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One plus one equals "Bang! Bang!" as Duck and Cover enters the 21st Century...that was the initial working title. It was a tad long.

"Duck and Cover" was a familiar phrase to students in the 1950s (and later), particularly during the Cold War when nuclear tensions were at their highest.  And now, it's come to the twenty-first century.

The increase in school shootings and the lack of any official government response to address the myriad of issues that play into it has resulted in action by others, resulting in products designed to help increase the level of safety of potential victims as well as increase the potential time they could remain outside of a shooter's sights.

In the meantime, Congress - specifically Congressional Republicans - explicitly act to stall, undermine, sabotage and thwart any efforts to build, reinforce or extend our social safety net, while savagely gutting any attempts to seek intelligent new or revised regulation on firearms.

The nature of genuine classroom education in our nation has taken on a deadly shade of red, and the quality of that education suffers, as does the future of our nation.

The Bodyguard Blanket was originally designed for school shootings - sadly - but also has additional applications in areas hit by natural disasters, particularly tornadoes.

The Sleeve was created by teachers for teachers; it's a simple, effective tool to help bar classroom doors from opening. It might just deter an armed shooter long enough for police - or another nut carrying a firearm into a school - to disarm/disable the threat.

Since Max, our Husky, is laying at my feet, and the "Bang! Bang!" portion of the original title is still echoing in my mind, I - naturally - thought of this:

It's a creepily offbeat Beatles tune that is, unfortunately, all too appropriate - minus the guns, but with extra carnage.

Originally posted to GreyHawk on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 08:16 PM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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