JISHOU, HUNAN — Others have commented on this boneheaded idea of Megan McArdle, but I have to add my two cents.
The. Dumbest. Suggestion. In. The. World.
Near the end of a long screed about how gun control laws would ultimately be futile, she opines:
My guess is that we’re going to get a law anyway, and my hope is that it will consist of small measures that might have some tiny actual effect, like restrictions on magazine capacity. 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. Would it work? Would people do it? I have no idea; all I can say is that both these things would be more effective than banning rifles with pistol grips. [Bolding is mine.]
What a wonderful idea! Forget gun controls. If we all make a habit of gang rushing armed men, eventually they collectively will give up shooting people. Better yet, imagine how quickly the Newtown shooting could have ended if 25 kindergarten students all jumped on Adam Lanza at the same time.
McArdle says she’s a libertarian. I say she’s as dumb as a box of rocks.
That is all. Carry on.