Megan McArdle Has a Plan Of – Attack?
Daily Beast/Newsweek correspondent Megan McArdle has this whole mass shooting problem figured out. Rather than examine our mental health care system and gun control laws, she has a much simpler solution:
“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. Would it work? Would people do it? I have no idea; all I can say is that both these things would be more effective than banning rifles with pistol grips”
That ranks right up there with arming our teachers in the pantheon of worst solutions to anything ever. Seriously? That’s your fix to this? Charging a gunmen carrying multiple semi automatic weapons, body armor, and Moloch knows whatever else? Charging the shooter would be ideal- for the shooter.
Consider this: mass murderers seem to have the same make-up. They are smart, angry, narcissistic sociopaths with a death wish. They want to take out as many people as possible before they die themselves, in order to cement their names in history. Why in the hell would we want to help them achieve their nefarious goals?
A mass shooter in a public place is a classic proverbial fish in a barrel scenario: Megan McArdle is suggesting that we should not only fill the barrel with more fish, we should also move the barrel closer to the shooter.