In the wake of the Connecticut mass killing of children, Megan McArdle has some advice for parents. No you shouldn’t call your congressman and demand something like an assault weapons ban. This would be better:
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.
Mom, Dad, you’d be wise to begin teaching the kids this tactic before they’ve watched too much TV. Seeing any of those old Westerns where the tomahawk-swinging Indians charge right at the cavalry, rifles and all, will sap them of the courage they need to save, well, somebody else.