While liberals debate various forms of gun control, improvements to the psychiatric care system, and other actual measures to make slaughters like Newtown less likely, the abject bankruptcy of conservative thought is something to behold.
The Tea Party suggests more George Zimmermans are the answer. Armed vigilante squads patrolling school zones.
Gun "academic" John Lott suggests abolishing even more gun laws, specifically gun-free school zones.
Libertarian law Professor Glenn Reynolds approvingly cites a pro-gun man who later shot and killed his wife in a botched (?) puerile gun stunt.
Supposed "reasonable" conservative Eugene Volokh says to arm the teachers.
Libertarian individualist Megan McArdle proposes a creative collectivist solution: Train seven year olds to rush adult shooters and overpower them.
Is there anything one needs to say in response to such stupidity? They can't honestly believe this egregious nonsense. This is the utter and complete bankruptcy of conservativism and right wing thought in general. It is incapable of responding to this, and thus can only provide risible self-satirizing ideas to cover its shame.
I wrote about this some time ago, and this is more of the same. Conservativism has no useful answers to the problems of society. They simply wish to leave problems to fester, where action would impose the least inconvenience or costs on themselves. If some problem magically solves itself, they might be ok with that, but for anything else, we are simply left to endure what we must. They simply don't really believe problems can be solved.
There shouldn't be 40% of Americans (and 30% of Canadians) willing to call themselves "conservatives" in the face of this. This is shameful, and frankly disgusting. The Emperor has no clothes. People with ideas this monstrous need to experience sustained criticism and even scorn for refusing to rethink such bad ideas in the face of their self-evident horrific failure. Teach children to rush at mass murderers? Encourage more vigilantism? What has to go wrong in your life that you even could entertain these thoughts, never mind publish it to millions in evident seriousness?