Quote of the day—Greg Hamilton

SheepTargets

The ultimate example of a complete refusal to confront reality. This is the answer of sheep. “Baaa, baaa, if I lay still and play dead maybe the wolf won’t eat me. I’ll be especially protected by this bright ass orange target thing. Nobody could possible figure out I’m under here.”

It’s not just that our country is becoming so divorced from reality that our solutions to problems have crossed the line to full-on completely mentally retarded, they have become completely and utterly insane.

Greg Hamilton
June 24, 2014
Facebook post about this product supposedly to protect kids from being shot at school.
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

35 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Greg Hamilton

  1. No matter how useless those things are, the school system can say they’re ‘doing something’.

    The unicorns can now prance happily.

  2. These blankets are not being marketed as protection from school shootings. Please let me say that again:

    These blankets are NOT being marketed as protection from school shootings.

    They are intended to be protection from flying debris if a tornado should strike. The firm used the term, “bullet-proof” as a marketing ploy, and the internet tubes went crazy over the concept of a bright orange blanket protecting kids from being shot. The consequences of poor marketing.

    Still, these things are stupid, because they totally ignore the physics of falling and flying things. A flimsy 3/4″ blankey isn’t going to help Little Johnny much when the 5″ I-beam collapses in the hallway.

    • Also any winds strong enough to fling mundane items with ballistic force, might also blow the blanket off the student.

      Yeah seems the “Marketing” ploy for these being “Bullet-proof” seems to be entirely on the part of the anti-gunners.

      They need scary images to push their bankrupt agenda.

    • But, the bright orange color will make it easier for rescue (or recovery) personnel to locate them in the debris. Presuming the blanket stays anywhere near the student. . .

      • QUOTE:”But, the bright orange color will make it easier for rescue (or recovery) personnel to locate them in the debris.”
        As Bill Cosby once said about wearing your seat belt so if you get killed in an auto accident the ambulance driver doesn’t have to look for the body.

    • Incorrect. They ARE being marketed as protection from bullets. Quoting the web site:

      “Bodyguard™ blanket is one of the newest and most thoroughly tested bullet and tornado projectile resistant products in the market today.”

      That does not use the term “bulletproof” as a flashy marketing term for “tough”. It says “bullet resistant” which I have never seen to mean anything other than “resistant to bullets”. It has never meant “resistant to flying things that are not bullets”.

    • “These blankets are not being marketed as protection from school shootings. Please let me say that again:

      These blankets are NOT being marketed as protection from school shootings.”

      …except for the fact that they explicitly talk about school shootings on their website, there is a picture of a 9mm round trapped in the material on their website, and the marketing video shows them testing it at a pistol range…

      As for Weer’d’s concern about wind, the blankets strap on. They actually might make it *more likely* for a kid to be picked up and blown away in a tornado.

    • They actually list the bullet resistance in case of school shootings BEFORE they list them as being effective against severe weather events — and they go into FAR more detail about the bullet resistance.

      Besides, I would think a STAB-resistant blanket would be more appropriate to deal with severe weather INSIDE A SCHOOL (flying glass and large, sharp pieces of wood). Stab-resistance and bulllet resistance are two entirely different specialties. . .

      “Bodyguard™ blanket was specifically designed for two functions:
      “(1.) …as a bullet resistant body cover to protect against school incursions, and the weapons assailants commonly use.
      “(2.) …as a protective body cover to be used during tornadoes and damaging weather.

      “School Incursions
      […] Not only does the Bodyguard™ blanket prevent penetration of many caliber ammunitions, it also absorbs the bullet’s energy to a significant degree, thereby lessening blunt force trauma incurred on the body.

      […]

      “As a bullet enters the Bodyguard™ blanket, its incredibly strong materials “catch” and deform the bullet. This deformation of the bullet occurs within the layers of the blanket, and allows a high degree of energy absorption.”

  3. The Facebook link is down, doubtless as they reposition their product more in accordance with reality.
    The second link, to “Body Guard Blanket”, by Protect LLC, describes the product as “providing superior protection to children and teachers while at school”.
    As for the claim that it is not intended to provide protection against bullets, that page linked above contains the words, “Bodyguard™ blanket is one of the newest and most thoroughly tested bullet and tornado projectile resistant products in the market today.” Perhaps against hand-thrown bullets.
    What I find ironic/ amazing/ troubling, is that this product is undoubtedly marketed by people who found the concept of “duck and cover” under your desk in the event of an air raid to be absolutely laughable advice.

    I don’t know whether my anger and disgust should be directed more to the sellers, or the purchasers of such a magic blanket.

  4. I can see a use for it. The site claims that it is a level IIIa blanket. If that is the case, I can use these to line the body and door panels of my car, or I can use them to reinforce a saferoom in my house. It won’t stop a rifle, but handgun calibers would be virtually eliminated as a threat.
    My car or my sofa could then be used as cover.

  5. On the other hand, I’ve seen a bulletproof insert for backpacks. I would instruct the kid to run away from the shooting while wearing the backpack.

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  7. At more than a thousand bucks a pop, I can think of better things to spend that much money on. In my school district alone there are about 26k students. That’s about $26,000,000, roughly the cost of a new elementary school.
    Yeahhhh… No.
    Defensive training for students, all recognizing teacher’s civil rights, would be far cheaper and more useful.

    • Holy Hannah, we could do something useful and get them surplus helmet and body armor for that price.

      Jesus Wept.

      • For $26 million you could probably equip schools with heavily armed drone robot guards. That’d be a hell of a deterrent to school shooters.

        “DROP YOUR WEAPON AND PUT YOUR HANDS OVER YOUR HEAD, YOU HAVE FIFTEEN SECONDS TO COMPLY.”

  8. so are these blankets in Target Orange or Blood Red and do they double as body bags?

    • Yeah, they should make it a bag, so you can climb inside and zip it up.

      Criminals would love that. You charge into, say, a bank reciting the Bill of Rights, everyone else takes that as a terrorist threat and immediately goes into his orange cocoon, and you have free run of the place.

      When will these things be issued to cops?

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