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December 17, 2012

McMegan McArdle’s McSuicide McSquad

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From the woman who was so debilitated by gastritis that she couldn’t operate a calculator properly:

….the Daily Beast has published a 4,000 word essay by its new hire on how to stop massacres like last Friday’s. McArdle begins her essay with a prescient harbinger (“There just aren’t good words to talk about Newtown.”) but recovers to churn out a fairly standard libertarian argument about why various government remedies won’t work. And it’s true, to some extent, that various regulatory solutions all have complications.

The problem comes at the end when, having dismissed the standard liberal regulatory measures as unworkable, she has to propose her own solution. This is what McArdle comes up with:

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.

Are you kidding me? You think gun control is impractical, so your plan is to turn the entire national population, including young children, into a standby suicide squad? Through private initiative, of course. It’s way more feasible than gun control!

Hopefully, if this ever happens to McMegan, she’ll be packing her nine thousand dollar slicer/dicer/food smelter because I hear it comes with a hot Béchamel launcher. That shit will melt the flesh right off your bones.

Remember, it was less than six months after hiring McMegan away from the Atlantic that Tina Brown had to announce that she was shuttering Newsweek.

Coincidence … I think not.

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