Bulletproof blanket — for $1,000

An Oklahoma company has designed a bullet-resistant blanket that's designed to protect children and teachers in the event of a school shooting.

An Oklahoma company is selling a bullet-resistant blanket — for $1,000 apiece — that’s supposed to protect students and teachers from school shooters. Cower with class!

ProTecht claims the Bodyguard Blanket can protect against weaponry used in 90 percent of school shootings.

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  1. Thinly Veiled Anonymity says:

    About the only thing this is good for is stopping stray bullets. If the guy (and it’s almost always a guy, to be fair) wants to shoot you in particular, all this does is immobilize you.

    • Not necessarily true.  If the blanket will stop direct fire, then a bunch of people using the blankets could rush the shooter at minimal risk to themselves.

      • The blankets only stop the bullets from penetrating. You still take the punch which is about like getting hit by a baseball bat.

        • Nonsense.  If the momentum was remotely equivalent, firing the gun would also be like getting hit with a baseball bat.

          A 55 grain (3.6 gram) 5.56 mm bullet moving at 900 m/sec has about 1460 J of energy but only 3.2 kg-m/s of momentum.  A 5-ounce baseball with the same momentum would only be moving at about 23 m/sec – about 50 MPH, a fairly slow pitch.

      • Jerry Doctor says:

        Rush the shooter at minimal risk? Did you look at the size of these things? Unless a bunch of six year olds are going to do the rushing, much of the body will still be exposed. Don’t you think it will occur to the attacker that after he puts a round in your leg you’ll either fall down or drop the blanket and he can shoot you again?

        By the way, how do you rush someone you can’t see because you’ve got a bullet resistant blanket protecting your head?

        So, you’re left to huddling on the floor like the kids in the picture. Did you look at that picture? How much protection do they have from someone that walks up to them? Another thing about that picture. The kids are in a hallway. According to the manufacturer’s website the blankets are designed to be stored in the classrooms. Are we going to have the kids carry their blankets with them all day? In schools that won’t even let kids carry a backpack?

        This whole thing is typical of our society anymore. We either don’t know how to solve a problem or we aren’t willing to do what it takes to solve the problem so instead we just throw money at it and feel good about ourselves because “at least we’re doing something.”

        • Excuse me, but those blankets appear to be designed for 6-yr-olds.  Adult sizes would be larger.

          SWAT teams rush into buildings behind shields not much larger than that.  Not that I think the idea has huge merit—if anyone thinks that a foam and Kevlar blanket is going to protect anyone against falling concrete beams knocked loose by a tornado or earthquake, they are kidding themselves—but the physics of dealing with shooters works out reasonably well.  Anyone firing a gun is going to pinpoint their own location pretty well by ear alone.

          Would it be worthwhile to spend $1000/head against such possibilities?  You’d get a better payoff with lottery tickets.

          • Jerry Doctor says:

            A careful reading of their website reveals that they are indeed available in small, medium and large sizes.

            However, swat team shields??? Police shields that I’ve seen all have a “window” so you can see what you are charging. They are used in conjunction with body armor and helmets. The officers using them are well practiced in the use of the shields Perhaps most important, they are shooting at the attacker – something that does tend to make you lose your focus. As for “locating” the shooter by the sound of gunfire – in close quarters? without ear protection? echoing down the halls?

            Having said all that I will concede that it is better than just standing there waiting to be killed. But if it works out for you, never buy a lottery ticket again. You’ve used up all your luck.

      • Thinly Veiled Anonymity says:

        EP-

        I have to concede your point — if something is bulletproof then it can be used as a weapon. But if you’re going to have to use it as a weapon to make it less useless, well, there are better weapons out there.

    • The blankets are also pretty good for demonstrating the concern of the school board for the welfare of the kids. Whether the blankets are at all effective isn’t necessarily important as long as the school board’s convinced it demonstrates their concern.

      If results were of importance to school boards most of the edu-fads that sweep the nation would die in the ed schools that give them birth.

  2. PhillipMarlowe says:

    For the same amount of money you could get a S&W .44.

  3. Miller Smith says:

    Gunshots echo in the hall. The teacher stops writing on the board and turns her head to listen. She hears more shots and realizes what she is hearing.
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    “Oh my God! Those are gunshots!”, she screams in her head. She looks to the closet storing the ballistic blankets…totally useless to her students-who are in the lunchroom.

    • Jerry Doctor says:

      Excellent point, Miller. But suppose the kids were in the classroom and now “safe” from the attacker. The teacher only knew to get out the blankets because she heard the sound of other students being killed. The bullet resistant blankets didn’t do much to protect them.

      The facts are that these shooting are random and occur without warning. And while it may take police hours to insure the scene is secure, the actual danger usually only exists for a few minutes. The only way to protect the kids from these murderers is to have “a good guy with a gun” there.

      As a former teacher and gun owner myself, there are very few teachers I would trust to carry a firearm. Most of them become too flustered in an emergency, lack the resolve to actually pull the trigger, or are gun banners convinced arming faculty would increase the danger. But if even a small percentage of the staff was carrying, maybe some killers would decide to go to a “gun free zone” where they can more easily become famous.

      • Richard Aubrey says:

        Schools often have visitors who are not teachers. Parents, vendors, technical folks, contractors. If some of them are licensed to carry, and if they can carry in school, they might, one in a million, be in the right place. Can’t hurt. Licensed carriers are involved in less violent crime than are cops. So, it can’t hurt. But making them leave their weapons someplace else before even entering the parking lot is silly.

  4. Crimson Wife says:

    Would $1000 buy a bulletproof, locking classroom door? If so, the school could secure all the classrooms in the school for the same price as buying blankets for a single classroom.