New door device could save lives

As we are all painfully aware, there have been a number of horrible school shootings through the years. And they’ve resulted in the loss of life for precious children and their teachers. It’s difficult to imagine a more serious crime than entering a school and killing innocent kids and school officials, who should be in a safe, protected environment.

What does almost every school shooting have in common? In nearly every case, the shooter entered a door he had no business opening. Whether it was a door to enter the school or a door on the inside to enter a classroom, a door was the entry point that allowed him to commit his despicable acts.

What if we could keep deranged shooters outside of those doors? Yes, they could still try to shoot students and teachers outside of school buildings, but at least some potential victims might have time and room to escape. They wouldn’t be sitting ducks in a classroom.

That’s what Ohio SWAT member Troy Lowe was thinking when he invented the Barracuda security system. It’s designed to protect civilians in active shooter situations. In a school, as soon as a teacher realizes there is a potentially dangerous situation in the building, he or she can take this wall-mounted closing device and push it onto the door closer arm at the top corner of the door to prevent the door from opening.

Lowe said that schools were his first priority, followed by municipal, public and government buildings. But the device can be adapted to work on any door. And with a cost of just $100 per device, homeowners might want to consider it for their front and back doors, especially if a local emergency were resulting in looting.

How would you like to have a device that would make it impossible for someone to break into your house through a door? Is this the type of thing you’d want to spend $100 on? Please let me know your thoughts about this.


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