NRO: Sandy Hook Happened Because There Was No Big Manly Men to Stop It

I wish I were kidding with that headline, but I'm not.

Behold this shining turd in all its misogynistic glory.

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.

This is immature, insensitive, misogynistic, silly (heave his bucket?), fantastical (rush the shooter?) and it's beyond even the douchiest rationale the typical woman-hater could come up with.

But there's another problem.

There was a single adult male on the school premises that day, and it was the shooter. In fact, men are almost always the shooter. 98 percent of those currently sitting on death row are men.

You would have an easier time convincing me that we should ban men in schools than instituting some kind of machismo quota.

(h/t Jessica Valenti)

  • trgahan

    I try to take all these lectures from right wing “thinkers” as a sign that the pro-gun lobby is getting pushed further into an indefensiable position and their paid appologists are trying ANYTHING that will stop the tide for mounting public support for stricter gun control.

    They know they are going to lose something and soon.

  • muselet

    Charlotte Allen is infamous for writing ridiculous things which are occasionally, and unaccountably, published by the LA Dog Trainer. She’s one of the few people on the planet who makes Megan McArdle look like a deep thinker. Ordinarily, she saves her bile for those who don’t pray the way Allen thinks they should, but I guess she’s decided to branch out and write about something else she knows nothing about.

    Not taking this silly woman seriously is the responsibility of every sentient being.


  • Victor_the_Crab

    Attention Charlotte Allen:

  • Nefercat

    “…helpless passivity…”

    You lowlife dreadful excuse of a human being, Charlotte Allen. How dare you write those words?

    Those teachers didn’t rush out of the building, leaving the children to die. They didn’t cower helplessly, leaving their small charges alone. They consciously chose to stay, to do what they could to save the children’s lives even at the cost of their own (effectively, too; the locked out shooter demanded unsuccessfully to be let into at least one locked room).

    Those women (and I thought the janitor was male?) made conscious, quick decisions, and not one of them was cowardly or helpless. They took charge and it seems as though most of those who died probably knew for a second at least that somehow, unbelievably, their life was about to end. But they acted anyway.

    Charlotte Allen is a great argument for bringing back the public stocks. She should be spit on daily.

    • Victor_the_Crab

      Or wear a scarlet L.

  • This is hate speech against the defenseless. It’s an armed version of “if she hadn’t been dressed like a slut, she wouldn’t have been raped.”

  • JozefAL

    It’s kind of funny. When *I* was in elementary school, I didn’t have any male teachers (and I don’t even really remember the “support staff” other than lunchroom personnel–all women)–except for when I attended a school for military dependents in Ft Bliss (even then, IMS, I only had two male teachers, one of whom died during the school year). At all the other public schools (in Pennsylvania, Alabama and even in Germany at another school for military dependents), the teachers were all women (and, again, I really don’t remember any janitors) and it seems like the principals were also.

    And that time in elementary school–well, let’s just say some of the shows I watched at night included *first-runs* of “The Brady Bunch,” “The Partridge Family” and “Land of the Giants.” Very few men ever wanted elementary school positions–even principal–because the pay scale was far too low as was the prestige. Of course, there was also the “suspicion” about grown men who wanted to spend time in elementary schools. No one would ever come right out and accuse a man of being a pedophile because he wanted to teach in an elementary school or even administrate at one but there was always that underlying fear. (Oddly, no one ever seemed to worry too much about this when it came to men wanting to be Scout leaders or working at Boys Clubs–although single men, or “confirmed bachelors,” were still viewed with suspicion.)

    I didn’t routinely come across males in authoritative posts until Junior High–both the Principal and Vice-Principal at my school were men (the VP was also the school’s “disciplinarian”) and, of course, the coaches were men (at least for the boys; the girls had female coaches) and I had a few male teachers through the 3 years of Junior High.

