National Review Author Blames Shooting on Sandy Hook Elementary School Being Too Girly

Antifeminist asshole and verbal diarrhea sufferer Charlotte Allen blames the Newtown shooting on the “feminized setting” at Sandy Hook Elementary, which encouraged “helpless passivity” and stomped on the testosterone-infused testicles of what could have been a normal more masculine elementary school.

It was probably all those super-gay potpourri sachets that teachers stashed in students’ cubby holes. If only there had been more manly men and fewer scented candles at the school, this shit never would have happened.

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.

Yes, what Sandy Hook Elementary School needed was some ex-high school football stars for teachers, and husky twelve year olds to step up and heave some goddamn buckets. Women with their lady muscles couldn’t possibly be expected to heave any buckets — or do anything besides stand around clutching their pearls and generally being useless. Never mind that Dawn Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach rushed the shooter before being killed. Forget about Victoria Soto who was shot after she lied and told the shooter that her students were in the gym. Forget about Kaitlin Roig and Abbey Clements who hid their students from the madman.

Husky twelve-year-olds and high school football has-beens is what the situation needed.

Also? Male aggression. Lots of male aggression. Elementary school ain’t for pussies, you know. Shit could get real at any moment, and you have to be prepared, son.

Hell, at the beginning of each school day, all kids should ask themselves, “Do you feel lucky, punk?” And if they don’t feel lucky — if they don’t feel masculine rage coursing through their veins, threatening to drown any sense of logic and reason in favor of impromptu ass-beatings — then maybe they should be home-schooled. Wusses.

Kerrrist.

What an asshole.

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[cross-posted at ABLC]

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115 replies
  1. 1
    gogol's wife says:

    Vomit, vomit, vomit. These people are just making me infuriated!

  2. 2
    kathy a. says:

    wtf IS it with people saying some of the students should have rushed this crazy dude with a gun?

    besides, there were reports that the janitor DID run around warning classrooms, acting as a hero. if the janitor wasn’t a dude, that does not change the hero status.

  3. 3
    EconWatcher says:

    If I understand correctly, at least one and maybe several of the teachers died while using their bodies as shields to protect the children. Helpless passivity? That is a despicable libel on heroes who can’t speak for themselves.

    And by the way, on this whole idea of arming teachers: Does that mean that gentle souls, who love children and love teaching, but don’t want to have anything to do with guns, will be considered unqualified to be elementary school teachers?

  4. 4
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Wow. Sometimes you think you’ve heard it all and then you hear something even more ridiculous.

    So, each school needs male hunks roaming around to protect the women and children from gunmen. I guess to Rightwingers that makes more sense than any form of gun control.

  5. 5
    BGinCHI says:

    Jesus Christ. Unbelievable.

    Although I might agree that more men should be elementary teachers and more women should be politicians, military leaders, and business leaders. That might help.

  6. 6
    Teresa says:

    I bet you all didn’t know that bullets bounce of dicks and testicles.

    If Sandy Hook had one, just one great big statue of a huge dick with hairy balls, the shooter would have ran home crying instead.

  7. 7
    gbear says:

    When I was in elementary school in the early 60’s, there was nothing so scary as having to go see the school principal, Miss Garrity. Even her name struck terror. We had exactly one male teacher in the school until I got to fifth grade and was in the class of the second male teacher. I can definitely say that mass shootings in the school were not reduced by the addition of a second male teacher.

    The only shooting that ever affected the school was the assassination of President Kennedy.

  8. 8
    trollhattan says:

    Daughter unit is now in 5th grade. Lemme see, including preschool, where all her teachers were women, from kindergarten through this year–all her teachers have been women.

    So yep, doomed.

    Screw these wingnuts until their threads are stripped. Daughter-unit’s school was under their desks during an “active shooter” lockdown last May, because there was one on the lam in the neighborhood following a hundred-mile car chase. Somebody tell me how it made any difference what gender her teacher was, that day.

  9. 9
    The Other Chuck says:

    What the fuck is wrong with a country that gives people like Charlotte Allen any employment whatsoever?

    I swear, she’s making a great argument for banning guns, because if I were a parent of a child at that school and she said that to my face, it would be the last thing she said.

