National Review: Give Your Kids Boundaries, Like ‘No, You May Not Shoot Up A School’

  if anything it just makes too much sense

Where are you tonight, O sweet Jesus?Oh, everybody was sooooo outraged when Megan McArdle took to the pixels of the Daily Beast to suggest that since only banning all guns would be effective in stopping gun violence, and we can’t ban all guns, we should train our children to “gang-rush” men who are shooting at them with semi-automatic weapons, “Let’s roll!”-styley. Everyone screamed and moaned about how Megan McArdle is the worst, stupidest person in the whole darn land, and no one could ever be stupider. But surely you knew National Review Online — and specifically Charlotte Allen — had yet to weigh in?

First Allen — of the Independent Women’s Forum, a delightful congregation of old bats who like to call up political offices and scream about homos — said a bunch of nonsense about how elementary schools have become feminized places because there were no male teachers at Sandy Hook. (That people on the right are suspicious of any man who wants to teach children, as he is doubtless a queer, is now forgotten.) She says a bunch of factually false things — that it was a K-6 school, so some of the “huskier” 12-year-old boys should have banded together to take Adam Lanza out (it was K-4), that there wasn’t a single male on the campus, not even a janitor to throw a trash can lid at Adam Lanza (there was a janitor, and he was a he), and laughable garbage nonsense like that.

She gives brief praise — it is probably not actually praise though, since the principal acted in an unfeminine way — to the principal and the teachers.

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, clucks Allen, it’s a feminized setting! Whatever, that is not even the stupid part, it is just boilerplate “Independent” Women’s Forum, which is like Phyllis Schlafly’s dumber, uglier cousin. That “feminized” part is practically Charlotte Allen transcribing the bylaws.

 
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No, the stupid part is the end:

Parents of sick children need to be realistic about them. I know at least two sets of fine and devoted parents who have had the misfortune to raise sons who were troubled for genetic reasons beyond anyone’s control. Either of those boys could have been an Adam Lanza. You simply can’t give a non-working, non-school-enrolled 20-year-old man free range of your home, much less your cache of weapons. You have to set boundaries. You have to say, “You can’t live here anymore — you’re an adult, and it’s time for you to be a man. We’ll give you all the support you need, but we won’t be enablers.” Unfortunately, the idea of being an “adult” and a “man” once one has reached physical maturity seems to have faded out of our coddling culture.

Got a sick kid? Set boundaries. Tell him NO, YOU MAY NOT SHOOT UP A SCHOOL. Is your child mentally ill? Make him a man by calling the U-Haul for him! Stop coddling your mentally ill child by giving him a “home” and “food.” Give him all the “support” he needs in other, unnamed ways that aren’t homes and food, because homes and food are “coddling.”

That Allen actually begins that graf by thinking of two families she knows with kids who are “troubled” for genetic reasons — i.e., schizophrenia or the like — and then lovingly explains that they will be just fine once they are out on their own, is, sadly, about what you could expect from NRO today. Although it’s not a perfect NRO piece if the shooter’s not black.

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240 comments

      1. EatsBabyDingos

        And they all sang their favorite Yuletide carol "One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster." Well, it looked like Marcus spit an oyster, anyway.

    1. asterixaverni

      'Cuz Jesus lived with his Mama until he was 30. Then he went on a rampage in the temple, pissed off a lot rabbis and romans and got damn fool self killed.

      1. thatsitfortheother1

        I tried to warn the boy. Doncha go down there fvckin with them Jews without no money!

        –Richard Pryor

    2. bikerlaureate

      Cannot fail, can only be failed, etc.

      Also, people voting for the Christian in the White House instead of the cult member really honked Him off.

  1. Barbara_

    As a parent of two daughters who were constantly sitting before me as I rubbed peanut butter in their hair to get the chewing gum out, don't give guns to children, please.

      1. noodlesalad

        No coincidence that one of the safest countries in the world is Singapore, which has both gun and gum control.

