I had nothing to say about Sandy Hook that didn’t feel craven, and that’s still the case, but now that the wingnuts have had a chance to weigh in on this tragedy I do feel the need to bring to your attention the single dumbest thing said in the wake of the tragedy. It’s been a stiff competition, what with the “God has been banished from the classroom” crowd and the “teachers should be armed and schools should be fortresses” crowd, but I do believe that TBogg has found our winner.
Meagan McArdle, that numerically challenged doyenne of grossly overpriced kitchen appliances, spins out several thousand words in The Daily Beast to argue in true glibertarian fashion that there’s certainly nothing government can do to prevent gun violence as mass killings are the way of nature (despite the example of Australia), and then ends her essay with this helpful piece of advice:
I’d also like us to encourage people to gang rush shooters, rather than following their instincts to hide; if we drilled it into young people that the correct thing to do is for everyone to instantly run at the guy with the gun, these sorts of mass shootings would be less deadly, because even a guy with a very powerful weapon can be brought down by 8-12 unarmed bodies piling on him at once.
Right behind you, Meagan. Right behind you.