  10. 10
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    So, she devotes basically paragraph to talking about the heroic things that the actual women there actually did, but then decides, for whatever reason “But forget about all that, women are still weak and stupid and need male protectors.” Just…what? Aren’t these NR people supposed to be intellectuals? They can’t even keep their own damn arguments straight over the course of a few sentences.

    All these right-wing women who talk about how women are inherently weaker and dumber than men-are they just assuming they’ll get a free pass once their beloved super-patriarchy actually comes to power? Have none of them read The Handmaid’s Tale? It’s baffling, simply baffling.

  11. 11
    JPL says:

    @gbear: I went to a Catholic School. I don’t know what the nuns were packing under their outfit but I sure didn’t want to find out.

  12. 12
    Scott S. says:

    God, keep it up, wingnuts. Surely, your new “FUCKIN WHINY GIRL BABIES CAN’T STOP MASSACRES, FUCK EM ALL” strategy is a guaranteed vote-winner. After all, Americans just hate kids!

  13. 13
    Lahru says:

    I have read some very stupid and foolish thing in these innertubes, BUT!

    That right there is the “DUMBEST” thing I have ever read. This woman deserves some award for stupidity, a kind of “stupid” Oscar.

  14. 14
    JCT says:

    Wow, and Phyllis Schlafly used to infuriate me — talk about turning it up to 11. What a despicable person. I’m afraid to look at the comments — probably filled with agreement because this all fits into the “loss of God” narrative. Once again, always the woman’s fault.

  15. 15
    General Stuck says:

    Well, maybe Superman could have done something, unless Lanza was carrying some kryptonite, otherwise, bullets pass through man flesh just like woman flesh. And even if Superman was somewhere else, he could have flown around the earth counter clockwise a few times, and turned back time.

    A trained and armed security person nearby could have theoretically, at least slowed the shooter down some till the cops got there. A lot of high schools have those these days, but not grade schools.

    That was a giant shark jumped in this latest American episode of blood lust, even for this homicidal country. And I do hope it is a one off, as there seems to be some connection between the shooter, his mom, her committing him to a hospital, and her volunteer work there.

  16. 16
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    It’s got to be something like that; it can’t possibly be a society flooded with loosely controlled, clip-fed semiautomatic weapons and more small arms ammunition than was expended in WWII.

  17. 17
    shortstop says:

    @trollhattan:

    Screw these wingnuts until their threads are stripped.

    Stealing this PRONTO.

    I notice that the culture of mass shooters is highly testosteroned. I can only think of one female-led massacre via gun. Perhaps we could consider that point before we once again blame women for not being sufficiently like men.

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    @Lahru:

    Ha Ha looks like Weigel agrees with you

    Surely “12-year old husky boys” was the moment we reached peak derp. We can derp no derpier.

  19. 19
    gene108 says:

    Why don’t we just go ahead with “an armed society is a polite society” belief and get it over with.

    I’d replace Stand Your Ground laws with the Shoot First Doctrine. You are within your rights to shoot first, if you feel threatened by someone, since everyone will be armed and able to defend themselves.

    If you get shot it is your own damn fault for not shooting first.

  20. 20
    Suffern ACE says:

    Yep. The obvious solution to this tragedy is to make certain that the administration of schools is done by men. That is clearly the take away. I suppose it’s o.k. to let women still be teachers, if they are properly supervised by male principals, who should be armed. For safety, mind you.

    We become more and more like Pakistan every day.

  21. 21
    schrodinger's cat says:

    @JPL: Same here, Sr Lucia was a terror if there ever was one. Being called to her office was the scariest thing ever.

  22. 22
    Cargo says:

    Any male with an interest in teaching below the high school level is regarded as a would-be pedophile, so it’s not surprising there aren’t a lot of adult males in a given elementary school.

  23. 23
    Lavocat says:

    The whole right-wing schtick basically boils down to a tried and true cliche of old, which is common knowledge amongst most toddlers: ANY attention is good attention, everything else be damned.

    Or, rather, the squeaky wingnut gets the grease.

    This is but one of countless iterations of the infantilized bullshit of The Lunatic Fringe Otherwise Known As The Republican Party.

