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Bash, Boing Landrovers

padded Landrovers
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During periods of unrest, the police where I live use heavily armoured Landrovers to push back rioting mobs.

This seems to greatly enrage some of the mostly brainless miscreants, who can be seen pounding on the vehicles with all manner of objects and instruments, including staves of wood; iron bars; concrete blocks and even golf clubs.

If the Landrovers had an extra skin of springy padding, bashing on them would have the net effect of causing the attacker to risk receive a reciprocal blow, as their offending instrument simply bounced off vigorously in the return direction. Adding a complementary device that simultaneously released a cartoon boinging type sound, would add to the stupefaction of the effect.

xenzag, Jul 07 2013


       I think I would use my 3 wood for a Landrover.
bungston, Jul 07 2013

       Does this dangerous war-torn land (I'm guessing Detroit) have lawyers? Because I'll bet Gloria Allred would gnaw off her left leg above the knee to 'defend' a rioter whose crowbar rebounded from an elasticated police vehicle and became impaled in their own forehead.
Alterother, Jul 07 2013

       I think a lawsuit could only brought if the rioter could not reasonably have foreseen the rebound.   

       To ensure this, the rubberized rovers should be liberally decorated with clown motifs. If possible, they should have elliptical wheels and make comedy "honk honk" noises. This would annoy rioters no end.   

       As a bonus, force sensors could be placed under the rubber. When a blow is landed, a column of candy-pink lights could be illuminated to reflect the rioter's score.   

       If some way could be found to dispense goldfish in polythene bags, victory would be assured. It is very difficult to riot whilst guarding a bagged goldfish.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 07 2013

       //I'm guessing Detroit// - ha - pussy-ville compared to my home town. Our rioters use petrol as mouthwash instead of listerine.
xenzag, Jul 07 2013

       So do most most of my fellow hillbillies; siphoning is the new sheep-stealing, after all. What will really impress me is if your rioters use Listerine in their Molotov cocktails.
Alterother, Jul 07 2013

       Oddly, British soldiers in the Sudan during WWII used to rinse their mouths with petrol to stave off gum disease.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 07 2013

       I would think that something akin to explosive reactive armour would be much more effective.
Custardguts, Jul 07 2013

       [21] - I don't disagree. It depends on whether your mission is to deter "rioters" from destroying property and hurting people, or if your mission is to mollycoddle people and make out like rioting is okay.   

       Peaceful protesting - exercising democratic and fundamental human rights.   

       Rioting - using political or civil conflict as an excuse for abandoning lawful and moral behaviour, regressing to crude thuggery. In my opinion, police response should be defensive only - cordon off area, but shoot dead anyone who attacks police officers or uninvolved civilians, and restrain/encarcerate anyone wantonly destroying public or private property.   

       This lawyer you speak of may have some success in the courtroom but if it's as you describe, that speaks more about twisted legal systems than it does about appropriate use of force.
Custardguts, Jul 08 2013

       You've pegged [xenzag]? Well, that ought to take his mind off troublemaking for a while.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 08 2013

       I gave all that up when one of the bricks I had thrown had a hole in it, which prior to impacting the intended target, was invaded during its parabolic trajectory by a homeless bee.
xenzag, Jul 08 2013

       ...Not that there's anything wrong with that...
Custardguts, Jul 08 2013


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