Twas only yesterday that we predicted that Meagan McArdle’s “gangrush the shooter” would go down as the dumbest thing said in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy. But 24 hours is an infinitely long time for Wingnuts with computer machines to write more dumb things, and sure enough today a new entry not only expands on McArdle’s dunderheaded suggestion but somehow manages to make a suggestion that is even more astonishingly offensive.
In a piece titled Newton Answers [SPOILER: it offers none], Charlotte Allen studies the circumstances of the tragedy, strokes her chin, and promptly poops out this fetid observation:
There was not a single adult male on the school premises when the shooting occurred. In this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school), all the personnel — the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the “reading specialist” — were female. There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers. The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, seemed to have performed bravely. According to reports, she activated the school’s public-address system and also lunged at Lanza, before he shot her to death. Some of the teachers managed to save all or some of their charges by rushing them into closets or bathrooms. But in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm. Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza.
First, Charlotte, a question: why are there scare quotes around “reading specialist”? It’s not like she’s a “reading herbalist.”
And now a few facts: there was at least one man, a janitor, at the school that day, and his actions apparently did help save lives. Also, the school was K-4, not K-6, meaning the oldest kids were 10; and anyway, where are all these husky 12-year-old boys who can withstand bullets? Finally, the tragic repudiation to your hateful words lies right within them: Dawn Hochsprung died protecting her students, as did Victoria Soto, who put herself directly between the gunman and her students. Where is this helpless passivity of which you speak?
Not to be outdone, Mike Huckabee, fresh from his claim that the shooting was caused by God’s absence from our classrooms (which, isn’t “God’s absence” a contradiction in terms?), today doubled down on the crazy by laying the blame right where it belongs: The Gays. That’s right, gay marriage caused the shooting. Oh, and psychiatry.
If Jesus wasn’t weeping already, he’s sure weeping now.