  24. 24
    General Stuck says:

    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

    I smell wingnut Pheromones

  25. 25
    Culture of Truth says:

    AH WOODA HEEVD MAH BUKIT!1!!1

  26. 26
    schrodinger's cat says:

    What exactly would a man have done in this case, that the women in question did not do?

  27. 27
    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Culture of Truth: Lolrus called he wants his bukkit back. Kthx.

  28. 28
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Culture of Truth:

    When you outlaw buckets, etc.

  29. 29
    Suffern ACE says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Found a blunt object and yelled “Ooog. Ooog.”

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    MikeJ says:

    How many of those children who were killed were girls? What were they doing in a school where they will learn impure things like reading and thinking?

  31. 31
    Rafer Janders says:

    But in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm.

    I’m sorry, has this man ever seen a high school girl’s field hockey game?

  32. 32
    trollhattan says:

    @shortstop:
    And we got a pretty good song title and chorus out of her as part of the deal.

  33. 33
    SenyorDave says:

    Whatever the total number of obscenities have been uttered about Charlotte Allen is, that number could not possibly be enough. Not too many people I could say this about, but what a waste of oxygen.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    I’m just throwing this out there, but what if every school in America had a walrus trained to throw a bucket at a shooter? Before you laugh, I understand that it’s not a total defense, that perhaps a squad of penguins could also be on hand to rush (such as penguins can) the shooter. I’m just thinking out loud here.

  35. 35
    Dexter's new approach says:

    Wait, What? I thought I get my man card by buying and owning an AR-15? Now I have to be a an (unarmed) ex jock (or burly 12-year old) ready to take down an owner/shooter of said AR-15 to be manly?

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    shortstop says:

    @Rafer Janders: Ima tell you once again, stop bringing your sex fantasies onto this blog.

  37. 37
    Rafer Janders says:

    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.

    You know, nothing is stopping big burly guys from getting their education degrees and going to work as elementary school teachers. It’s no fault of the women that the men won’t step up to do the work of educating our children and so the women are left to do it all, as per usual….

  38. 38
    Culture of Truth says:

    I’m sorry, has this man ever seen a high school girl’s field hockey game?

    She would say they are acting masculine. qed

  39. 39
    Rafer Janders says:

    @shortstop:

    Ima tell you once again, stop bringing your sex fantasies onto this blog.

    Which blog would you like me to bring my sex fantasies to?

  40. 40
    shortstop says:

    @Dexter’s new approach:

    I thought I get my man card by buying and owning an AR-15?

    Well, that explains a great deal.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Building on the penguin thing, we need some lookouts. I’m thinking meerkats.

  42. 42
    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    The Aurora, Colorado shooting occurred during a showing of the uber-macho Batman film in which scores of strong, young men would have been present; it would appear that the presence of testosterone, in fact, is NOT enough to thwart a crazed gunman.

    Yet another stupid wingnut spews nonsense into the public discourse without meaningful repercussion.

  43. 43
    SenyorDave says:

    I went to the article, and the comments are pretty much all very negative toward the author. You know you’ve hit rock bottom when the NRO crowd turns on you.

  44. 44
    Mr. Longform says:

    That idiot clearly didn’t have old-school nuns for teachers or she wouldn’t have been saying so much stoopid. We would have welcomed some burly he-men in the school to bring the kick-ass down a couple of levels. Or, come to think of it, not just nuns. Mrs. M. in the 7th grade. Damn. She was a linebacker.

  45. 45
    Jerzy Russian says:

    @Teresa:

    I bet you all didn’t know that bullets bounce of dicks and testicles

    I did not know this. I can see how this would be useful in certain situations.

  46. 46
    shortstop says:

    @Culture of Truth: You are cracking me up.

  47. 47
    Rafer Janders says:

    @Dexter’s new approach:

    Wait, What? I thought I get my man card by buying and owning an AR-15?

    It’s pathetic, isn’t it, all these guys that think it takes a gun to make them a real man. So sad. So juvenile.

    When, as we all know, you become a real man by making a lot of money and sleeping with a lot of women.

