Gun nuts have the answers. And they're doozies.
It took the gun fanatics a couple of days to get themselves together, but they're coming out of the woodwork now. In case you were wondering what the Tea Partiers were thinking here's Tea Party Nation offering advice:
Homeschool. Take away the power of the radicals in the classrooms. Makes your kids safer, too.
Back Right to Work legislation for the public sector. Teacher’s unions have helped cement much of this in place. As long as we have group think in the classrooms we will never see the end of this. […]
Work to devolve power back to the parents, the local officials, and the communities. A society that is top-down will inevitably lead to alienation of the sort we have seen here. This young man was twenty years old, and his actions were neither spurious nor random. As an FBI profiler said on television last night, he undoubtedly felt powerless and sought to remedy that. Why does a twenty year old feel powerless? He could leave his mother’s home at any time at his age. He feels powerless because he has lived in an over-bureaucratized society, one run ultimately from a far-away central location. […]
Restrict the sex in movies, television, on the internet. There is a reason why young people commit these sorts of crimes, and sex plays no small part. Their passions are eternally inflamed, and they wander the Earth with no outlet for their overstimulated glands. […]
Support the creation of local organizations to act as “neighborhood watch” for schools. Had George Zimmerman been at the front door instead of some mechanical card reader those children would still be alive. Perhaps it’s time we start asking for volunteers to protect our children. It will require security checks, but isn’t that worth it? This dovetails with the union problem; the unions will fight this measure tooth-and-nail.
Yes, he actually compared the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin to a deranged mass killer and portrayed Trayvon's killer as a hero. That takes some real imagination.
Then there's the obligatory curtailment of the first amendment while fetishizing the second as the word of God. Blaming alienated psychopathy on Big Government is a new one, but unsurprising as is blaming the teacher's unions, despite the stories of great courage among those underpaid elementary school teachers.
And sex, of course. Always a problem that must be solved no matter what. (The only thing he left out was the little temptresses who offer the boys that evil apple in the first place.)They have a real gift for twisting their distorted ideology to pretty much fit any situation:
Back in the 1980’s the moral relativism movement gained momentum, and the worst sin was the sin of judgementalism. This murder is the most recent fruit born of that diseased tree. Yes, we have a right, nay a duty, to judge. Evil cannot be ignored or dismissed lightly. That is precisely what we have done.
You see it in the schools where children may no longer be corrected. There was a time when teachers actually spanked children; now a teacher is in peril if he verbally chastises a bad kid. God, of course, has long been gone from the schools. We tell children they are animals, and that it’s o.k. to do whatever feels right because it’s “natural”. So we have 14 year old girls getting pregnant, 15 year old boys with venereal diseases and multiple children, we have gang warfare, drug abuse, alcoholism, violence. Revenge is a no-brainer to these youths, who have never been instructed in “vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord” and taught that an accounting will be made by the Great Judge later. No; you have to get vengeance now or the injustice will be eternal.
As ridiculous as that is, it's downright common sense compared to this already notoriously absurd comment by Megan McArdle:
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.
Maybe that guy has something about movies and TV after all. But it's obviously cartoon shows that are dangerous.