The guns in schools debate tends to gain and lose steam in cycles. When a notorious attack such as the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT happens, the debate flares into public view. In recent years, more people are coming to the realization that the only thing that can stop an active shooter is having people willing and able to stop them present at the time and place of the attack, good guys and girls that can shoot back.
Fortunately, the states have the power to allow teachers and other school staff to be armed, and to abolish “gun free schools zones,” which all but the willfully obtuse must admit not only fail to prevent school attacks, they make attacks easier and safer–for the attackers. The willfully obtuse include President Obama, and Congressional Democrats, which ensures that the road to making schools truly safe will include many roadblocks.
This leads to a variety of well-intentioned, stop gap measures, such as that reported by Fox News under this headline: “Safety lesson: College arms faculty with bullet-proof whiteboards.”
Professors at a Maryland university will be dispensing knowledge this fall from whiteboards that have a special property – they can stop a bullet.
The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore bought 200 of the portable writing boards – the modern day equivalent of chalkboards – which can also protect the user from gunshots. The move, and the idea of the boards themselves, seems tied to the school shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and in Sandy Hook Connecticut last year.
‘We feel that this could be a model for other schools and how to improve public safety,’ Juliette Bell, President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore said to FoxNews.com. ‘Being the first college to adopt this we hope other campuses will follow.’
The boards are manufactured by Pocomoke City, MD based Hardwire, cost about $300 and measure 18-by-20 inches. A 20” X 40” 7-pound model costs $500.00.
‘When you add armor you lower bullets.’
– George Tunis, president of Hardwire…
‘This provides a way for teachers to provide their students some protection.