  48. 48
    Kristin says:

    @shortstop: Someone somewhere (maybe one of McArdle’s derpsterpieces this week) commented that law enforcement should start profiling these shooters. The other commenters (mostly gun nuts) were dumbfounded. “Profile what?” was the response. They couldn’t figure out what the person was getting st. Because, of course, you can’t profile white men. I mean, duh.

    ETA: I’m not saying I agree with profiling. I just thought it was so funny that the idea of someone not brown being profiled was something they couldn’t even think of.

  49. 49
    General Stuck says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    There are a number of cases where men have tackled shooters while reloading, and stopped the slaughter, as I think the Tucson shooting had. Even with his 30 round clip. I don’t know if that was possible in this one. But those were cases where several men were present. A grade school, to me and most others, I think, is mentally be off limits for this kind of shit, as a kind of Swiss version of neutrality for mass killings. I don’t want to hear half baked speculation that a male adult teacher in a smallish grade school might have stopped this one. I kind of doubt it

    But Ms Allen, et al, are not genuinely talking about stopping this shooting, per speculation. These are the anti feminists that ABL was talking about, that come out of the woodwork to pine for and promote nostalgia trips back to the puritan victorian era gender role playing. Like before the sixties. It is was the menfolk running NRO are paying for and expecting from their female writers.

  50. 50
    gbear says:

    @Rafer Janders: College football players should automatically receive a teaching degree when graduating (or quitting, or flunking out).

  51. 51
    dmsilev says:

    You know, when we all said the other day that Megan McArdle had said the stupidest possible thing related to this tragedy, I don’t think anybody expected wingnuttia to treat that as a challenge…

  52. 52
    Kristin says:

    Dave Weigel’s response to this is good. He points out that the head custodian was male (which I knew, because it’s been reported a bunch, derp) and that there was a male teacher. As he says, this takes about 14 seconds of research. So, not only is Charlotte whatsherface an asshole, she’s completely wrong.

  53. 53

    OMFG, that excrement was written by a woman, really? How much self-loathing can a person have?

    I posted some pretty graphic detail of what happens in a shooting, using the Aurora situation as an example, on my blog.

    http://drangedinaz.wordpress.c

    Any average person, regardless of whether they have a penis or not, would not have been able to do much more than what was done, which was to run, hide or sacrifice yourself to protect someone else. I think the women who threw themselves in front of the children to take those bullets had balls the size of Texas. So the writer of this article, this Charlotte, can go f*ck herself sideways.

  54. 54
    Ruckus says:

    @Culture of Truth:
    Where can I get your newsletter?

    This idea has at least as much merit as any of the wingnut ones. When the walrus was not throwing buckets he(has to be a him!) could teach biology class. Not sure about the penguins though.

  55. 55
    FormerSwingVoter says:

    So… Charlotte Allen sees a thing that she doesn’t like, and her very first reaction is to blame it on women.

    Too bad she didn’t know Adam Lanza – it sounds like they had a lot in common.

  56. 56
    Calouste says:

    @Rafer Janders:

    Worse, the writer of that quote is a woman.

  57. 57
    shortstop says:

    @Kristin: Ha! Girl, they think they’re the default setting.

  58. 58
    Suffern ACE says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): Ah, but then we can move on to the “Because they were taught by feminist wimin in schools, our young menfolk have no balls” triple lutz flip and knock you liberals on your asses. Such was the real issue of Virginia Tech. That and the shooter’s affinity to Collective Soul and Korean movies explained it all.

  59. 59
    Hungry Joe says:

    “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.”

    I’m guessing it would have looked pretty much the same, with the possible addition of a couple of dead ex-high-school-football-playing male teachers or some dead, husky 12-year-old boys. (Sandy Hook was a K-4 school, of course, so they would have had to have been husky 10-year-old boys. Details, details.)

  60. 60
    Ruckus says:

    @Jerzy Russian:
    I wonder if clothing changes the bullet bouncing abilities or do we all have to walk around nude? And if so what happens when the target size is reduced by the cold?

  61. 61
    shortstop says:

    @Ruckus: Shrinkage is the leading cause of gunshot deaths among men. But no one wants to tackle the subject.

  62. 62
    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Suffern ACE: Ah, too true… I failed to consider that in my calculation. Those damn women! Why do they keep trying to destroy men? If only they would all just worship at the temple of the penis, none of this shit would be happening.

