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On Monday evening, “Piers Morgan Live” invited Hardwire founder George Tunis and University of Maryland Eastern Shore Police Chief Ernest Leatherbury to discuss the new implementation of bulletproof whiteboards on the UMES campus. Tunis began by describing Hardwire’s whiteboard capabilities:
“We make all levels of armor. So, the armor that we’ve outfitted many schools with is NIJ Level 3A. So, that’s exactly the same armor that would be in a police vest.”
The boards, 18 x 20 inches and under four pounds, are tested and durable and UMES purchased 200 for this school year. But, how would this technology hold off a major assault by a random attacker?
“When [Adam Lanza] burst in at Sandy Hook, the teachers had nothing. I mean, they literally had no armor,” said Tunis. Now, he argued, that students and faculty will be in a better position to defend themselves.
Police Chief Leatherbury agreed:
“I don’t view this as militarizing our university. I see it as a protective step to ensure the safety of our community in the unlikely event that someone would come on this campus with the intent to harm our students, staff and our faculty.”
CNN Political Commentator Ben Furguson took a seat on "The Grill." He noted that while bulletproof doors and whiteboards seem beneficial, mental health and gun acquisition must be considered in order to prevent mass shootings:
“I still go back to the core of this. We have to start doing a better job of going after the black market and going after people that break gun laws and putting them in jail for a long time.”