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Maryland College Decides To Invest In Bulletproof Whiteboards

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You might think this is some twisted joke. Considering the recent murders of Massachusetts teacher Colleen Ritzer and Nevada teacher Michael Landsberry, however, we are in no mood for humor.

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Kit B (276)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:04 am
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Maryland College Decides To Invest In Bulletproof Whiteboards

Worried about school safety in blood-drenched America? Well, we may now have the answer. Consider a brief item in the New York Times this morning.

What we need are some bulletproof whiteboards!

Recent violence shows only bulletproof whiteboards can save lives.

You might think this is some twisted joke. Considering the recent murders of Massachusetts teacher Colleen Ritzer and Nevada teacher Michael Landsberry, however, we are in no mood for humor. Ritzer was allegedly stabbed at school by an attacker wielding a box cutter. Landsberry was gunned down on the playground. Ironically, Landsberry, an ex-Marine, once survived a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Ritzer’s killer is said to be a 14-year-old student.

Landsberry was killed by a bullet from a gun in the hand of a 12-year-old. In that incident the boy may have planned to shoot several classmates. Landsberry tried to stop him and died in the attempt.

The boy then killed himself.

Now the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is doing something about the threat of violence. At a cost of $59,800 the school purchased bulletproof whiteboards for professors. One will hang in every room. According to the campus chief of police, the decision was easy. School leaders wanted “one more tool to help us ensure the safety of the campus community.” Even better: “the whiteboards are user-friendly and noninvasive.”

Here a dose of bitter sarcasm seems the only possible reaction. One might posit these questions: Does the professor tell students about the whiteboard? If an attacker enters the room, might not a struggle with students for possession of the single shield ensue? Also, what parts of the body does one protect? The boards are a mere 18 x 20 inches. Hold the shield too low and one’s head is exposed. To high and…well…other delicate areas may end up targeted.

Business for Hardwire, the company producing the shields, is certainly booming. In a YouTube video we learn this innovative product was “inspired by the Sandy Hook [Elementary School] tragedy.” School districts in Minnesota, Maryland and North Dakota have already purchased these life-saving tools. And why not! According to one expert, bulletproof whiteboards are fantastic. “It’s something that a teacher could actually walk around with, teach with it, place a book on it, it’s very lightweight.”

Not to mention you can write on them, too.

No, you can’t mess with the Second Amendment.

Well, you can’t mess with the Second Amendment. So you can’t ban any kinds of weapons, or limit the size of ammo clips. You can’t have more background checks or register all guns. You can’t require gun owners to lock up weapons or be held liable for misuse, either. After all, a “well-armed militia” is what it’s about in 2013.

You know what the Founding Fathers would say if they were alive today. “Buy some bulletproof whiteboards!” Ben Franklin would insist.

Besides, you know the N.R.A. argument. Banning guns won’t stop the killings. “If you ban guns, then criminals will use box cutters.” Hell, maybe knitting needles. At this point, who knows how low the N.R.A. is willing to go to win an argument?

Ann Coulter says more guns make us safer; and everyone knows Ann Coulter doesn’t lie.

I am just going to say that we live in the safest nation in the world. Because the more guns we have the safer we are. Ann Coulter said so, days after the Sandy Hook massacre. “I’m on the Hannity show right now,” she tweeted. “More guns,” she added, “less mass shootings.” And we do have more guns! According to FBI figures, 2012 was a great year for gun makers. At least 16.8 million FBI background checks were ordered that year.

Today, we’re safer still. There were 11.4 million additional background checks ordered in the first six months of this year.

In America today, you can be killed in all kinds of places—or if lucky, wounded. You can be gunned down by a heavily-armed assailant in a theater. So what do we need? Bulletproof popcorn containers. You can be killed while screening passengers at the Los Angeles airport. Let’s have Kevlar luggage! You can be killed while at work in the Washington, D. C. Navy Yard. Therefore: we need bulletproof office cubicles. You can be shot by mistake by your husband in Ohio. And you have to worry about incidents of road rage, as well. If you missed it, two Michigan drivers recently shot and killed each other, after both pulled over to argue about one driver tailgating the other. Your 5-year-old can accidently kill his 2-year-old sister. One of your children can kill another in an argument over a video game. Or, moms, your son can gun you down, and also his sister, after watching the movie “Halloween.”