    By the way, regarding Cargo @ #22, is this person a troll or is my sarcasm detector broken today? Couldn’t one use the same argument that any doctor who focuses on pediatrics is a pedophile?

  63. 63
    trollhattan says:

    @Hungry Joe:
    They’d have to fail a couple of grades, giving them time to ‘roid up. Win-win.

  64. 64
    Kristin says:

    @shortstop: Exactly. It also goes along with the, “he was just a nut, acting alone. Nothing to see here.”

  65. 65
    Ruckus says:

    @shortstop:
    LOLZ

    Nice comeback.

  66. 66
    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    If you scroll down into the readers’ comments sections of the link ABL provided, you’ll see lots of people taking this Allen woman to task. I wonder if those are regular National Review readers or a bunch of leftwing infiltrators. I dared look at the Malkin “essay” on the Newtown massacre at the NR and most of her readers are clearly worshipping at her feet (though all she does is spew bile and nonsense).

  67. 67
    Roger Moore says:

    @JPL:

    I don’t know what the nuns were packing under their outfit but I sure didn’t want to find out.

    I’m pretty sure that most nuns working as teachers pack a very mean ruler.

  68. 68
    schrodinger's cat says:

    @General Stuck: Ok but that’s after a lot of shots had already been fired, so are these morons saying that some innocent bystanders being killed is the price they are willing to paying for letting any crazy person have a gun?

  69. 69
    👽 Martin says:

    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.

    And yet, if those manly men went into teaching, all of those on the right would have pantsed them and called them fags and told them to enlist instead so they could get their man card reissued by shooting a gun.

    The right is impossible to please on issues like this. They demand what they loathe.

  70. 70
    shortstop says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: That is exactly what they’re saying. Because FREEDOM!

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Have you ever tried to sneak up on a meerkat? Can’t be done. One, maybe, but not the whole crew.

    I’m not saying the meerkats should be armed, that’s silly. We’d need animals with opposable thumbs, like racoons.

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    Bostondreams says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.):

    By the way, regarding Cargo @ #22, is this person a troll or is my sarcasm detector broken today? Couldn’t one use the same argument that any doctor who focuses on pediatrics is a pedophile?

    I think this refers to a common perception among some folks that there could be only one other possible reason a guy would teach elementary school. While the plural of anecdote is not data, when I taught Social Studies methods courses to elementary majors, I almost always had all female classes. When I DID have a guy (and I do mean A), he always made clear to me, without prompting, that he was straight and that he had a girlfriend. Sad, but true. That’s the perception, unfortunately.

  74. 74
    Darkrose says:

    @Jerzy Russian: Sounds like a fun new party game to me: “Bounce the Bullet Off the BoyBits!”

  75. 75
    Felinious Wench says:

    My great-grandmother, 92, ran her ranch until she was in her 70s. We finally had to take her shotgun away last year. She was still using it to kill varmints in her yard. She is a hell of a lot tougher than any arm chair male gun owner. Most women are.

    So, this offensive little weakling can piss off. I can’t help it if she’s a cowardly little thing who relies on menfolk to protect her. But most women are tough as nails, especially if a child is threatened.

  76. 76
    Jay in Oregon says:

    @Kristin:

    Dave Weigel’s response to this is good. He points out that the head custodian was male (which I knew, because it’s been reported a bunch, derp) and that there was a male teacher. As he says, this takes about 14 seconds of research. So, not only is Charlotte whatsherface an asshole, she’s completely wrong.

    Andrew Kaczynski at Buzzfeed has a great tweet:
    https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew/status/281521605740466176/

    The first two sentences in this Charlotte Allen piece contain five factual errors. pic.twitter.com/47bNuIrE

    Never let facts get in the way of a good diatribe…

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    @Kristin:

    Dave Weigel’s response to this is good. He points out that the head custodian was male (which I knew, because it’s been reported a bunch, derp) and that there was a male teacher. As he says, this takes about 14 seconds of research. So, not only is Charlotte whatsherface an asshole, she’s completely wrong.

