Dagny Taggart crack suicide squad

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 your kids that tactic before they’ve watched too much TV. Seeing those old Westerns where the tomahawk-swinging Indians charge right at the cavalry, bristling with rifles, will sap them of the courage they need to save, well, somebody else.

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  1. avatar Rev. Howard Furst says:

    It’s heartwarming to see a self-described libertarian exhorting others to sacrifice life and limb for the greater good of all.

    What if the shooter only has a few specific victims in mind? Then a mob of tykes rushing him or her might lead to more casualties than intended. They should really have someone interview prospective shooters to see how many kids they intend to kill, and whether it is really a particular student or two whom they want to dispatch to the Beyond. If so, perhaps those particular students (or a small group of designated victims if the shooter has no predetermined target) could be dismissed from class to face the shooter outside, thus saving everyone else without the dangers of either a chaotic pile-on or ricochets in the classroom. ‘Tis a far, far better thing…

  2. avatar toma says:

    It is a bizarre solution given McMegan’s philosophy of self-enrichment and glorification. Methinks the story has rattled the normally cool-headed blogger and now she’s trying to shield herself, literally, with the younger and less self-involved. Those who can be suckered into self-obliteration. Very clever of her.

    When she, as you suggest, wants to barter kiddies with the psychos to save her own skin nobody will feign surprise. Though I will offer The Atlantic your name for replacement as you have not only been more forthright, but quicker to locate the end of the argument.

  3. avatar Rev. Howard Furst says:

    Now is your chance, Good Sir! McMegan McArglebargle was already hired away from The Atlantic to become a Newsweek correspondent and Adaily Beast “contributor” a few months ago; shortly thereafter, Newsweek’s boss Tina Brown announced that the print version of Newsweek will be shuttered.

    To be fair, Iran did find some success in using waves of conscripted children to use up Iraqi ammunition before armed adults moved in, back in the golden era when Iraq and Iran were battling over who had the better last letter in their respective nation’s name. And in an incident at Sobibor, 300 prisoners with absolutely nothing to lose successfully bum-rushed a few armed Nazis with only 200 immediate fatalities, so McAddled does have some historical backing for her modest proposal. And lest we forget, in Judges 16, Samson sacrificed his life to take out a bunch of enemies, a move very much appreciated by Jehovah.

    Expectantly yours,
    Rev. Howard Furst

  4. avatar toma says:

    You’re right. I forgot she’d moved on to more lucrative pastures, this post being a great example of . . why? The Peter Principle, having migrated to the internet.

    Which makes you a poor choice for a tony sinecure since you appear to be thoughtful and well-spoken by the way just where do you get off? You’re not winning anyone important over. Perhaps you could work the Bible from the opposite angle? You know, the sweetness of the light, as opposed to the decapitation of the innocents and bloodthirst of the deities.

  5. avatar Grung_e_Gene says:

    Why should the British enjoy the Wonders of the Somme all alone?!?!?! Didn’t Paul Revere warn them not to try and take our guns???

  6. avatar Rev. Howard Furst says:

    Where I get off: Mainstream commercial churches tend to promote the lovey-dovey features of New Testament Jehovah, ignoring His Old Testament side. To attain Oneness with Jehovah requires acceptance of the whole Shebang, and requires the One True Way of Biblical Literalism. Hardcore Religion. Biblical Literalism as we practice it in the Furst National Church requires absolute belief in every assertion, Law, and ordinance, and belief in the historical veracity of every just-so story in the Good Book. In short, it requires sincerely believing a multitude of things that ones knows to be completely untrue. The result, when carried to extremes, is like a turbo-charged Zen koan, in which the time-bound mind collapses under the weight of a knowing belief in falsehoods (even though almost everything that people know is basically false, critical mass for transcendence is not achieved unless one consciously believes things that one knows to be untrue), and one stands free as the radiant, deathless transcendental consciousness that is always present and that is the same One peeking out through the eyes of all beings, the Ancient One, the Godhead, infinite joy without beginning, end or cause. It is immortality realized while alive; the essence of Religion before it inevitably degenerates into an exercise in cargo-cult (trying half-heartedly to behave like a Saint rather than being one) crowd control. Consoling statements like “Buddha loves me, this I know, because the Sutra tells me so” in the language of whatever tradition is fashionable in any time and place don’t really do anyone any good, so I can’t try to sell that product. A helpful adjunct to Biblical Literalism is Christian Tantric Sexuality, which involves intentional discord between what one practices and what one preaches, to serve a similar process of going beyond body and mind and standing free as Jehovah consciousness. The frequent so-called “moral lapses” of Church leaders that make the news frequently are often really a form of this practice, and public humiliation is actually a part of the practice; Jimmy Swaggart, for example, is a true Tantric Master.

  7. avatar Rev. Howard Furst says:

    McMegan has offered a clarification of her proposal that makes it all better:

    I completely agree that small children rushing a shooter would be a terrible idea. I can see how taken out of context, if you maybe hadn’t read the whole article, “young people” could be read to refer to the Newtown school children. But I was talking about teenagers, not first graders.

    In order for this to be helpful in elementary schools, classrooms with younger kids could perhaps have a few kamikaze Middle School students assigned in shifts, perhaps using the time to do their homework.

  8. avatar toma says:

    Has Megan ever made sense, Reverend, after a ‘clarification’ of one of her thought gems? I don’t think so. They’re always approximations between what you ‘misunderstood’ and what she thinks you’d like to hear, which is to say spineless bullshit.

    For our current purposes, this hints at your kamikaze teenagers. Now everything makes sense? Also: Why didn’t freshmen storm the Texas A&M school tower? That’s what a young Dagny Taggart would have done, thrown her future productive life right into Whitman’s sight-lines. The sacrifice is a reasonable trade-off for society. We give you free elementary school, you distract the psycho marksman while we crawl out the cellar door.

    As for your qualification for Bible literalism — literalism . .

    “The result, when carried to extremes, is like a turbo-charged Zen koan, in which the time-bound mind collapses under the weight of a knowing belief in falsehoods (even though almost everything that people know is basically false, critical mass for transcendence is not achieved unless one consciously believes things that one knows to be untrue), and one stands free as the radiant, deathless transcendental consciousness that is always present and that is the same One peeking out through the eyes of all beings, the Ancient One, the Godhead, infinite joy without beginning, end or cause.”

    . . that’s some good shit. To be sure, I’d love to get a headful of that, but haven’t I gone insane? If my neophyte period for being that gassed is eighty years of acting like Pat Robertson, Angel Dust would be a sober alternative. Also thx for explaining the Huggies-clad behavior of the Sen. Vitters of the world. As it’s apparently a secret sacrament, I’ll lay off the laughing, and downloading of black market videos.

    @ Gene: We share the masochistic streak of Empire? Perhaps? We’re paying the same price the Brits once paid for pretending to be the masters of the universe. Guns everywhere, violence to straighten out everything, and subjection to the slings and arrows of FREEDOM whenever anybody’s pissed. Or we could be psycho. See the Reverend’s take on Nirvana.

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