Is Body Armor for Kids on Your Christmas Shopping List?

This is why I am truly an alien to this world.

I just just don’t how people sometimes think. The tragic shooting at the Newtown, CT school really breaks my heart. Twenty children and seven adults killed by a deranged man with a semi-automatic weapon. The natural reaction for people is shock and horror, followed by questions. How did this happen? Why did he do it?

And most importantly, how can prevent something like this from happening again? Some people, are saying we need better gun laws to keep these weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals. Others, suggest better mental health services might have prevented this tragedy. Still others, like Texas Congressman and village idiot Louis Gohmert, thinks giving teachers M-4s is the solution.

Then there’s Megan McArdle, who wrote on The Daily Beast:

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.

Yes, she actually suggested that this shooting could have been stopped if a classroom full of 5-6 years olds gang rushed an adult man with a semi-automatic weapon. Even if a few kindergarten students didn’t panic, how could they disarm him. According to reports, the school’s principal, did try to rush the gunman and paid for it with her life.

And that’s not even the dumbest suggestion I’ve seen. That prize goes to Charlotte Brown at the National Review, who blamed the shooting on the fact that there weren’t enough men at the school. Maybe she’s seen too many 80s action movies, but in reality, men aren’t any more bullet proof than women.

Which brings to this story on Fox:

Child-sized body armor and bullet-proof backpacks are flying off the shelves.

So, the takeaway from this is: Let’s not try to prevent such tragedies. The National Review even suggested that such massacres are just the price we pay for the Second Amendment. Instead of trying to find some solution so that madmen aren’t charging into schools, movie theaters, or shopping malls and opening fire on children, let’s just put our kids in body armor and teach them how to pull down a 200-lb man while being shot at.

Because anything else isn’t freedom. Or something.

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