A gunman (who shall not be named here) opened fire in at Great Mills High School in Maryland. This deranged shooter injured two students before the High School’s Safety Officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill, stepped in and used his gun to shoot and kill the gunman.
This is a clear example of a person with a gun stopping an attempted mass shooting.
Now let’s look at some of the federal and Maryland state gun laws in place that did not stop this gunman from attempting to go on a mass shooting.
- Maryland’s “assault weapons” ban
- Maryland’s 10 round magazine limit
- Maryland’s universal background check system
- Maryland’s exhaustive application process to obtain a permit to purchase a handgun
- Maryland’s law prohibiting the purchase of more than one firearm per month
- Maryland’s law requiring handgun registration
- Maryland’s law requiring licensing of handgun owners
- Maryland’s extremely limited approval of conceal carry permits
- Maryland’s refusal to honor conceal carry permits from other states
- Federal law prohibiting handgun ownership under 21
- Laws prohibiting carrying a handgun without a permit
- Gun free zones
- Laws against discharging a firearm in public
- Laws prohibiting murder
This is not an attempt to say that we should abandon all laws because criminals don’t follow them. This simply shows that laws restricting law-abiding citizens from exercising their rights do not stop criminals intent on doing harm. A good guy with a gun is the thing that stops criminals with a gun.
How do we stop school shootings?
Since 98.4% of mass shootings happen in gun free zones, the first thing we should do is end gun free zones and let citizens exercise their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
After that, we need a nation wide crackdown on bullying. While we do not yet know the motive of the Maryland shooter (again, his name will not be mentioned on this website), the motive for many school shootings in the past has stemmed from ostracized kids that were bullied. Making America a better place is how we keep our morals – laws don’t make citizens magically moral people.
From there, we should pursue any of the many ways to reduce violent crime in America that don’t infringe on the rights of Americans.