Video: Miguel Caballero designs bulletproof clothing for US kids

Posted Apr 24, 2013 by JohnThomas Didymus
Miguel Caballero, a company based in Bogota known for its fashion line of bulletproof outfits, has designed bulletproof clothing for US school children. The company hopes to make a killing from the failure of US Senate gun control efforts.
Miguel Caballero
Miguel Caballero
The company's new line, MC Kids, was created specially for the US market. It includes bulletproof tank tops, t-shirts, vests and backpacks. They are designed to appear like ordinary clothing but are equipped with armor to protect children against bullets and knife attacks.
The latest inclusion in the new line is a special "safety vest" designed for children to wear in emergency. According to IB Times, Caballero said: "These would basically be in the school and the students could get them. This way a teacher could tell them to put it on at the start of an incident much like when you are on a boat and they tell you to put on a life vest. So we are thinking about pre, post and during the incident."
The YouTube video is demonstrative. It shows Caballero shooting an adult volunteer dressed in the "safety vest" at close range, in the stomach. The volunteer is unscathed. He smiles nervously after he is shot. Gizmodo notes, however, that the lack of recoil after the gun was fired may suggest it was actually firing a blank round.
According to IB Times, Caballero's company had previously created a bulletproof blanket to serve as shelter for students. Another company, Salt Lake City-based Amendment II, created body armor backpacks following the Newtown massacre.
Mother Jones reports Amendment II's President Derek Williams, speaking about sales following the Newtown massacre, said: “I can’t go into exact sales number, but basically we tripled our sales volume in backpacks that we typically do in a month—in one week."
Miguel Caballero is a Colombia-based company. Among its high profile clients are Prince Felipe of Spain, actor Steven Seagal, President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia, late President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and President Barack Obama. The company also supplies bulletproof clothing to the military, police and private security firms.
Techeblog notes, however, that the suits available do not protect the upper and lower parts of the body, and suggests that someone build a full-body suit.