Proposed Law to Allow Armed Police Inside Baltimore Schools Fails

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Proposed Law to Allow Armed Police Inside Baltimore Schools Fails

Baltimore, MD-(Ammoland.com)- Baltimore is one of the most violent cities in America. Even though Maryland has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country the use of illegal guns in crimes is rampant across the city. Homicides are at an all-time record high level.

Gang violence has inundated the Baltimore school system. One Baltimore school saw seven students killed in just 15 months. According to the local Baltimore CBS affiliate, WJZ13 several teachers and staff members have been attacked this school year. One school nurse talking to Fox45 described working in a Baltimore school as akin to going to war every day.

With all this violence in schools, it is up to the school board to protect the students and the staff members. They have decided the best way to protect their wards is for them to uphold a rule by a vote of 10-0 that bans police officers from carrying a gun within the school grounds.

State Del. Cheryl D. Glenn introduced HB31 which would have changed that law and allowed police to carry guns within the schools, but the Democrat had to withdraw the bill when it became apparent that neither the school board nor Mayor Catherine Pugh supported the bill.

The current law requires that school resource officers secure their sidearms during the day thus leaving them unarmed to respond to an incident that happens during the school day. Last year school resource officer, Blaine Gaskill, was able to stop a mass shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

In that case, a student shot his former girlfriend. Before the student could shoot any other students, Gaskill responded to the scene and was able to shoot and kill the suspect. Students, parents, and teachers hail Gaskill as a hero. They say that he saved the life of multiple students that day.

This failed attempt to change the law to allow police to carry firearms inside the school is the second attempt to allow police to be armed. In 2015 another bill was introduced into the legislature, but that bill was voted down by the mostly Democratic legislative body.

Parents worry that by arming police, it will allow the police to arrest more students. They feel that these arrests unfairly target black students. Out of the 90 arrests last year in Baltimore City school 89 of those arrested by police were black. Parents and activist believe that this shows systematic racism within Baltimore schools by the police. Blacks make up 63% of the student body of Baltimore’s schools.

Some parents argued at a recent school board meeting that armed police do not stop school shootings. The parents used the Parkland Florida shooting as an example. In that case, SRO Scot Peterson cowered outside the school as the mass shooting was carried out.

At the last school board meeting the student group “Baltimore Algebra Project” loudly protested the idea of allowing police to carry guns in schools.

The far left student group chanted “no guns in school” and “We gonna fight for our lives.”

The Fraternal Order of Police argued that there has never been a study that showed having armed police in schools makes the school more dangerous. They argued the opposite. Their theory is that by allowing police to carry their firearms inside school grounds it makes the schools safer. Their arguments fall on deaf ears when it comes to the school board.

Baltimore is the only school district in Maryland that prevents law enforcement officers from carrying their sidearms.


About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.

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tracy
tracy
2 years ago

WOW,

We can’t let police be armed at our schools because they are racists.

How do you argue with that logic?

Docduracoat
Docduracoat
2 years ago

Wow, just wow.
I also do not get how the armed police arrest black kids more often.
It’s only common sense that someone should be armed to protect the children.
If they don’t trust the cops, arm private guards or even the school janitors.
The pattern is that these cowards stop as soon as they get armed resistance.
I guess the school board wants to wait until armed police arrive from the station

Harry Edmunds
Harry Edmunds
2 years ago

If I were the Chief of Police in Baltimore, I would inform the school board that none of my officers would set foot on school property. No resource officers, no response to an active shooter report and no crime scene investigation. Nothing. Let the school board do it themselves. However, I’m sure the DemocRAT, head-up-her-ass Mayor won’t allow that to happen. Maybe the police officer’s union should file a lawsuit against the school board for putting their officers in grave danger.

Michael J
Michael J
2 years ago

A simple solution is to hold those who may disarm any law enforcement officers when carnage occurs. They must be charged in criminal and civil courts and held personally responsible for any outcome as a result of their asinine
policies that would result in death or injury. Unarmed law inforcement is as stupid as those who demand it.

Chris Mallory
Chris Mallory
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael J

Cops have proven time and again that they are not responsible enough to carry weapons while employed by the citizens. Citizens should be armed, not government employees.

Gray Man
Gray Man
2 years ago

As a LEO I understand we all must stand together to protect our Constitutional rights. Only a fool would think that LEOs would be allowed to keep their guns after everyone else has been disarmed. The Feds don’t trust state and local LE.