  2. noodlesalad

    As the NRO reminds us regularly, editors of sick writers also need to set boundaries. "No, you may no insinuate that the actions of Principal Hochsprung were anything less than the heroic deeds of an educator trying to save her students. And no, you may not suggest that parents stop taking care of their troubled children. Put down the laptop and leave."

    1. Pithaughn

      Any time I saw some parents loading their adult aged child into a wheel chair van, said wheel chair one of those elaborate motorized jobs with the sheep skin and able to articulate such that the person can be prone for awhile; I would say to my son, " before you drop trou and get nasty with your hotty you better be prepared to be that parent sonny". I am pretty sure he has never had intercourse yet out of fear. Of course now that I want some grand kids I partially regret this child rearing tactic.

    2. Wile E. Quixote

      As the NRO reminds us regularly, editors of sick writers also need to set boundaries.

      And they do. I mean after publishing sexist, racist and just plain idiotic drivel for over a decade Rich Lowry said "No, you may not publish racist screeds in other magazines" to John Derbyshire and sent him out on his own. If that's not setting boundaries then I don't know what is.

  3. Lot_49

    Yup, Adam Lanza would've responded positively to being kicked out of his house by his mother, that's for sure.

    My elementary school (K-8) was a highly feminized setting, practically a beauty parlor, with only one male teacher and some scary old janitors in the boiler room. However, my third grade teacher, Mrs L____, could have dropped a potential shooter in his tracks with one glare from her steely blue eyes. You did not want to show up Monday morning without having completed your arithmetic homework.

    1. MaxUdargo

      Almost all of my K-4 teachers, back in the 70s, were women. Maybe all of them were. Isn't that normal? Isn't that "traditional?"

      And I guess those teachers were "feminizing" me, because I distinctly remember that I was always being discouraged from fighting or being confrontational or throwing temper tantrums. K-4 was all about learning to share and being nice and learning conflict resolution techniques that didn't involve hitting or biting or somebody's face turning bright red or bawling your eyes out.

      Back then, I think they called it "learning how to behave like an adult." Today, apparently, this traditional but antiquated method is to be known as "feminizing."

      Well, it is a different world we live in. America used to need adults, now we need Rambos. Times have changed.

  4. FakaktaSouth

    The idea of willy-nilly setting people out in to the world to be as crazy as they are just sounds like Alabama to me. Trust me lady, it's a bad idea.

    1. fatbob54

      Ronald Reagan tried that back in the good old days. That's why we wound up with so many homeless people freezing to death in the streets of Washington in the 80s. It's better now though, they either became men, or they died.

    2. mrpuma2u

      Yup, sending schizophrenic 20 somethings out into world sounds like an AWESOME idea. WTF are these morons thinking?

  5. Goonemeritus

    I will be explaining to my two sons that mass murder is wrong this very night. Thanks for the parenting tip National Review.

    1. MegPasadena

      What a nice set of parents! First threw their sick child out on the street for decades, then when he got beaten to death by the police, received 1 million dollars from the city. Very pragmatic.

    2. commiegirl99

      I totally — TOTALLY — object to blaming the parents for Kelly Thomas's death. He was beaten to death by a cop, not his dad.

    3. commiegirl99

      Then parents are to blame for every homeless person on teh streets of America. Again, I strenuously object to this.

      1. Chow Yun Flat

        You are right–after reading into the story it was clear that Kelly's parents did everything they could think of to help him–he was just too sick to get well. The cops who beat him to death are disgusting individuals who should be punished.

        Sorry about that.

  6. HRH_Maddie

    Jesus, these people love their "bootstrap" theory. Go live on your own and your mental illness will get better. Guess what percentage of the homeless are mentally ill and getting sicker with no treatment?

      1. bikerlaureate

        Self-absorbed.

        The stupidity here is displayed by those who wasted electrons making her hateful words available for all to see…

  7. actor212

    I know at least two sets of fine and devoted parents who have had the misfortune to raise sons who were troubled for genetic reasons beyond anyone’s control.

    And I know a couple…let's call them the "Allens"…who raised a fucking idiotic megacephalic retard for a daughter who should have staked her out for the vultures like they did in ancient Rome.

