Since last week's elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., the nation has plunged into soul-searching about what could have stopped it.
The answer was clear to one National Review Online writer: More men.
"In general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm," Charlotte Allen wrote. "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. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza."
Allen's column has set off a firestorm of criticism on the internet, including a strongly worded column from National Review Online's own founding editor, Jonah Goldberg.
"Her effort to blame this tragedy, at least partly, on the fact that it was a 'feminized' setting strikes me as somewhat perverse," wrote Goldberg, who is now National Review Online's editor-at-large. "Plenty of men have been killed in other mass slaughters, some of them in the process of trying to tackle the shooter."
Goldberg notes that the Sandy Hook elementary school principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who is being widely hailed as a hero, was killed lunging at the shooter to try to stop him.