Charlotte Allen over at National Review Online has interesting ideas for how we might be able to stop mass shootings in the future. They mostly have to do with having more men at elementary schools. I am so not kidding. And not just that, “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.” Just imagine! Too bad it couldn’t be televized: the Male Teachers Who Had Played High-School Football against the nut with an assault rifle! That sounds like a hell of a match—equal power on both sides.
She has other great ideas. When a shooter comes after you, you should run. “[B]ecause most shooters can’t hit a moving target.” What’s with all that hiding in the closet business? Sure, doing that probably saved hundreds of lives. But it’s so girly!
Two things come to mind here. First, you know one reason why it is that not many men work as grammar school teachers? The pay sucks. But the National Review Online isn’t for paying teachers more. Teachers are just one of the many moocher groups trying to steal all the good, honest money made by hedge fund managers and bank CEOs. This isn’t about some secret feminizing project of liberals trying to stop 12-year-old-boys from being husky.
Second, there are standard procedures that people should follow when they are in a situation with an armed gunman. You should run away if you can. This is just to get away, however; it is not because shooters have a hard time hitting moving targets. If you can’t run, you should hide. If you can’t hide, you should fight. Here is a video from the Department of Homeland Security that explains this:
Charlotte Allen is really vile. Not only is she giving out really bad advice, she is insulting all the people who have actually faced this situation. The National Review Online should be ashamed, but I fear they are far beyond that by now.
H/T Jonathan Chait
That video was originally sent to me by a friend back on 5 November. It was passed around at her work because there was an incident where someone saw a gunman, but the police couldn’t find anyone and no one was harmed. She sent it to me because it is kind of dorky. But even at the time I defended it. I think it is good advice. You can’t be too careful. And I’m definitely a “fight as a last resort” kind of guy. These people saying that we should run toward shooters are idiots.