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A Rundown of the Insane Rationales Right-Wingers Are Offering for Why Sandy Hook Happened

Those on the right who would blame the tragedy on anything but guns see women as the problem -- not the heroes

The dogged wish of many on the right to make the tragic Sandy Hook shooting about anything but guns means that it has to be about other things — ideally, things they already do not like. Things like feminism, abortion or anything else that contributes to the oppression of white men, of which, you’ll note, murderous rampager Adam Lanza was one. And when it came to the last point, solipsism was not limited to the right. Here, a guide to the lowlights.

Blame Obamacare and abortion. We heard, early out of the gate, from Mike Huckabee, who didn’t wait for the funerals to start blaming the liberal banishment of God from schools and government, including “tax-funded abortion pills,” by which the Personhood proponent meant birth control. “We dismiss the notion of natural law and the notion that there are moral absolutes and seemed amazed when some kids make it their own morality to kill innocent children. We diminish and even hold in contempt the natural family of a father and mother creating and then responsibly raising the next generation and then express dismay that kids feel no real connection to their families or even the concept of a family.”

If you missed the reference, that second sentence is a coded reference to both gay marriage and abortion.

Blame our feminized culture. Despite the widely reported heroism of the all female teachers and principals at Sandy Hook elementary, it’s always a good opportunity to call out how women aren’t up to the task, according to professional self-hater Charlotte Allen. “A feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm,” she wrote in the lead article in a National Review package on making sense of the tragedy. “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.”

How do we know the “male aggression” that is purportedly being expunged (those weak females have unseen powers!) will be protective and not destructive, as it was in the one man we know was on the premises that day? How is it that the principal who Allen concedes “lunged at Lanza, before he shot her to death” might have been bulletproof if she’d been lucky enough to be born male? Charlotte Allen will leave that to a strong man to answer. On the other hand, her piece is followed by a much less fire-breathing take from the president of Focus on the Family. Feminization abounds! Luckily, other contributors blamed abortion (several times).

Blame sexual frustration and/or bring up made-up black rapists. A piece posted and distributed by the head of Tea Party Nation earlier this week and spotted by ThinkProgress has lots of non-firearm blame to go around, but there are two bizarrely sexually charged gems:

Restrict the sex in movies, television, on the internet. There is a reason why young people commit these sorts of crimes, and sex plays no small part. Their passions are eternally inflamed, and they wander the Earth with no outlet for their overstimulated glands.

Megan Fox, Olivia Wilde, assorted cam girls — take your pick, but it’s your fault, and this burning is an eternal flame. These blameless, restlessly wandering creatures have never heard of masturbation, and thus have to take up arms. Author Timothy Birdnow urges parents to “monitor what your children watch, what they look at on the Internet. Make sure they dress modestly.”

He also calls for us to “engage in more frank discussion of race and culture.” OK, sounds interesting, how do you mean? “For far too long we have tiptoed around these issues, fearful of being branded a racist. If black thugs kidnap and rape a woman, ask if there is something in the black culture that fostered that. If an evil white kid murders a bunch of children at the school, ask the same question of the white community … We have to stop hiding from our respective national sins.”

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