If Only Pugsley Attended Sandy Hook

Our guest columnist is NRO contributor Charlotte Allen.

There was not a single adult male on the school premises when the shooting occurred. In this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school), all the personnel — the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the “reading specialist” — were female. There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers. The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, seemed to have performed bravely. According to reports, she activated the school’s public-address system and also lunged at Lanza, before he shot her to death. Some of the teachers managed to save all or some of their charges by rushing them into closets or bathrooms. But in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm. Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. 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.

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19 comments:

5:11 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

No man is masculine enough to stop a bullet without kevlar.

Holy fuck. And the NRO wonders why intelligent people mock their writtens (sic) as if they were skreeds wroting (sic) on toilet paper with shit? BECAUSE IT IS.

5:24 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

What planet do these “writers” come from blithely discussing adults and children using their bodies to overwhelm a lunatic with an assault rifle? I feel they view these massacres like video games or at worst paintball. Hasn’t anyone explained to them the deaths of these victims are permanent?

5:30 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

@Dave H:
It’s like they don’t get that people want to live or something. Considering how they view war, I shouldn’t be surprised.

5:53 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

So it’s as if the victims are to blame because there wasn’t enough testosterone in the air. How many men were victims of the Auruora shooting?

6:06 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

@Jesuswalksinidaho:

“I just love the smell of testosterone in the morning. It smells like. . . victory. How’re you feeling, Jimmy?”

“Like a mean motherfucker, sir! “

6:34 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

Perhaps they should show gladiator movies and wrestling clips to help masculinize the children.

I know those had an effect on me as a young lad…

6:47 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

I love the fantasy trope of, “Let’s rush him as a group, how many of us can he shoot, anyway?” It’s so… deluded. But I like to imagine that a bunch of NRO types, gathered in a room and facing a crazed shooter, might all leap up and try to rush him. Then I laugh, because I know that like every other single goddamn human in the world, they’re all craven cowards who would much rather live another day. Rushing an active shooter is asking to be shot dead, and I don’t imagine anyone facing that situation for real would have any delusions to the contrary. Life is not a video game.

6:54 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

My response to this and 99% of what I read/hear these days: Oh, for fuck’s sake.

6:58 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

Pretty much. Feh.

7:49 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

@IanJ:

Sailing ship Captains occasionally carried muzzle-loading “duck’s foot” anti-mutiny guns which fired 3-5+ shots simultaneously in a horizontal pattern. The idea was, even if 20+ people were ready to mutiny, none of them wanted to be the ones who got shot, even if most of them survived and were able to take revenge on the shooter.

While such weapons were “displayed” aboard ships, I’m not aware of any actual historical (firing) use of such a weapon; although larger volley guns were used aboard ship to clear decks in preparation for (or for the repelling of) boarding parties. They were also used against columns of infantry during the Napoleonic era; but required a large strong person to handle the powerful recoil and lots of friendly armed support since it took a long time to reload.

It takes an incredible amount of training to be able to charge a person firing a gun at you, even though it might be the only way to save your life (often the best/only survivable anti-ambush tactic is to charge the attackers while firing your own weapon).

9:05 pm • Wednesday • December 19, 2012

NRO has really given up on even *pretending* at accuracy, haven’t they? The goddamn Allen piece manages to get the grade range (K-4, not K-6) *and* the janitor’s sex (as well as some of the teachers’) wrong.

Not that either of those actually matter, it’s just remarkable that a writer in a supposedly legitimate publication would bend obviously checkable and current facts like that to make a point.

12:22 pm • Thursday • December 20, 2012

“But in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm.”
So he thinks wimmenfolks are helplessly passive and a 12-year-old boy is more capable than a whole group of adult women (including a “reading specialist”), eh? Maybe he’ll change his tune after I stab his eyeballs out.

12:56 pm • Thursday • December 20, 2012

@flippin eck: I honestly have a hard time imagining the world that writer must live in to make a statement like that in any seriousness. It must be mostly composed of fantasy. Most of the women in my life are just as capable as the men, perhaps even more so in the face of a threat like this. I would be more inclined to say “helpless passivity” is a personality trait than a gender trait.

1:10 pm • Thursday • December 20, 2012

@flippin eck: @IanJ: I’m shocked that an NRO contributor would overlook Women of the IDF. You won’t find me saying “feminization” to their faces.

2:41 pm • Thursday • December 20, 2012

@flippin eck: The women are training the boys to be fags, you see. And so we continue the anti-union, anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-reality argument, with hardly a speed bump in the road.

That some of these teachers died trying to rush the shooter or protecting the children in their care, shielding them with their own bodies, seems not to matter to Ms. Allen.

3:42 pm • Thursday • December 20, 2012

Let’s say this kid didn’t have access to a gun. After killing his mom some other way he would have taken the car and just mowed down pedestrians randomly or at a crowded bus stop. It wouldn’t have mattered, in other words because HE WAS MENTALLY ILL! The guy who really takes the cake is that Brevik piece of shit. Where is Vlad the Impaler when you need him?

Fuckin’ humanity – worst species on Earth . . . .

(present company excepted, of course)

4:06 pm • Thursday • December 20, 2012

@tomfoolery: Yeah, but short of driving a bus off a cliff, you’re not likely to be able to take out 20 kids and 6 adults in one fell swoop with a vehicle.

@Benedick: Duly noted.

6:19 pm • Thursday • December 20, 2012

that’s a bunch of bullshit. in my bartending days, i worked with two ex-lady vol basketball players who were 2 time national champs. they could kick ass. they were fun to be around and could fight guys and pick up girls with the best of us real men. any guy thinks women can’t fight needs to show up for a lady vols practice. they have been practicing against men since Pat started the deal. just stand there under the hoop when a lady vol is driving the lane and see what happens.

7:53 pm • Thursday • December 20, 2012

@jwmcsame: When my daughters were kids, I used to take them to L.A. Sparks WNBA games. Even the “glamorous” players like Lisa Leslie (6’5″ and hot hot hot) could get very nasty under the hoop.

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