In the aftermath of the Texas elementary school massacre that left 19 children and two adults dead, Fox News have proposed a myriad of “solutions” to stop the recurring shootings, but none of them include gun control.
These ideas included building higher fences around the schools, creating tax breaks for retired military and law enforcement personnel to patrol school property, arming school staff and students themselves, installing “man traps,” and —get this— purchasing “ballistic blankets” for students.
“Instead of parents buying their kids all these tools and toys and games, invest in the classroom to make it safer,” Maureen O’Connell suggested to Bret Baier. Companies can conduct “threat assessments” for areas of vulnerability, she said, “and they have blankets that you can put up on the wall that are colorful and beautiful—but they’re ballistic blankets.”
The “solutions” offered by Fox News were quickly slammed by social media users with many calling it “absolutely deranged.”
check some of the reactions below:
Fox guest suggests purchasing "ballistic blankets" for children instead of toys and games. pic.twitter.com/whZymnfmq2
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) May 24, 2022
Cruz: Have one door… and have that one door, armed police officers at that door. If that had happened.. when that psychopath had arrived, the armed police officers could’ve taken him out… pic.twitter.com/YnOCDs9GAZ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 25, 2022
It’s a school, not a f***ing prison.
I honestly can’t understand how people can rationalise the lack of reasonable gun-control legislation with suggestions like this (or doors that open only from the inside, armed guards, higher fences, ballistic blankets, obscured windows, &c).
— Brian Heinrich (@wordsmythical) May 26, 2022
absolutely deranged https://t.co/Gyirfcl8He
— Jules (@itsjust_jules) May 25, 2022
At a preschool? This shit is deranged, some woman talking about teaching kids to use ballistic blankets. None of this should be necessary or normal. Feeling the need to have assault rifles is a mental health issue.
— Mark Davies🇨🇦 (@markthebuddha) May 26, 2022
Clear backpacks, no backpacks, bulletproof backpacks, locked doors, no doors, armed security, armed teachers, active shooter drills, ballistic blankets. Every suggestion under the sun but common sense.
— Kim (@KlMBERLY_) May 26, 2022
Ballistic blankets, body armor, helmets, bullet proof backpacks…
NO FUCKING MASKS TO STEM THE SPREAD OF DISEASE! These people need to have THEIR children in public schools, not silver spoon private schools.
Be a whole different game if their kids caught some bullets…
— Phil (@Philmachinist) May 26, 2022
So ballistic blankets & thoughts and prayers for the kiddos and guns are BANNED at the NRA convention.
Makes total sense, NO?
— DoYouHaveaFlag 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 to live here (@CapitolHillTour) May 25, 2022
Providing students ballistic blankets , tripwire, church, higher fencing. These recommendations from these people are fucking stupid https://t.co/XiVty3x5ZM
— De Jones (@Javaughn__Jones) May 25, 2022
Holy fuck we're doomed.
In a world filled with solutions, ballistic blankets on classroom walls is not one of them. https://t.co/TtKUZ8LuVu
— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) May 25, 2022
Their little bodies aren't even cold and we have pundits suggesting the solution is armed teachers and ballistic blankets for students.
This country is insane.
— Jacob Denhollander (@JJ_Denhollander) May 25, 2022