Washington Post columnist recklessly suggested children ‘gang-rush’ school shooters instead of hiding

The Washington Post is being skewered by liberals over its newest hire: op-ed columnist Megan McArdle, a libertarian anti-Trumper who thinks school children should “gang rush” mass shooters like Nikolas Cruz.

Megan McArdle, the new Washington Post op-ed columnist.
Megan McArdle, the new Washington Post op-ed columnist. (screenshot)

Shortly after the WaPo announced McArdle’s hire this week, critics went on Twitter to remind everyone that she had reacted to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by suggesting that children under siege “gang-rush” the shooter instead of hiding.

Because telling untrained, unarmed little kids to attack a crazed gunman is excellent advice. What could go wrong?

“I’d also like us to encourage people to gang rush shooters, rather than following their instincts to hide,” McArdle wrote in 2012 at the Daily Beast. “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.”


Not surprisingly, Twitter reacted by mocking Megan McArdle’s ridiculous advice, saying it wouldn’t work and is just plain stupid.


Meanwhile, liberals reacted to the latest school shooting in Florida by demanding gun control and blaming President Trump, Republicans, and the National Rifle Association.

It bears noting that when Democrats controlled the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House during Barack Obama’s presidency, they failed to enact gun-control reforms. But since Trump is president, it’s a convenient time to blame him for school shootings that pre-dated his one-year tenure.




While liberals are foaming at the mouth over gun control, they conveniently ignore the rampant gun shootings that occur daily in Chicago.

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Chicago — the hometown of Barack Obama —  has had a Democratic mayor since 1931, and has among the strictest gun control laws in the United States. In 2017, Chicago led the nation in gun homicides. Where is the liberal outrage?

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Samantha Chang


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