Just over a month after the infamous Parkland school shooting, Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland, is on lockdown Tuesday morning after a shooting. Authorities confirmed the lockdown, and that there was a shooting this morning, though not much else is currently known. According to one source, students are injured, and authorities have now confirmed that account to be true.
St. Mary’s County Public Schools officials, along with St. Mary’s Sherrif’s Office officials, both said that the situation is contained, and that further information will be forthcoming. Maryland State Police are responding to the incident, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are on their way to the scene. To the credit of local law enforcement, the School Resources Officer fired on the shooter, and may have even stopped the shooting.
There has been a Shooting at Great Mills High School. The school is on lock down the event is contained, the Sheriff's office is on the scene additional information to follow.
Parents/Guardians should go to Leonardtown HS for reunification with GMHS students
— SMCPS_MD (@SMCPS_MD) March 20, 2018
According to local sources, two students were injured when a student at the school brought a firearm to campus and fired on students.
The shooter was the only fatality, thankfully. Unlike the SRO at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the SRO at Great Mills High School hunted and engaged the shooter.
According to an account from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff, Tim Cameron, the GMHS School Resource Officer was alerted to the shooting, and went to find the shooter.
When he found the shooter, the SRO fired one shot at the shooter, who fired one shot at the SRO in response.
The SRO was not injured in the exchange, and it is not yet known if his shot connected with the shooter.
However, whether the unnamed SRO hit the shooter or not, it is apparent that this firefight, limited as it was, had some impact on the shooter, and on the shooter’s ability to carry out his violent attack.
The quick response and reaction of the SRO likely saved lives. Whoever this SRO is, they deserve praise and thanks, as they likely kept this shooting from turning into a massacre.
Of the students injured in the shooting, both were taken to the hospital. One, a female, was critically wounded, while the second, a male, was shot but in stable condition at the hospital.
Parents were instructed to go to Leonardtown High School for ‘reunification’ with their children who attend GMHS.
Great Mills is a suburb of Lexington Park, Maryland, a tiny city in the extreme south of the state with a population of just over 11,000 people.
At this point, little else is known about the shooting itself, and only one news agency (NBC Washington) claimed that there are confirmed injuries.
GMHS is located just over 60 miles away from Washington, D.C.
It’s interesting that Maryland would be home to a school shooting. Many Democrats hold the state up as one of the ten best examples of gun control ‘working’ in a state.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a pro-gun control organization more than two decades old, rated them as having the seventh-‘strongest’ (most restrictive) gun laws in the United States in 2015, awarding them 56 points out of 100 (California scored 76).
Maryland, in accordance with gun control advocates’ wishes, bans ‘assault weapons,’ here defined as a firearm with two or more specified features from an arbitrary list that includes GRENADE LAUNCHERS, flash suppressors, and folding stocks.
The state bars the manufacture or sale of magazines with 11-round or greater capacity in-state. The only way to legally get a standard-issue magazine in Maryland is to buy it out of state and bring it back, physically crossing the border with it on your person. That magazine can never be transferred within state lines, however.
Maryland requires EVERY transfer of firearms, even a private transfer, to go through an FFL, creating a de facto registry. They also require registration of every handgun sold.
When it comes to permits for concealed carry, Maryland is one of very few ‘may issue’ states left. ‘May issue’ means that the local government can decide to deny the permit or approve it at their whim.
Those wishing to conceal a firearm legally must also state a “good and substantial reasons” to do so in Maryland. Even with such a reason, getting a permit is very difficult.
Maryland, one of the states that gun control activists point to as an example of how gun control works (in their opinion), also has one of the highest-crime cities in the country, Baltimore. Maybe more laws aren’t a magical panacea for violent crime after all.
Shouldn’t this terrible incident prove to the most illogical liberals that gun control laws do not work… especially when a Georgia town that requires gun ownership consistently has the lowest violent crime rate in the nation?