    Andrew Kaczynski at Buzzfeed has a great tweet:
    https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew/status/281521605740466176/

    The first two sentences in this Charlotte Allen piece contain five factual errors. pic.twitter.com/47bNuIrE

    Never let facts get in the way of a good diatribe…

  78. 78
    Sly says:

    What have we learned this week? About the necessity of: arming (incompetent union thug parasite) teachers, training kamikaze first graders, manly-man elementary schools, and not pissing off Yahweh or He’ll massacre you’re children. But adding semiautomatic rifles and magazines that hold more than ten rounds to the list of Title II firearms? STOOPID LIBERAL!

    I think we can firmly put to rest the notion of Peak Wingnut, because to be a wingnut is to exist in an ever expanding feedback loop of batshit, bugfuck, masturbating-into-a-pile-of-your-own-feces crazy.

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    Mister Papercut says:

    Oh, this old saw again. Is this Charlotte Allen’s version of a cover band tribute to John Derbyshire?

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    trollhattan says:

    @Darkrose: Yeesh, hope that’s detailed in the invitation; I might be, uh, busy. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

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    General Stuck says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Ok but that’s after a lot of shots had already been fired, so are these morons saying that some innocent bystanders being killed is the price they are willing to paying for letting any crazy person have a gun?

    I fully agree with all of this.

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    @Culture of Truth: I think we should build moats around the schools and throw in a few sharks to help out.

    The drawbridges will be up during school hours of course.

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    Cargo says:

    @Bostondreams: yeah, I wasn’t being sarcastic. Male teachers are strongly discouraged below the high school level. Working with kids in general is highly suspect. it’s unfortunate but seems to be true.

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    Enhanced Mooching Techniques says:

    I see the article write didn’t even have the balls to attach his name to that piece of shit article. Better effeminate than childish, eh?

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    Wyrm1 says:

    Geez… I’m a MALE teacher (high school admittedly) and I only hope that if I were in a similar situation I could be half as brave as the teachers at Sandy Hook.

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    Aries Moon says:

    There’s a pattern emerging to support this, actually.

    For example, the similarities between sissified Sandy Hook and likewise sissified Virginia Tech are astonishing, what with their all-female faculty and lack of husky male school children. Er, wait… weren’t there male teachers and husky male students at Virginia Tech, where 32 people were shot and killed?

    Nevermind… turns out Charlotte Allen is just an idiot.

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    Fuck, fuck, fuck. It’s always the victims’ fault with these assholes. Always. “They weren’t gutsy enough.” “The school unwisely banned testosterone.” “They should have been packing heat.” “Those gutless little five year olds didn’t tackle the gunman.”

    I’d love to see what would happen if some guy wearing a mask and shooting a machine gun full of paintballs showed up at that office. How many of these would-be Dirty Harrys do you think would be “storming the shooter” or whatever bullshit they spew, and how many of them wouldn’t walk out of the room with clean underwear? Fuckfaces.

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    Mister Papercut says:

    Also, this quote needs put on the bronze plaque on the base of this particular gun tragedy’s Monument to Stupidity:

    Cops and everybody else encourage civilians not to try to defend themselves when they are criminally assaulted. This is stupid advice.

    Right on, Charlotte! What the fuck do cops know?

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    Where oh where are Hans and Franz when we need them to teach the girly men and to pump us up?

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    gelfling545 says:

    @EconWatcher: You betcha. They’re already trying to get rid of them in favor of those who love statistics more than children.

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    Kristin says:

    @ABL: I lolled at every single thing culture of truth has said.

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    Kristin says:

    @Jay in Oregon: Oh yeah, that’s right. We’ve all known since about 10 a.m. on Friday that it was a K-4 school, and the oldest kids were 10. All of us, except Charlotte.

    I guess I can see where she thinks females are useless, since she appears to be the most useless person who’s ever walked the earth.

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    1badbaba3 says:

    She endorsed Palin for President in ’16. Seriously. With a straight face.

    ‘Nuff said.

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    gelfling545 says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): Sadly, he is right. Some people will always question why a “real man” would want to teach elementary school and their lives can be made truly miserable. I’ve seen it done more than once.

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    gopher2b says:

    Didn’t you know that testicles are made of kevlar. And you can detach them from your body and defect bullets in mid-air. It’s actually quite impressive.