    ….erm, with votes, of course.

    1. bikerlaureate

      Just another naked view of the godless commie-eugenicist lack of value for human life. (Not the parents' lives, naturally)

  8. slithytoves

    If feminized passivity is what those courageous women are guilty of, then we should all aspire to such a sin.

    1. fatbob54

      Yeah. Maybe if right wing rags promoted "Feminized Passivity" as a solution to our country's problem then there wouldn't be so many people dying of bullets in their bodies.

  9. TootsStansbury

    Are these yahoos just trying ro out stupid each other? Is it some sort of sick joke they're playing?

  10. stefanbc

    If the inexplicable rise of Jonah Goldberg into mainstream respectability is any sign, expect Mrs. Allen to replace David Brooks on Meet the Press in a few years as there new moderate conservative.

  11. BadKitty904

    Growing up in a town that has accurately been described as "Our Nation's Oldest Insane Asylum," I can say that, obviously, some folks can't help being crazy.

    But *WE* sure as hell can help make sure they don't have access to guns.

  12. Baconzgood

    A lot of mentally ill people that don't have parents to "coddle" them ARE FUCKING HOMELESS YOU DUMB CUNT FUCK BITCH SHIT FOR BRAINS!!!!!

    1. chicken_thief

      Nuns were scary. They'd wear the same 18 layers of clothes regardless of the temperature. And they never sweat. It was freakish, I tell ya.

      1. thatsitfortheother1

        And they represent the only percentage of the eath's population that ever pulled me up out of my seat by an ear.

      1. BigSkullF*ckingDog

        Yeah, and I suppose your going to tell me that Walter White doesn't really make the best meth ever.

  13. Mumbletypeg

    Becca why are you making me re-live conversational drivel with my parents all over again; I am still recovering from Thanksgiving. *twitch* *flinch* *lays head on desk*

  14. Loch_Nessosaur

    “You can’t live here anymore —

    That's right, go all Ronald Reagan on them and throw them out on to the streets where they can't do any damage. Works for me.

    1. ttommyunger

      Went to my third party of the season tonight. In this neck of the woods you can't swing a cat without hitting four or five wing-nuts. They blamed Carter for throwing the mentally ill into the streets (bemoaning the school shootings and blaming everything except gun proliferation) and I was so taken aback I couldn't counter them. Naturally, I left early.

  15. chicken_thief

    This woman is a fucking loon. How can we reap the rewards of having our young'uns working the mops and brooms in the school if we boot them out of the house?!

    STFU, lady and leave the serious thinking to folks like Newt. Now go make me a sammich.

  16. BaldarTFlagass

    "I know at least two sets of fine and devoted parents who have had the misfortune to raise sons who were troubled for genetic reasons beyond anyone’s control."

    If there was only some way of taking those genetically-troubled children and doing something that would prevent them from reproducing or otherwise troubling our society. Hey, wait a minute. This calls for a "you know who else…?"

  17. poorgradstudent

    I don't know what you're making fun of here. I know I'd rather have mentally ill young adults who are forced to fend for themselves with no safety net from their families or government than have them lazily playing "Mass Effect 3" all day.

  18. Negropolis

    that there wasn’t a single male on the campus, not even a janitor to throw a trash can lid at Adam Lanza

    If any of those two photos they keep circulating of Lanza are recent, a swift wind could have knocked him over, which doesn't matter because he had a fucking gun. The stupid, it burns.

    1. fatbob54

      The trick, obviously, is to use the trash can lid like a shield until his clip runs out. Then you throw it like a frisbee and take his head off. Then you utter a witty catch phrase that makes all the living kids laugh and forget that their not so lucky friends are bleeding life out of the bullet holes in their bodies. That's how it works in right wing fantasy land. In the reality based community, not so much…

  19. BaldarTFlagass

    "You simply can’t give a non-working, non-school-enrolled 20-year-old man free range of your home"

    I think locking them in the basement or attic is an ineffective solution, at least in the movies I have seen.

      1. bikerlaureate

        Just toss a bag of weed in there periodically, and close the door quickly.

