in America since 20 children were slain by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2013.
Behold this map of all the school shootings since Sandy Hook.
On that tragic date, politicians were motivated to pass a long overdue bill mandating background checks for gun purchases on the internet and gun shows. On April 17th, 2014 a proposed bill on banning assault weapons was brought to a vote as well.
Sadly, both gun control bills failed to pass the Senate. 54-46 voted against the background check bill with 41 Republicans and 5 Democrats from states with high gun owner populations voting No. All Republicans except 1 voted against the assault weapons ban proposal.
Now companies are acting to save the children and not just from school shootings, but natural disasters. From one father in Oklahoma came the idea of a bulletproof blanket his sons could carry to school. Since they hail from Oklahoma, he thought it might as well protect them from tornado debris too.
Steve Walker, father of 2, partnered with ballistics experts to design the "Bodyguard Blanket", which comes in 3 different sizes: child, teenager, and adult, to protect against the inevitable shooting in kindergartens, middle schools, and college campuses, respectively.
Costing $1000, it's an expensive insurance method to prevent casualties in the classroom.
If you're a parent who's not a fan of bright orange armor, which may catch the attention of assailants, there's the alternative bulletproof shield from Hardwire which doubles as a white board. It's easily disguised in the classroom to prevent the reminder that at any moment, kids are gonna use their bulletproof blankets in their backpacks.
George Tunis, CEO of the white board manufacturer, Hardwire, donated 90 bulletproof shields to Worcester Preparatory School in Maryland, where his own kids attend, saving the school an estimated $20,000 - the value of the white boards, and at only $222 each, far cheaper than the Bodyguard Blanket.
Not every school will experience the same philanthropy, but at a rate of 1.37 school shootings in America per week, some may join the same statistic of gun violence victims.
At the next school shooting, maybe if enough people share #NotOneMore on their bulletproof white boards it'll remind politicians "not one more" excuse should prevent passing gun control legislation.