Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Quote of the Day

"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."

-- Megan McArdle writing at The Daily Beast

I've tried my best to completely ignore politics and the often idiotic rantings of those who make a living proffering right-wing political opinions since last Friday. I honestly feel like that kind of pettiness should have been put to shame for at least a little while. I don't know, I guess it just seems like it's beneath all of us right now.

But this was unavoidable because Megan McArdle is apparently a very special brand of idiot. It's already been well established that her views are the worst kind of insipid libertarian drivel and that they come from an intellectual featherweight -- why anyone actually pays her to try to think is one of the universe's great mysteries -- but her most recent column crosses the line from dumb into unthinkably offensive.

For most of its painful 4,000 words, it's standard McArdle -- a lot of the-government-can't-do-anything nonsense backed up by arguments a 5th grader would be able to knock holes through -- but then comes the above quote. I never thought I'd be one of those parents, but I guess I am: There's no fucking way humanly possible that Megan McArdle has a child (and if she does, the state she dislikes so much should step in and take him or her away immediately). If you can come up with a worse idea, a more jaw-dropping disaster of a response to the Sandy Hook shooting, than to suggest to your six year old and his or her friends that they should say "let's roll," get into attack formation, and undertake a kamikaze run at a guy armed with an assault rifle, I'm open to hearing it -- although you'd probably be too high to talk.

Ben wrote a really good piece on this today over at Banter and my favorite part about it is that he acknowledges what I kind of alluded to about McArdle, namely that she's such a joke that she barely deserves being mentioned and only gets the honor today because rarely has she herself proven it so spectacularly.


QuadCityPat said...

After reading that I taught, Rowan age 6, Krav Maga. Just to be safe. What a fucking idiot. I agree she must not have kids. If she did and lives in IL, I'd have to seriously think about removing the child for his or her own safety.

Mary said...

Please tell me this woman wrote this as a modern day version of Swift's "A Modest Proposal" I cannot wrap my head around a supposed adult, employed as an opinion writer with such poorly developed/matured reasoning skills and cognitive function.

Anonymous said...

and then there's this:

Janiece said...

Wait...that wasn't satire?

Chris said...

Maybe she's spent too much time reading Orson Scott Card and thinks "Ender and Bean would be able to take him out."

Anonymous said...

The firing rate of an AR-15 is 800 rounds per minute. With a high capacity magazine you'd be facing a wall of lead that would shred you faster than you can take a breath. And Megan proposes we train our children to rush the shooter? Has she ever seen one of these things in operation? Has she ever been to a gun range and seen a pistol in operation? Is she thinking that whoever is facing the shooter is going to die anyone so you might as die gloriously trying to stop them in a suicide charge. Because, maybe, just maybe one person will get through.

The solutions are only complicated for Megan. Ban the weapons, ban the high capacity magazine, control the bullets. Problem diminished possibly solved.

The 2nd amendment doesn't guarantee the right to any and every kind of weapon. A single shot bolt action rifle is plenty gun to hunting with. If home protection is required, one revolver is enough. No one should be permitted an arsenal and no one should be permitted assault weapons.

alopecia said...

I'm too lazy to try to find it, but a commenter somewhere on the interwebs, confronted with Megan McArdle's rush-the-shooter solution to mass killings, responded, "You first, toots."

What a terribly stupid woman.