        Or maybe I'm oversharing again…

  20. deanbooth

    It's like a debate club in which you're assigned the position against the need for drivers licenses. You just gotta make up shit to create something that resembles an argument. This is the general fate of right wing writers.

    1. fatbob54

      Driver's licenses are an unwarranted governmental intrusion into our lives. The founding fathers said nothing about driver's licenses. You can have my car when you pry my cold dead fingers off the steering wheel. Sorry I ignored that red light by the way, I don't like commie colors.

  21. poorgradstudent

    Also it's times like these that I wish I had my PhD and could offer up an "authoritative" quote for articles like these. Something like "Having dozens of young men who have no place in society and no economic security has always worked out great for everybody, all throughout history. Really!"

    1. BadKitty904

      If their kids are disabled, isn't it *their* "personal responsibility" (as well as their Christian duty) to care for them, rather than throwing them out on the street and expecting the rest of us taxpayers to support them?

    2. BaldarTFlagass

      "dozens of young men who have no place in society and no economic security"

      Perhaps they could all go back to school and work on their master's or PhD's!!

  22. joshleefolsom

    The NRO commenters are hammering her pretty good, so thankfully I don't need to register an account and jump on the pig pile.

  23. Estproph

    Why do I get the feeling that, on some level, they see the kids getting shot as some kind of "tough love"?

  24. Botlrokit

    Sounds great, lady. Adam Lanza is patiently waiting for you to tell him his lesson, right now. And about two hundred other shuffling, shifting, nervous, repressed, awkward and armed people. Come on, lady! Stop typing your next batch of stupid and get to work!!

    1. MegPasadena

      Yeah, I guess all my man friends who are scared of their nun teachers are just pussies.

      Ms. Allen just really hates to be a woman herself so she has to bash all the women.

  25. BaldarTFlagass

    What's all this "feminized setting" bullshit? Didn't these people ever see "The Wicker Man" or "Harvest Home?" Bitches bein' scary and badass.

    1. BadKitty904

      From what I've been told, a bullet will kill a male just as fast as it'll kill a female.

      Gender doesn't enter into this equation…

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Wrong! During a legitimate shooting, the male body has ways to try to shut that whole bullet thing down."

  26. Lot_49

    You know what would really be a sad thing? If the only outcome of this tragedy is that the feds shovel a lot of money towards schools to turn them into bunkers. Everybody loves federal construction pork, for the jerbs.

    Oh, and maybe put some stickers on first-person-shooter video games.

  27. smashedinhat

    I line the litter box with Megan McArdle. Come to think of it I wrap fish guts with Megan McArdle and wipe gross dog related items off the floor with Megan McArdle. Fortunately there seems to be an endless and not missed supply of Megan McArdle.

  28. Tommy1733

    Still can't think of anything to say about this tragedy, but this continuous barrage of appalling insensitivity from the Wrong Wing (let's just be honest here) is not making this any easier.

  29. malsperanza

    "She … lunged at Lanza, before he shot her to death."

    See that? We need more of that. If only the kids had also lunged at him, and the huge male janitor* had lunged at him, then they could all have died in a hail of automatic gunfire, which would have been much less passive and more masculine.

    The problem with America today is that surviving an attack by a maniac wielding the automatic weapons that are freely for sale everywhere requires absolute passivity, hiding, begging, and hiding we have become weakened by feminism to the point where we no longer know how to stand our ground. If this keeps up, China is gonna eat our lunch.

    Unless we eat our own lunch first.

    *presumably a buck negro

  30. Barrelhse

    This could have been quite a country if the buffoons on the right hadn't insisted on dragging us back to 1620.

  31. Dudleydidwrong

    I read this on one of those "social networky" thingies. It is a real joy to see into the hearts of the good Christians of this nation: (If someone posted this before, I humbly apologize; I just saw it this morning.)

    twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
    when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
    their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
    they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
    they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
    they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.

