I stand corrected


From Chait via Ballon Juice from Daily Beast/Newsweek’s Megan McCardle comes to this conclusion after Newton:

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. Would it work? Would people do it? I have no idea; all I can say is that both these things would be more effective than banning rifles with pistol grips.

Previously I said video games, music and movies can’t increase gun violence. I stand corrected. Movies and video games do affect gun violence because a Ms. McCardle, elementary school teacher would hear gun shots, kneel down and tell 8 students: your time to step up little ones.

I imagine Megan McArdle sat down, watched GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, or some other stupid gun violence movie thought if Channing Tatum’s friend Snake Eyes can do it on the side of a mountain, then surely pre-teens sitting in their classrooms when a gunman opens fire in their school hallways. That’s right, she wants kids to respond to gun violence like movie action heroes might. Or maybe, these kids need to first taught the “The Secret” and then “boys and girls, ages 8 through 12”, they’ll be “able to do anything”. See that’s the thing, after reading her blog post twice, I am not sure how McCardle, the libertarian public policy correspondent, would suggest we begin to teach kids to be suicide soldiers whenever some violent heavily armed adult storms the school.

The shocking thing about McArdle’s insanity is that it’s the craziest thing I have ever read. At least NRA gun nuts would say each one of these kids should have a sidearm in school and that then they should strike back against attackers. McArdle is proposing after we teach kids where fire exits are from their homeroom, and how to get the lunch room and school nurse, we should then teach them body bum rush drills. I guess first two rows in every homeroom are human shields.

And it’s the craziest thing until…today where she advocates teaching teachers and teenage kids to behave more like street thugs or professional paramilitary police forces. Either way, I was wrong. The folks that think like McArdle obviously are watching violent movies, listening to gangsta rap and playing Call of Duty and are fashioning deadly public policy ideas from them.