Sandy Hook propels Melbourne man to invent a bullet-proof bookcase January 10, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, books in design – Tags: Bookshelves
Craig Harwood and his 11 year-old daughter were watching the events at Sandy Hook elementary school play out on television when she turned to him and said, “‘Dad, can’t you invent something to stop this from happening?'”
That was all Harwood, who was a a special operations and anti-terrorism police officer, needed to get to work.
While the US gun lobby called for teachers to be armed, Mr Harwood thought about how to protect people from gunmen in the terrifying wait for police to arrive. The business partners hit on dFence – a movable bookcase fitted with three anti-ballistic layers that can be wheeled and locked in front of doors and windows if a gunman is on the loose.
The bookshelves retail for around $4000.
Mr. Harwood is coming to American with support from the Australian federal government to meet with the departments of Homeland Security and Education next month. He has to travel far because “he does not foresee the bookcases having much of a market in Australia, thanks to our gun laws.”