Charlotte Allen continues her lonely quest to make us realize the Newtown shooting would never have happened if there had been more men at the school, because
penises stop bullets men are stronger and thus better able to take down a shooter except in every other mass shooting when there were plenty of men around and they stopped nothing. In the new post, Allen reprises her essentialist riffs (“Women are less aggressive by instinct, and they are typically trained to be nice”), but her improv solo toward the end is truly out there:
I am also responding to David Weigel, who told me I gotten my facts wrong: that there are actually two men, a custodian and a fourth-grade teacher, on Sandy Hook’s 52-person staff. He’s right, and I stand corrected. This does help prove my point, though: just two adult men in a building containing 500 people — and it’s not clear that both of them were at work that day.
So it’s not even enough that more men need to be employed by the school, but a certain percentage of the male staff must be present every single day. I would love to hear Charlotte Allen detail the implementation of this policy without using the word “quota,” or without contradicting any of the countless pieces the National Review has published on the supposedly odious idea of gender diversity in schools or the workplace being mandated from above. Also, it’s amazing the things gun rights advocates think should be controlled by the government, given that their precious Second Amendment is ostensibly rooted in an anti-government framework. Wayne LaPierre thinks Congress should nitpick elementary school hiring policy and censor video games. But a limit on magazine size is tyranny?
This, meanwhile, is just sad:
Another depressing page on the Sandy Hook website is the “Safe Schools Climate” page. It’s a page of links to “anti-bullying” resources. Yes, the Sandy Hook staff’s idea of a “safe school” was a school where kids didn’t say mean things about each other on Facebook!
Given the role bullying has played in previous mass shootings—the Columbine shooters didn’t kill thirteen of their classmates for being nice to them—that Allen doesn’t see the connection between tamping down on bullying and safety in the school is inexplicable.