The Minnesota Shot Blocker – Bulletproof Stupidity

I’m offended by the stupidity of this so called defense:

“The most unbelievable product in school safety I have ever seen in my life” -Chief

In the event of a school shooting or threat of violence, classrooms will go into lockdown. If a shooter gets into a classroom, teachers can now use hand-held whiteboards as shields to protect their students.

Full Story – FOX

I’ll have to agree with the chief LOL… it really is unbelievable.  Wow, and not “just” a shield either, it can be used as a weapon too… I love the little demo he gives so much.

I can’t wait to here an expert’s explanation for how a teacher is going to block bullets like a cartoon character.  Last time I checked, people can’t anticipate where a 1000+ ft/s round is going to end up.  Does anyone actually think that active shooters would waste more than a couple shots at something like that before moving on to softer/easier targets?  How much do you want to bet some kid’s parents are so in love with this idea they actually went out and bought their kids a stupid board and told them “Carry it if you want to live” *Arnold Schwarzenegger voice*.  Then in an extreme twist, the kid gets the name “Board Boy”, becomes an outcast and shoots up the school which was trying to protect him, using a round such as the FN 5.7 in order to blast through the very boards and make everyone look like idiots.  Too far?

Kind of racist they went with white boards too, rather than black boards?  What, black boards aren’t good enough?  Some of my best school memories come from black boards.

Minnesota-Bulletproof-WhiteboardI love how arming teachers or staff (who volunteer) with firearms and necessary training is just totally out of the question still. Pretty sick that “the next best thing” is this stupid product.

A company called HARDWIRE based in Maryland makes the boards. The product page for them is pretty hilarious if you get a chance to check it out. $299 + shipping! If you have deep pockets, buy a bunch to troll friends.

Thoughts?

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Steve April 25, 2013 at 02:12 am

I saw this earlier.

And earlier than that I saw a story about a convenience store that was robbed and the perp got two bullets through the “bullet proof” glass and shot the clerk. Apparently at close range they’re not very bullet proof. So I have to wonder about these things.

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SittingDown April 25, 2013 at 05:10 am

I can see it now: Each child and teacher has his or her own bullet resistant cage. “What’s that Billy? Are you raising your hand?”

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LD April 25, 2013 at 02:23 am

haha I just like the picture.

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Jamest April 25, 2013 at 05:55 am

Sweet! I am gonna buy like 100 of those whiteboards and line the inside of my car with them and have me a bullet resistant Ford Festivia! Or maybe make myself a Ned Kelly suit, cause it appears these white boards also defy the laws of physics.

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Roman Scott April 25, 2013 at 03:48 pm

Phone books are a better and cheap alternative.

Recycle Jamest. Think of Gaia, our Mother Earth.

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dave w April 25, 2013 at 05:59 am

I think they would be better served making the kids desks out of gummi bears

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James April 25, 2013 at 05:59 am

I couldn’t help but laugh when he talks about turning it into a weapon. He created something to protect against a weapon and creates something that can be a weapon? Not only this but the look on his face when he jabs it at the news anchors face and throat lol…. Lets see this used in a real life scenario, having 1 board, 35 students….??? Or Do they get 35 boards that need a place to be stored that can be easily accessible in an instant second… Just flat out not going to work, great thought, bad execution.

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Dr Kranknstein April 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm

RIGHT!!…What are all the student going to perform a Roman Testudo?

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croppedxout April 25, 2013 at 06:10 am

jawdrop…facepalm… head shake.

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SittingDown April 25, 2013 at 06:23 am

Next up, the AR500 whiteboard.

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some_guy April 25, 2013 at 06:49 am

So now students will be inclined to assault each other with white boards. Great idea!

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Ryan April 25, 2013 at 06:56 am

Why don’t they just equip the teachers with stylish wonder woman type bracelets?

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SittingDown April 25, 2013 at 07:39 am

That would cost too much. How are politicians supposed to get rich quick if all of the money they raise goes into something for someone else that looks so expensive?

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Tim April 25, 2013 at 08:14 am

Will it stop 5.56? $300 could buy a Keltec for the teacher to carry. My guess is that has a lot better of a chance of stopping a BG with a gun.

-Tim

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sancto April 25, 2013 at 08:22 am

Do classrooms need tiny dry-erase boards? I’m wondering why the whiteboard facade. Especially with those big handles on the back – how are they going to hang this stupid thing on a wall and use it? Why not just have it be a shield?

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teknix April 25, 2013 at 09:36 am

Can it be a Captain America shield?

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Luke L April 25, 2013 at 09:44 am

Because that would not be ‘school appropriate’. But they may be on to something. Maybe if we gave all the teachers guns that looked like markers then the irrational politically correct sheep would be alright with them.

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Adam April 25, 2013 at 08:37 am

The only way this thing will work is to put a holster on the back with a quality pistol in it.