    "where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
    "this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
    when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
    but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
    He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
    then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
    and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
    those children all flew into the arms of their King
    and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
    one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
    and as if He could read all the questions she had
    He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."

    then He looked down on earth, the world far below
    He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
    then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
    "Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
    "may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
    "I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
    then He and the children stood up without a sound.
    "come now my children, let me show you around."
    excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
    all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
    and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
    "in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

    GAAAAAAAAAA!

    1. Chet Kincaid_

      and as if He could read all the questions she had
      He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."

      Am I to understand this as a threat to go down and massacre all their parents as well?

    2. Rebootably_Joe

      Wait, so praying to Jeebus in school would have given them a magic force field that would have protected them from bullets? I wonder how that works. Entropic Shield? Wind Wall? Some sort of domain spell?

      1. bikerlaureate

        I wish He'd become this resolute after the poor Amish kids were murdered. One hopes there wasn't a firm threshold – the quantity of victims – that was the difference this time.

      2. fatbob54

        Maybe its one of those "the body has a way of shutting down mass shootings if they're not legitimate" shields.

        (my apologies to everyone if this thought has been posted already on this or another thread.)

  32. mrblifil

    Plus she imagines a heroic male janitor with his bucket, never mentioning that an ACTUAL male janitor was on the scene, running all over the goddamn school putting his life at risk to tell teachers to lock their doors and hide their kids. In this way the tragedy was significantly lessened, not that that's any comfort really. I would like to shoot Charlotte Allen in the face with my cock full of votes.

    1. BadKitty904

      These people seem to miss the point.

      Janitors shouldn't HAVE to risk their lives "running all over the goddamn school putting his life at risk to tell teachers to lock their doors and hide their kids." Nor should teachers HAVE to bear arms to protect their tiny students.

      1. MegPasadena

        For the right wingers, little people like teachers and janitors should be paid very little, be demonized, and be expected to sacrify their own lives if necessary.
        But the important job creators shouldn't even be asked to pay their fair share of taxes.

    1. James Michael Curley

      Bad timing. The guy who will get the nod in June, 2014 will be the guy Lautenberg is standing next to when he announces his candidacy.

    2. BaldarTFlagass

      Well, given the S Carolina appointment, we do need a shaved-head black guy on our side of the aisle to maintain the balance of power.

  33. randcoolcatdaddy

    Translation: "Why are you annoying me with your problems? Go help yourself and get away from me. I have more important things to think about, like me."

  34. Ruhe

    Interesting perspective this morning on MSNBC from Andrea Mitchell who noted that after Bobby Kennedy was killed LBJ got everyone in the Oval Office and told them they had about two weeks to get some sort of gun control legislation written, passed and on his desk before the NRA would be fully mobilized to prevent any such change. All the stupid commentary, from this lady's nonsense to Huckabee's tacit claim that God let's this stuff happen because we don't let God into our schools…it's all just part of the wave of distraction that's already rolling. By the time the NRA actually gets involved later today the tide will already be turning. I'd bet real money that any new assault weapon law that gets passed will apply only to sales of new weapons and won't straight outlaw the possession of this class of rifles. I'll need to see the NRA actually lose one before I'll bet against them.

    1. BadKitty904

      "wave of distraction" is EXACTLY the correct phrase. The NRA is fully aware that the longer they can prevent any action being taken on this horror, the better the chance of it being forgotten.

  35. chicken_thief

    Maybe we should just give all the kids PCP, also too. Cause I saw a movie once where a guy on PCP got shot like, 20 times and he just coming at the would be killer, took the gun away and pistol whipped the sumbitch with the thing. I mean, I think it would work for 6 yr olds too.

  36. DahBoner

    " Romney's White House transition team spent $8.9 million in taxpayer money — including $2.5 million on office space, $740 million on furniture, and $5.6 million on computer equipment and cellphones"

    KING LOUIE XV APPROVES YUR UNECESSARY FURNITURE EXPENSES

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      "After being sold at Big Lots, the Romney Transition Team turned back $141.53 to the US Treasury in full payment for the unneeded items."

  37. BaldarTFlagass

    "Unfortunately, the idea of being an “adult” and a “man” once one has reached physical maturity seems to have faded out of our coddling culture."