    I can’t believe you didn’t know this.

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    Rafer Janders says:

    I don’t know, I feel some sympathy for Ms. Allen here. After all, if it’s a legitimate armed attack, the male body has a way to shut that whole thing down in a way that the female body doesn’t.

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    Jennifer says:

    Sounds to me like a thinly-veiled excuse for returning rural & Southern schools to the good old days, when the next step from coaching was to be promoted to a school principal (and eventually, district superintendent). The “good old days” in this case being only 20 years or so ago, and not over yet in many places.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Rafer Janders: I genuinely laughed aloud at that, Rafer. I doubt wingnuts would either see or get the joke though.

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    Mister Harvest says:

    @Zapruder F. Mashtots, D.D.S.: Anything but the guns. It’s never the guns.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): I apologize for saying this. This is not an event to cause laughter. Please ignore my comments, BJers. I have requeste my comment @ #98 be deleted. I appreciate Rafer’s humor at #96, but saying I LOL’d is inappropriate.

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    shortstop says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): I don’t know what that whole exchange was about or what you said that’s gone now. However, if we can’t make fun of the abominable idiocy that comes out of wingnuts’ mouths, even as a salve in times of great grief over events and anger about bad public policy, why are we here?

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    Paula says:

    Male or female, these fvcknuts are saying that union-busted teachers being paid subsistence wages in crumbling schools should also willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect our kids.

    OH. MY. GOD.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @shortstop: Hi, Shortstop ~ Well, it seems a little silly to essentially repeat something I said earlier that I, myself, found a bit “iffy”, but here goes. I had commented that Rafer’s comment (#96) made me laugh outloud. I then requested a deletion of that comment when it occurred to me that maybe “LOL-ing” was potentially injecting a bit too much jocularity into a horrific event. I don’t know, I guess I prefer to err on the side of too much caution rather than make a joke and then grin like an idiot, saying, “What? Too soon?”

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    MaryRC says:

    The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, seemed to have performed bravely.

    “Seemed” to have performed bravely? What do you meanm, “seemed” to have performed bravely? You stupid, stupid woman.

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    shortstop says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): I see. I think you’re fine. You’re laughing at the GOP’s absurdities, not at dead kids. We get that.

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    RSR says:

    hahaha…my wife points out that if more men were teachers they’d all get paid more. The teachers unions took off during the Great Depression as men were forced to take teaching jobs and wouldn’t put up with the crap conditions the women worked under.

    Also…the women in her school are tougher than the men anyway. Do you want to rely on the lesbian ex-cop who’s there an hour early every day, or the guy who calls out sick half the Monday’s because he can’t face the week?

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    Citizen Alan says:

    Check out the comments to Charles Pierce’s commentary on this. The Allen creature herself shows up to troll Pierce’s blog and tell a story about how she supposedly fended off a knife-wielding attacker in her own bedroom by screaming really loud. Which is, of course, irrelevant to the issue of gun-wielding attackers going after kindergartners except in the minds of diseased maniacs like Charlotte Allen. OTOH, it might explain why she is so self-loathing about her own femininity that she can denigrate the heroism of the teachers and Sandy Hook by speculating that a big-balled MAN could have saved them.

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    @Rafer Janders: Has he ever seen the Filene’s Basement bridal sale?

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    Lojasmo says:

    @Cargo:

    I attended many grade schools due to housing changes. Most of my primary school teachers were male. At least half anyway.

    Moron.

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    rdale says:

    Charlie Pierece eviscerated her on Daily Politics Blog, so she showed up and got all butthurt when the commenters ripped into her. Go read, it’s pretty hilarious.

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    Jebediah says:

    @Felinious Wench:

    So, this offensive little weakling can piss off. I can’t help it if she’s a cowardly little thing who relies on menfolk to protect her. But most women are tough as nails, especially if a child is threatened.

    And we all just saw evidence of this at Sandy Hook, where women literally sacrificed their lives to try to protect children. How is that not screamingly obvious evidence that lack of testosterone wasn’t the problem?

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    Keenan says:

    @Culture of Truth: I was bitten by an ostrich when I was young. Freakin hurt! I think you are on to something here.

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