There have been, by a very conservative estimate, 10,000 plus gun deaths in the United States just since the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

So, let me say, I am “deadly” serious. We can’t possibly limit guns in any way, because this would mean the death of all freedom. Not to mention, if you limit access to firearms only outlaws will have limited access to firearms. Or: the thousands of Americans who use them every year to commit suicide.

At this point let’s cast all logic aside. We need bulletproof whiteboards, not just in colleges. We need them in all the way down to kindergarten classes. Our kids could also use bulletproof notebooks.

Pistols would make great stocking stuffers.

Until every American owns a gun we can never stop the gun-related carnage. (And don’t you agree pistols would be great stocking stuffers this Christmas?) We need every freedom-loving citizen to buy at least one for every family member. Two or three per person, naturally, would be better. It may take time to reach this state of heavily-armed perfection. But while we wait, let’s not take chances. Clearly, we need bold companies to come out with bulletproof underwear for children. Also: bulletproof Huggies for infants.

We know Congress is not going to take action.

By: John Viall | Addicting Information |

Barb Knight (1688)
Monday November 4, 2013, 10:12 am
YESSSSSS!!!!!!! AT LAST WE HAVE REAL PROTECTION from INTRUDERS and the best part is (drum roll please!!!) the whiteboards/clipboards are MADE IN AMERICA!!!!!!!!! OH KIT, if I could reach through my computer screen I'd kiss you!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH FOR POSTING!!!!!

Angelika R (143)
Monday November 4, 2013, 10:28 am
Never heard of or seen a "whiteboard" before but this seems a pretty good idea.
Speaking of bullet-proof: bullet proof vests just might be a hit on this year's Xmas wish lists..

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday November 4, 2013, 2:56 pm
Noted. Reading this.....I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Seriously? Kind of reminds me when BP stated they were considering throwing a bunch of golf balls down the "Gulf Geyser." (Really, that is true!)

marie C (163)
Monday November 4, 2013, 3:38 pm
Well it some ways its sad but I guess if necessary its a good idea
Sometimes I am not sure whether it is tongue in cheek
Thanks Kit

Kit B (276)
Monday November 4, 2013, 3:42 pm

I just shook my head. I was sure when I saw this it was a joke, but no it's real. People are playing dodge ball with the real issue here, and that is violence. Other countries have gun rights and people own huge numbers of guns and do not strike out to kill in mass murder scenarios. I don't mind that someone wants to protect our schools, I do mind that some may consider this enough protection. Though recently the numbers of shootings in schools has seen a spike, but it is still a rare phenomena. However, if it were my intention to kill babies and their teachers, this board would certainly not prevent my efforts, consider how easy it would be to shoot for the head or just walk around the white board. Adults with training still freeze in place when confronted with bullets coming their way, do you really think children and teachers will not? Each shot makes a very loud noise, many shoots coming from a semi-auto or automatic rifle make even more noise. Our instincts are not always our best friends, we tend to drop to the floor or freeze in place.


Barb Knight (1688)
Monday November 4, 2013, 4:45 pm
Yeah, you're right Kit. I have a tendency to get overly excited without considering the facts first. I just want to know that something/someone out there is more powerful to stop violence before it reins down on us, that I grasp at straws.

Kit B (276)
Monday November 4, 2013, 4:51 pm

BarbCat if it saves one life, it is money well spent.

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 10:01 am
Love this comment - Pistols would make great stocking stuffers.

Now how do I get one??? Honestly!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 1:40 pm
I agree with BarbCat and Kit that saving lives is paramount. However, when I think about the nation spending billions and teachers carrying shields, in order for the gun companies to continue making and selling assault weapons, I become enraged by the insanity of our laws and our leaders. I'll be damned if I am going to carry a shield to teach. This is insane! Thanks to everyone for the comments. I hope I will be excused for expressing my emotions. Furthermore, I will not stop teaching despite my fears.
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