    No shit, we should kick those kids out of the house when they turn 13 or 14, and they can marry their girlfriend and have a bunch of kids and fucking fend for themselves, just like back in the days before we had this coddling culture.

  38. StillGoinGreen

    "Daddy, can I shoot up Liberty Elementary School?"

    "No! And finish your green beans."

    Problem solved. World safe. Next problem.

  39. Rebootably_Joe

    BUT WAIT: If we had taken Newt Gingrich's advice, then all the janitors would have actually just been the poorer kids at the school. Which, some of them might have been "huskier", but on the other hand, we ALSO know that The Poors are shiftless and lazy and lacking moral character, so good fucking luck getting that to happen, without any Obama Gifts.

  40. weejee

    Well she didn't try to hang the Sandy Hook tragedy on Rachel Maddow nor on Eleanor Roosevelt, so there is that on the up-side. Not much else howsomever.

  41. Radiotherapy

    Have they discussed putting body armor on everybody yet? Sure it wouldn't stop head shots, or armor piercing bullets, or baseball bats, but if it saved one kid's life, wouldn't it be worth it?

  42. Mahousu

    Wait, I'm confused. Sure, denying food and shelter is fine, but how are you giving your child "all the support you need" if at the same time you're not giving him any guns? Isn't it part of our freedoms to be fully armed at all times? Why does Charlotte Allen hate our children?

  43. Pithaughn

    Old Pith had to help a gun store yesterday after their "IT guy" broke DNS and so OMG!! no background checks!!
    Among the truly jaw dropping moments, some Grand parents brought their 5 yr old grand child with them so that she could pick out a pistol for her mom. They settled on a nice pink and white one. And 3 boxes of ammo.
    One more you say? Well they had already sold out all AR-15 right handed assault rifles, so one customer was visibly shaken that he would have to wait a few days to get his 4th AR-15. Seems he has one right handed and two left handed and NEEDS another right handed one. I guess he thinks having 4 AR-15s is the minimum requirement to fight off the government agents that will soon be coming for the guns. I'm not sure these people understand what a hellfire missile from a predator drone will do to the average white trash double wide. Pretty sure hand held firearms are impotent when your adversary is flying 400 miles per hour at 50,000 feet. Take solace my fellow peace niks though, at least they can't buy one of those nasty Gatling guns they put in the nose of an A10 Warthog, yet.

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      "Take solace my fellow peace niks though, at least they can't buy one of those nasty Gatling guns they put in the nose of an A10 Warthog, yet."

      Oh?
      http://www.gatlingguns.net/

      I know that this isn't the new type in the A10, but it'll do until the NRA gets that one approved for ownership and use as a "hunting weapon."

  44. Wilcoxyz

    We could masculinize the schools by not educating girls or hiring women to teach. Plus that's so traditional and bible-y.

  45. Chet Kincaid_

    Don't unload on me with your automatic comments thinking these are rhetorical questions, because they aren't: how exactly should gun laws be changed so that Lanza's mother did not own the guns he had access to? Outright ban, or what? Should we prohibit gun ownership for people who have others with mental problems in their households?

    1. bikerlaureate

      Fingerprint-activated tr133er locks… that somehow don't work under duress.

      So far I got nuthin' else.

    2. not that Dewey

      Haha — "unload", "automatic"

      1. Japanese-style gun laws.

      2. "Gun insurance" policies, like car insurance liability policies, which take into account her dependents. Just as anyone in a household with potential access to the car can drive up the insurance rates for the primary driver, and although gun insurance may not be prohibitive to crazed shooters, the liability of a mentally-ill dependent may have placed gun insurance out of reach of the mother. Insurance companies are bastards with respect to digging around in people's trash.

      3. Strict monitoring and reporting of guns and ammo, like for prescription pharmaceuticals.

      These are just pulled out of my butt. Other nations, and other industries within this nation, have done a lot of the heavy lifting already.

        1. not that Dewey

          We must break the big problem up into small problems, and solve the small problems. It's gonna require a continuum of solutions.