    Yes, this was the olden days but it’s not like we kids were immune to stories of gun violence. It had only been a few years after JFK’s little “field trip” to Dallas, and after MLK made the mistake of stopping in Memphis and RFK wasn’t able to make it to Chicago for the 1968 Convention, and Vietnam was still flooding the nightly news broadcasts and George Wallace’s Presidential ambitions were ended in Maryland by a bullet. Okay–we didn’t have any shootings in schools but kids were wounded and even killed because of “accidents” with guns at home and Westerns were still VERY popular on TV (the opening credits on “Gunsmoke” opened with Marshal Dillon firing a gun directly “at the viewer”). In fact, from what I can see, the biggest difference between then and now–far more guns in the hands of far more people who DON’T seem to know how to use them properly. I certainly don’t believe there were as many guns and rifles as there were Americans unlike today, when there’s at least one gun for every single man, woman and child in this country. And since I don’t own a gun and my mom doesn’t and my brother doesn’t, that means at least 3 people own 2 guns each. Is there any RATIONAL reason for ANYONE to own more than 1 gun or rifle? If you’re a true sportsman, you should only need 1 to do your hunting (it’s not like you can shoot two rifles at once, and I’ve never heard of anyone going deer or duck hunting with a handgun). And if you’re claiming you need it to defend your home, well, then you should only need a single gun as well (especially since it should be kept UNloaded when not in use and if you’ve got kids).

    The NRA seems (and so does the SCOTUS at times) to believe that the 2nd Amendment is more sacrosanct that the 1st. We’re all aware of the many, MANY restrictions and limitations that come with our 1st Amendment rights but the NRA and the rest of the gun lobby seems to feel that even 1 regulation is “infringing” on the 2nd Amendment.

    • Nefercat

      Now that you mention it, maybe it’s time to remember that none of our founding documents are “sacrosanct.” They are not scripture. They were conceived and written by men, ordinary human beings, in order to govern a society here on this earth.

      Those same writers made sure to include a provision for changing and updating the constitution. They sure didn’t think of the constitution as some unchanging document, not to be influenced by changing times.

    • D_C_Wilson

      When I was in elementary school, I think there was one male teacher in the entire building.

      And the janitor was about 70.

  • MrDHalen


    Remember to wash and scrub your hands and eyes after using the internet; because sometimes you come across some very disgusting stuff.

  • Nefercat

    How do you even begin to try to reason with the adult equivalent of a bored infant discovering that smearing poo on a wall makes pretty designs? And remember, the infant is darn proud of its accomplishment.

  • Lazarus Durden

    More and more I’m becoming convinced our obsession with guns has made our culture sick. Never have I been more repulsed then I am at this moment. Never have I been so sickened by the excuses coming out from the right.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I don’t know whether it’s stupider to believe this or stupider to say it publicly.

    I don’t know how many 12-year-olds are in 6th grade. I turned 12 during 7th grade. Granted, I had a fall birthday and was at the younger end of my cohort. But still.

    Also, this was a K-4 school, not K-6.

    • ninjaf

      There you go putting facts into their knee jerk reaction.

  • Not to mention the minor fact that there were, in fact, two women (one of them being the principal) who physically CHARGED at the shooter. There’s your “feminine” helpless passivity.

    • Lazarus Durden

      A man would’ve succeeded in their minds. Nevermind the shooter was a man and all those defending those children were women. Nevermind women like Victoria Soto showed tremendous courage under fire saved lives and never thought once about saving themselves.

      I really hate my culture some days. I really do.

      • stacib23

        I had a male teacher in 7th grade. The kids made him cry almost daily.

  • 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, on my blog.


    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.

  • dumbfounded.

  • Ipecac

    What? You haven’t charged a lunatic with an assault rifle and kicked his ass with your bare hands? What are you, a woman?

    It’s a noted fact that there are never any adult male casualties in these types of mass killings because the presence of a single male guarantees that the killer will be taken down immediately with extreme prejudice. For example, if the Aurora killer hadn’t chosen to attack the only theatre in the country with an all women and children audience, that would have been a very different situation.

    And . . . . scene.

  • zirgar

    Looks like the wingnuts are tripping all over each in a mad scramble to see who can say or write the most offensive, idiotic, batshit response to what happened in Newtown…

    The reflexivity of stupidity.

  • Username1016

    “Some of the huskier 12-year-old boys”? They expect tweens to take on an armed gunman?

    Words fail me.

  • Learnin’s for pussies.