Michael Caballero’s new bulletproof children's clothing line and school uniforms evoke thoughts of a not-too-distant future where parents dress their kids in knife-resistant shirts and secure books in backpack shields.
The idea for this line came to Caballero after several of the recent school shootings, and is aimed specifically at the American market. His confidence in the clothing’s effectiveness is astounding; in fact, he’s made a tradition of firing bullets at new factory employees wearing his designs.
"[It's] sad in a lot of ways," Demitric Boykin, who bought a bulletproof backpack for his daughter, said. "We shouldn't have to do these things.”
The fact there’s actually a market for bulletproof children’s clothing speaks greatly to our acceptance of gun violence. Because it's a normal occurrence, we seek solutions rather than prevention.
"Does that sound like a vision of America, or does that sound like a third world country?" Ladd Everitt, of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said. "This is insane."
Caballero was initially hesitant to design the line – his intention was not to exploit parents’ fears of gun violence on campus. The line is merely a solution to a larger problem.
"I am not the aggressor.” He said, “I only want to supply any solution in the United States."