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Letter: There’s an alternative to guns that, with one button, can stop school shooters

High-watt laser pointer a
safer way to stop shooters

Is there a way to quickly neutralize a classroom shooter that does not involve lethal force?

There is an alternative to guns that, with one button, can render an attacker helpless but relatively unharmed. School staff should pack a high-wattage green laser pointer. A high-wattage laser pointer can blind a person at a distance of 100+ feet. It may cause permanent eye damage but it is not lethal. And a blind attacker is effectively neutralized.

This laser “weapon” is powerful yet simple. Hitting the target – the attacker’s eyes – is easy. No registration or permissions are required. And, it’s cheap. The attacker’s blindness may be brief but can give students and staff crucial seconds to flee or overpower the blinded attacker. It’s not perfect; the shooter will still have gun in hand. But better to face a disoriented, blind shooter than one with vision.

Inexpensive, powerful, non-lethal high-wattage laser pointers can provide teachers with simple, non-lethal, off-the-shelf “weapons” to neutralize shooters.

Wayne Narr
Danville

 

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