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Martin

Ralph: Now you can take a seat at the head of the class, Martin. (Jeff: that comment you posted wasn't totally irrelevant).

Yeah, great. ;-)

Jeff's comment?

Ralph

"Andrew: This is now the third time you post a reference to one of my comments. I feel honored!"

Now you can take a seat at the head of the class, Martin. (Jeff: that comment you posted wasn't totally irrelevant).

On a serious note:

McArdle is not just wrong, but very harmfully so, or should parents and teachers encourage six-year-old kids to rush a very upset guy wielding a .323 Bushmaster?

City of Houston gives good advice in that viral video on workplace shootings.

Martin

That gives a lot more options to the NRA way of bringing the Endsieg to the shootings problem.

Since all kids are to required to be carrying arms at school the gang rush strategy can be enhanced: All kids having one of these backpacks hand over their gun to someone not having one and embrace this child. This one is now protected against attacks from up front(? von vorne) and can open fire with two guns against the aggressor.

Since they are covered perfectly the collateral damage will be minimal. The few deaths by friendly fire (what kind of mind coined this term?) and accidental suicides will be the fault of incorrect execution of the strategy and the perpetrators will be put to trial for murder. If they are younger than 8 years they can not be sentenced to death but will never get parole.

Andrew: This is now the third time you post a reference to one of my comments. I feel honored!

John Carter Wood

Another obvious problem: the backpack is not going to help when said Disney Princess -- as trained by her Megan-McArdle-reading parents -- is running toward the gunman to effect the 'gang rush' defence.

So, these are like two medications that should not be taken together.

On the other hand, the Disney Princess bulletproof backback would nicely match the "My Little Carbine" assault rifle.

Andrew

Kind of an obvious problem, isn't it, JG?

No, I think the buyers operate on the belief that if there were a school shooting, and if my child happened to be wearing her backpack at the time, and if the shooter happened to fire at him or her from behind, and the backpack didn't stop the bullet, I would never forgive myself for not buying the bulletproof Avenger.

This level of paranoia may seem, well, paranoid, but then again I've met more than one well-heeled American parent who has installed a permanent video surveillance device in their baby's bedroom (with an iPad app to monitor the feed) to prevent someone from breaking into the house and stealing the baby.

The media foster the paranoia, companies exploit it for commercial gain. An endless daisy-chain of profit!

Junger Gott

So do the back pack buyers operate on the firm believe that no gunman is going to shoot their little princess in the chest?

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