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Becklopedia April 25, 2013 at 09:56 am

If I were a reporter I would interview the owner of that company and then asked him to demonstrate it’s use. Then I would pull an air-soft gun and proceed to shoot him in the legs until he dropped the shield then shoot him in the face…all on live TV. After which I would turn to the camera, drop the mic, and walk away.

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Adam April 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

Like a bawse

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wilco40 April 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

I’ve already emailed my state Sen. Kent Eken with several concerns about this. In theory at least, private citizens here in Minnesota cannot possess ballistic vests/shields- so what sort of political gymnastics and more importantly $$$$ are going into a whole new set of regs & training for our new teachers/quasi public safety officers ? This means no ballistic backpacks for your kids, nor ballistic briefcases. The lawyers are already parachuting in to get a piece of this liability action. It is to laugh.

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Parrym April 25, 2013 at 10:10 am

So how about the demonstration with the reporter holding the whiteboard as the cops shoots him a dozen times or so. How long before the reporter’s arm breaks due to impact energy, drops the whiteboard down and takes one in the face.

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lucusloc April 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

or they just aim for something not behind the whiteboard. or walk up and shoot over the board. and this guy thinks that most teacher will be able to effectively use this as a hand to hand weapon? seriously, this is insane. you would have to be certifiably crazy to *choose* to use that against a gunman.

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D Fresh April 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

He didnt try 5.56 or .308 on it ( i bet it wont hold up to those rounds ) … You know the round shot out of the scary AR-15 the anti-gunners dont want us to have … This thing is a total joke .. This is truly absurb …

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HS April 25, 2013 at 11:50 am

CEOs of other body armor companies stand behind their product, while it gets shot up. maybe we can see such a demo? I’d like to see how easy it is to absorb a bullet with a hand held shield. i think you would drop after the first shot from sheer force of impact, not to mention vibrations.

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PJ April 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

From the website:
“Absorbs multiple magazines of ammunition from any handgun or shotgun without ricochet or injury.”

That’s basically admitting it won’t stop a rifle (which we already knew). But even what they say is a pretty bold claim. I’d love to see it shot with a couple of 12 gauge slugs or since it can with stand “any handgun” a Magnum Research BFR in say .45-70.

I did love his stone cold stare when showing how to use is offensively. And how it didn’t occur to his that his disarm technique puts the muzzle of the gun between the board and his body.

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PJ April 25, 2013 at 01:00 pm

Also if you just want a “bulletproof” gimmick this is significantly cheaper:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e769/

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Capt. Glenn April 25, 2013 at 02:51 pm

Why not just spend the $300 to upgrade each classroom. Since they are going to store these boards in the schools “lock down area”, why not make each classroom a secure lock down area instead.

Well, about the only thing I can say at least, is this idea is not going after law abiding citizens firearms.

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Nyanman April 25, 2013 at 02:52 pm

I like how the whiteboard is so small, being able to protect your main vital organs, just not really anything else.
Male teachers should really enjoy using that. Do your protect your life or your will to live?
And the shooter gets to see someone make that decision in real time.

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dgdimick April 25, 2013 at 02:53 pm

Never let the chance, to charge people to “feel” good pass you by.

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Roman Scott April 25, 2013 at 03:51 pm

“This is the most stupid thing I’ve ever seen.” ~Respected Local Teacher

I agree. Was it just me or did that police chief seem like he was on something?

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Nakedgun April 25, 2013 at 03:56 pm

How about a common-sense idea to deter/respond to an active shooter… I know many LEO’s/CCW’s who would be happy to volunteer as security at their children’s schools (I’m already on campus a few times a year anyway).

This whiteboard is just another hug-it-out response; “Gun-free” zones are still working too, right?
wow

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Church April 25, 2013 at 04:47 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! This is a fucking joke right!?

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dave w April 25, 2013 at 06:14 pm

There has to be someone with a youtube channel that comes here who will buy one and shoot it.

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Ninjavitis April 25, 2013 at 06:37 pm

I am so going to buy one and use it for airsoft. When they question it, I can show them this clip. It obviously works…

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Lance April 26, 2013 at 09:04 am

“Block every shot” LOL

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cc19 April 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

If a gun is not the solution, then why is the solution to call cops to bring their guns?

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Mountain April 26, 2013 at 09:11 pm

Nice chick-lean, Mr. Ubertacticool-Ninja-CLEO…

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aquitana April 27, 2013 at 07:37 am

LoLz…..he was super douchbagy.

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Jim P. April 26, 2013 at 09:30 pm

This is an idea to defend students against a gun wielding nut job. So is a gun.

But both of them are tools that could be used. They could put a lock box in every room that has a loaded, cocked and locked and opened from a command from the principals office. But unless you have people willing and operate the tool, it is worthless.

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