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    Posted June 8, 2014 by
    Scottsdale, Arizona
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    Getting Off The Gun Control Debate - Time To Make Use Of Innovation To Protect The Public

    Gun violence takes place on a daily basis in our society; in our homes, on our streets, where we work, where we go to school, where we shop, and even where we play. Mass shootings, a now all-too-common phenomenon, are resulting in a greater number of deaths and injuries than at any point in our history.

    No matter where you are at any given time; whether working in your office, checking out a book in the school library, watching a movie at your local theatre, or just doing some last-minute shopping, you too may become a potential target. For many, this sad reality is starting to sink in.

    There has been much discussion of what can be done to stem the tide of gun violence. But, in truth, very little has been done. As politicians continue to argue over the cause and effect of gun violence, the debate continues…and unfortunately so do the shootings.

    Perhaps it is time to look at the problem from an entirely different perspective? Instead of focusing on one singular issue, gun control, why not use every tool at our disposal to confront this threat to public safety head-on? Let’s take action by employing new ideas and innovations that are available today...right now.

    One significant innovation, only recently available, is a bullet-resistant technology that can be seamlessly integrated into the public space: from seating, to office cubicles, to wall systems. Referred to as ballistic barriers, these bullet-absorbing structures are designed to shield us from the impact of a bullet, yet they are virtually invisible.

    Ballistic Furniture Systems, Inc.,(BFS), based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has introduced a game changing ballistic barrier technology (Amulet™) that can be applied to virtually any commercial furniture product as well as other interior elements used in the public space. This invisible barrier stops bullets and provides the “duck and cover” protection commonly sought when encountering gunfire. The company’s mission is simple: Protect the general public from the reality of unexpected gun violence...where they live, work and play.

    The use of ballistic barriers may seem novel, as was the use of fire alarms in public buildings in the 1800’s. Today, fire detection and suppression systems are strictly required, by code, in every public building in existence. Systems put in place to help protect people in the event of fire, with the hope that they will never have to be used.

    While we now have the technology to deliver much needed protection to the public space, we also need to raise awareness of its availability. The quicker we act to employ the use of ballistic barriers to shield the public from gun violence, the more lives we can potentially save.

    If bullet-absorbing public environments can play a role in protecting innocent people from the nightmare of senseless gun violence, it is surely a step in the right direction.
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