It has happened again. Another school shooting just 60 miles from Washington, D.C., where a million school kids plan to demonstrate Saturday to plead for our elected officials to "Do Something" and stop the "bullshit" of doing nothing. Hundreds of gun events, threats and shootings have occurred nation wide, and this seems to be accelerating as our elected senators and congressmen continue their "Do Nothing" response. It appears that republican and "right-wing" politicians have been most aggressive in blocking any new laws or regulations.
Our kids, the students, have pointed out that these politicians "seem to be addicted to contributions and influence of the NRA and gun lobby, while we students are vulnerable to attack because of their greed. Seems like these politicians love their guns and money more than the children of America."
Our kids are asking for a number of things:
1. Elimination of bump stocks that cause semi-automatic guns to shoot like machine guns.
2. Limit the availability of AR- or military-type weapons and handguns that can shoot rapid-fire with clips of 7, 10 or even 30 rounds of bullets.
3. Block availability of guns to mentally ill or disturbed people, felons, or high-risk individuals.
4. Improve record-keeping of purchase and ownership of guns, requiring a waiting list for purchases and age limitations to buy highly lethal guns.
5. Make our schools, churches, theaters, and public gathering places safer.
6. Stop taking contributions from the NRA and gun lobby.
We have a daughter, and she will be out demonstrating, and we will be out there as well, to offer our support and encouragement. Our kids call themselves: "The kids who are dying because of blood money our politicians are taking."
Below, read the headline from the Associate Press, and weep....yet again.
GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — A teenager with a handgun shot a girl and boy inside his Maryland high school Tuesday before he was fatally wounded during a confrontation with a school resource officer, a sheriff said.
The officer and the teenager both fired a single shot at that point, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he took his own life or was killed by the officer’s bullet, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said. The other students were hospitalized in critical condition, and the officer was unharmed.
“When the shooting took place, our school resource officer, who was stationed inside the school, was alerted to the event and the shots being fired. He pursued the shooter and engaged the shooter, during which that engagement he fired a round at the shooter,” Cameron said.
“Simultaneously the shooter fired a round as well. So, in the hours to come, in the days to come, through a detailed investigation, we will be able to determine if our SRO’s round struck the shooter.”
This latest shooting comes as lawmakers nationwide face pressure to take action against gun violence following the Valentine’s Day killings of 17 people at a Florida high school by a teenager with an assault weapon. Maryland’s Senate joined the House Monday night to ban bump stocks, which enable a semi-automatic rifle to mimic a fully automatic weapon.
Outside the school, a line of about 20 school buses formed on the street in front of the building. Ambulances, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles crowded the parking lot and the street. No students or parents could be seen outside at mid morning.
The St. Mary’s County Public Schools said the situation was “contained” after the shooting at Great Mills High School, which has about 1,600 students and is near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, about 65 miles (104 kilometers) southeast of Washington.
Agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined deputies at the scene. The county sheriff said parents or guardians should stay away, urging them to go instead to Leonardtown High School to reunite with Great Mills students there.
Many students across the country are calling for effective gun controls, leading up to Saturday’s March For Our Lives rally in the nation’s capital against gun violence in schools. The violence hasn’t abated since the massacre in Parkland, Florida; A high school student in Birmingham, Alabama, was killed this month when a classmate fired a gun inside a classroom. Threats against schools have proliferated as well, and Great Mills High has not been immune.
Just last month, the school’s principal, Jake Heibel, told parents in a letter posted on the local news site The Bay Net that two students were interviewed after they were overheard mentioning a school shooting, and they were found to pose no threat. Heibel said the school increased its security nevertheless after social media posts about a possible school shooting “circulated quite extensively.”
Also last month, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s office said it arrested two teenage boys for “Threats of Mass Violence” and a 39-year-old man on related charges after the teens made threats about a potential school shooting at Leonard town High School, a high school about 10 miles from Great Mills. Police said they obtained a search warrant that led to them finding semi-automatic rifles, handguns and other weapons, along with ammunition.