As you might imagine, as school administrators should imagine, confronting a potential active shooter inside a school is about as dicey a proposition as you can get without sleeping on a craps table. Tactically, there’s no cover. Strategically, there’s no time. By the time the police arrive, dozens of people (children, teacher, administrators, parents) may be dead or injured. Schools up and down the country are conducting lock-down drills, teaching children the fine art of creating target rich environments for deranged killers. Even though there’s a long, sad and bloody history of American school shootings, hardly any educational establishments are tackling the real issue: how do we shoot the active shooter as quickly as humanly possible? Not the police. Us . . .
Last year, Baker Ballistics sold less than 100 of these PatrolBat shields to schools. According to 2002 stats compiled by data360.org, American is home to over 124,110 schools. It’s no wonder that Baker’s CEO despairs. “Google ‘school shootings,’ Rick Armellino advises. “You get pages and pages of tragedy. And yet [school officials] still think it can’t happen here.”
If it does, the PatrolBat offers a first responder an excellent chance of success doing what needs to be done: aggressively confronting and (if necessary) eliminating the threat to life and limb. The responder can shelter with confidence behind the shield, knowing that it will protect them from all but the highest velocity rounds.
The PatrolBat raises some important questions. Who’s going to pay $2175 per school to protect some 76 million students? Who’s going to take responsibility for taking out an active shooter from behind the PatrolBat when there isn’t a School Resource Officer or Security Guard on point? Who’s going to step up to protect America’s most important asset? And why would anyone want to stop them from doing so?