    3. Dudleydidwrong

      Let's start somewhere:
      1) Registration–all firearms must be registered (national database accessible by local authorities);
      2) Taxation–weapons, clips, and ammunition to be federally taxed.

      That would not have prevented Lanza's mother from possessing the weapons but might have made her think twice before purchasing her small arsenal, and might have given the local authorities some awareness of what was in their community.

  46. DocChaos

    National Review was once once considered the preeminent journal of conservative thought before they started hiring women as writers and editors. Just sayin'.

  47. SayItWithWookies

    So the pro-family National Review now says that if you have to choose between your guns and your family, choose your guns? What are moms supposed to do for their emotionally troubled young boys then — oh yeah — buy them a magazine and make them the editor, of course.

  48. Steverino247

    I'm tired of these celebrity endorsements for the arms industry. Ann Coulter writes about concealed carry, but declines to mention she's paid to do that. The cover taken by the likes of Coulter when her advice is taken–and things go horribly wrong–is that "I'm just an entertainer." Well, when another entertainer such as Martin Sheen comes out against something, he gets bashed for being just an entertainer. The media facilitates this bullshit, so that's where I'd start.

    All persons asked to present opinions on the media will be required by law to state their paid interest, or the appearance of paid interest, before being put on the air.

    There's got to be a connection between what the arms industry wants and the "entertainers" spouting opinions to deflect responsibility from that industry.

    Also, the government and academia need to do a better job of explaining reality. You guys can't sit in your ivory towers any longer. You need to get out there and bash widely held (bullshit) beliefs. NASA's work on bashing 2012 hysteria is a good start.

  49. HarryButtle

    My daughter's in 6th grade, she's 11. There isn't a single boy in her entire class big enough to give me even the slightest bit of trouble, and I'm a small unarmed man. This is fucking lunacy.

  50. Edith_Prickly

    These people. Like any of them would do something other than crawl under the desk and pee their pants or bowl children and old people out of the way George Costanza-style if a gunman invaded their workplaces.

  51. Severen13

    I'll take "Blame Everyone Except The Person Actually Who Is Actually Responsible For The Tragedy" for $500.00, Alex.

  52. MegPasadena

    According to Ms Allen,
    - having illness out of anybody's control is a misfortune only for the parents.
    - let the sick child take the full responsibility for such uncontrollable trouble.
    - in order to stop the said child from getting to the guns, instead of getting rid of the guns, just throw the kid, who couldn't function in the society on his own, out of the house and starve him.
    What a model mother for our great nation.

  53. sullivanst

    That's a nasty stomach virus Ms. Allen appears to have, given the copious quantities of excrement and vomitus she just produced.

  54. Callyson

    You have to say, “You can’t live here anymore — you’re an adult, and it’s time for you to be a man.

    So, the answer is to make the kid homeless? Oh yeah, that makes a ton of sense…

    1. redarmyzombie

      I'm just sayin, if *I* had dipshit parents that pulled that on me, I'd totally break in their house and steal all their crap.

  55. shelwood46

    Yeah, that principal "seemed" heroic, but a husky 12-year-old would have done a better job. (What a deluded asshole.)

  56. Wile E. Quixote

    “You can’t live here anymore — you’re an adult, and it’s time for you to be a man. We’ll give you all the support you need, but we won’t be enablers.” Unfortunately, the idea of being an “adult” and a “man” once one has reached physical maturity seems to have faded out of our coddling culture.

    This is especially rich coming from a magazine that employs mommy's boy Jonah Goldberg, who was the basis for the character of Buster Bluth in Arrested Development.

  57. ttommyunger

    "…that there wasn’t a single male on the campus, not even a janitor to throw a trash can lid at Adam Lanza." Trash can lids, yeah, that's the ticket, yeah!

  58. lulzmonger

    Man oh man … poor widdle NRO's reality-repellant can needs a refill: the benighted twunt Ms. Allen has been getting full cold pimpslapped in those comments so raw she's gonna need a truss.

    Couldn't happen to a nicer Anti-Sex League 2.0 freak.

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