The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is spending $60,000 on whiteboards, to be used as defensive tools against criminals bent on murdering people with firearms, The Baltimore Sun reported last Thursday.
“The high-tech tablet -- which hangs on a hook, measures 18 by 20 inches and comes in pink, blue and green -- can be used as a personal shield for professors under attack, according to the company that makes it, and a portable writing pad in quieter times,” the Sun reports, presenting such devices as a solution of sorts to massacres such as those at Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech.
"’When Sandy Hook happened … a light bulb went off that it's really the teachers and administrators/ who need protection,” the article quoted George Tunis, whose company Hardwire LLC, makes tactical military and police armor. That it’s really students who need protection appears secondary.
The thing is, if you go to that site (their terms and conditions prohibit “deep linking, so from the home page, click on the “Store” tab), you’ll see a key difference in deployment strategies between those products intended strictly as shields and those as tools to be used in conjunction with appropriate responsive force: The two tactical shields being marketed to law enforcement show a defender prepared to return fire with a handgun.
That’s hardly an option at UMES, where the student code defines a “zero tolerance” policy “with regards to … the possession of dangerous weapons [and] firearms,” and where the 2012 Campus Security Report reminds all “Except for authorized use by law enforcement agencies and officials, the possession or use of dangerous weapons, firearms, or explosives is prohibited on University property.”
“Remember security is everyone’s responsibility and we need your assistance and commitment in making UMES a safe environment in which all community members can live, work and learn,” Director of Public Safety Warren I. Sumpter advises. “We are confident that the time you spend with us will be a safe and rewarding experience.”
Backing that confidence up with a guarantee pledging attendant liability should its citizen disarmament/”Only Ones” mandate fail is not something the university offers, however. Itinstead reveals its philosophical leanings via a special website posting by history professor Dr. Joshua Wright.
“Having guns for self-defense and hunting is one thing,” he asserts. “Owning semi-automatic weapons is another.”
Bemoaning the distressing horror that a local gun shop “has a wall of guns for purchase,” the good doctor then asks us to “Imagine if one of those guns got into the hands of someone intent on shooting up the mall or its movie theater.”
If only those patrons had whiteboards?
But no matter, as he then quotes Mayors Against Illegal Guns director Mark Glaze, who evidently doesn’t even think you should use those when you have fists available, or feet with which to run, or a mouth to “deescalate the situation” with.
That whiteboards are being offered as a solution to school shooters, not only with a straight face but with real money on the table, is an illustration of collective denial that seems clinical in its absurdity. That the only real solution, the only thing with the potential to stop armed attackers in their tracks, is what the “progressive” political, academic and media establishment instead ridicule and disparage, shows how far into “Idiocracy” the Republic has descended.
The reality is, anyone attempting to stop determined armed attackers holding up a whiteboard is relying on comic book superhero fantasies such as Wonder Woman’s bullet-deflecting bracelets combined with the speed of the Flash. While no one would seriously expect Mr. Tunis to make any guarantee of product effectiveness under standard terms and conditions of his purchase agreements (and don’t worry, he's got that covered), or to demonstrate product use under actual fire, it would nonetheless be instructive to see how he’d fare in a realistic simulation, to show those funding the UMES procurement, and those expected to confront monsters under such a mandatory handicap, just what kind of results they should expect for their $60,000.
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