The echoes from Tuesday’s school shooting in Maryland had barely faded from the air before the gun-grabbers’ litany of “more laws, more laws” started.
But one huge fact about the gunman and the weapon he used has already emerged that blows one gun control argument out of the water, and it proves the left-wing narrative adopted by so much of the mainstream media is falling apart.
It should be as dead as the would-be killer who struck at Great Mills High School.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Maryland’s tough gun control laws make it difficult for even adults to possess the Glock handgun 17-year-old Austin Rollins was wielding when he was shot to death in a confrontation with an alert sheriff’s deputy stationed at the school.
Yet those same laws, which liberals love so much, did nothing to prevent the teenager from shooting at least one fellow student, a 16-year-old girl.
Another student, a 14-year-old, was also wounded in the shooting, but it wasn’t clear exactly how that occurred. It also wasn’t clear whether the gunman died from a bullet from the deputy’s gun or shot himself.
What is clear is that what Second Amendment supporters have been saying all along is absolutely true:
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
In the Maryland case, according to another Baltimore Sun report, that good guy was Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, the school resource officer assigned to Great Mills High.
“He responded exactly as we train our personnel to respond,” St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron told the Sun. Whether Gaskill shot Rollins or Rollins shot himself, the violence ended when the deputy appeared on the scene.
And that’s the real lesson here.
When President Donald Trump proposed arming teachers in response to the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Democrats and their media supporters went berserk.
The only way to prevent future school shootings, they insisted was more laws to make it more difficult for more people to buy weapons.
Florida lawmakers even responded to intense public pressure — and disgracefully manipulated high school students — with a new law that, among other things, makes 21 the age at which a person may legally purchase a gun in the Sunshine State. (The National Rifle Association immediately filed a federal lawsuit to block the law.)
Whether such a law would have stopped the Parkland gunman is unknowable. But it is known that Maryland had a law prohibiting a person under 21 from owning a weapon like the one used by the Great Mills High attacker — and it didn’t stop the attack.
The bottom line is what gun rights advocates have long maintained: Laws don’t stop criminals – by definition, criminals don’t care about laws. The police can’t be everywhere, all the time — and no one would want to live in a society where they were.
Every human being on earth has a God-given right to self-defense, and the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the American people the right to own firearms.
If the Great Mills shooting proved anything, it’s that the liberal knee-jerk reaction of responding to any shooting by demanding more laws isn’t just wrong. It’s dead wrong.
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