National Review Writer: Newtown Caused by Not Enough Manly Men

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The leading intellectuals of the conservative movement are continuing their efforts to blame the Newtown massacre on absolutely everything except guns, and today at the National Review we have yet another amazingly ludicrous article. According to Charlotte Allen, this atrocity could have been avoided if only there were some manly men on the premises.

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.

The sick irony of this right wing fantasy is that the Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle used by Adam Lanza to slaughter all those children has been advertised for years as a masculinity-enhancing weapon that gives the shooter a magical “man card.”

And just to cap off this absurd argument, Ms Allen is not just crazy, she’s also factually wrong. There was, in fact, a male janitor at the school when the shootings happened. But instead of “heaving his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees,” he was running through the school halls making sure classroom doors were locked and warning students to flee.

I guess Charlotte Allen would consider this a “feminized” response.

These people are simply not right in the head.

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