Vanns40
Vanns40
2 years ago
Reply to  Gray Man

As a retired LEO I laughed when I saw this and my immediate reaction to the Baltimore Police was “how do you like it when the shoe’s on the other foot?”. Now they are no longer members of the “only ones” and are relegated to the same status of disarmed and defenseless as they have put the citizens in. Will they learn, of course not. They’ll just whine and howl about how they’re special and not like everyone else and don’t deserve to be treated this way. Funny they feel that way when it’s their lives on the line but… Read more »

Bruce
Bruce
2 years ago
Reply to  Vanns40

Hey Vanns40, are you sure you are a retired LEO? Sounds like you might of been fired or a police academy drop-out! Active police are charged with enforcing the law and NOT YOU, retired or not! Active police are responsible for responding to deadly violent situations and handling it, NOT YOU! Active police risk their lives conducting their duties and are permitted under the law to arrest people and kill if they have too under the law, NOT YOU! The ” ONLY ” people I want in a school with a firearm is a police officer or ” highly ”… Read more »

Chris Mallory
Chris Mallory
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce

Sorry Bruce. Cops are delegated powers by the citizens. We cannot delegate powers we do not already have.

The only reason LEO’S exist is to collect money from citizens.

tomcat
tomcat
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce

Bruce You speak out of the side of your mouth by ASSUMING that Vans40 is not a well respected retired LEO. I have been on this site for several years and during that time I have observed Vanns reaction to and comment to many problems and controversial subjects. You, being new here, have no idea what you are talking about. I believe Vanns is a retired Federal LEO and he knows his business. You are attacking him over the Baltimore, Maryland police and the administration, one of the nastiest places in this country. Get real.

Roy D.
Roy D.
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce

Bruce, just so you know, I am a retired Fed LEO. I call the cops either because they need to do a clean up on aisle five or to prevent there being a need to do a clean up on aisle five. Otherwise I’ll do what needs to be done myself. Or not do anything at all. A number of years ago a handful of my city’s officers were fired and or resigned and several were demoted because a few of them decided to get BJs from a store clerk or not report their knowledge of it. As far as… Read more »

Vanns40
Vanns40
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce

Hey Bruce, sorry to have to break it to you but the police have NO duty to protect the individual, just society as a whole. You might want to read up on court decisions related to that. Also, just because I was a LEO doesn’t mean I was also a hypocrite. I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and that includes the Second Amendment. I don’t care what you believe or what you want in the schools, it’s irrelevant. The facts are that law abiding citizens have the Right (note the capital “R” Bruce) to defend themselves… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce

, You have so much wrong that I hardly know where to begin. Have you never heard of “citizens’ arrest”? What is it that makes you think that police are “permitted” to kill people” if they have too” (sic)? Do you not know that the law of self defense applies to police and to citizens, equally. What makes you think that you know enough about Vann to make your inflammatory statements?
Perhaps you should allow yourself a reflective moment.

Mark Zanghetti
Mark Zanghetti
2 years ago
Reply to  Gray Man

I had never taken my thinking that far but I will agree with you almost instantly upon reflection due to the ego that Federal Law Enforcement usually exhibits. I just never believed with the 2A we would ever get to that point, and I hope I am not alive to see it happen.

DWEEZIL THE WEASEL
DWEEZIL THE WEASEL
2 years ago

When you sew the wind, you reap the whirlwind. I believe that is from the Good Book. Having worked as a Teachers Aide in an almost all-white high school in Idaho, I can affirm the earlier comment that the lunatics are running the asylum. These “Progressives” as they call themselves will always tell you how smart they are and that they know better. Well, the smart parents are sacrificing to put their children in private schools or they are home schooling them. The politically correct concrete killing grounds are also nothing more than the Leviathan’s indoctrination centers which, thanks to… Read more »

joefoam
joefoam
2 years ago

Any student that is stupid enough to ignore the fact that mass shootings are carried out in ‘gun free zones’ and would chant out for more, demonstrate the indoctrination they are getting in their schools. Teachers and administrators put these ideas in their heads.

Vincent Brady
Vincent Brady
2 years ago

Lunatics are in charge of the asylum and parent idiots think its’ OK!

JPM
JPM
2 years ago

I have written on the big Urban centers across the nation as nests of liberals and left wing nuts. They drive the misplaced and misdirected laws and elections. Thank God and the Founding Fathers for the Electoral College. I only pray that in the near future the States will enact their own versions, but given the voting blocks are all Urban in the states, it will be an uphill, if not impossible task, not unlike term limits.

JPM
JPM
2 years ago
Reply to  JPM

Written OFF, not ON, my bad.

BillyM
BillyM
2 years ago

Until we have affordable technology to screen all persons and packages, this is one of the best ways to stop a mass shooting. Historically, mass shooters very seldom put up a fight. That is why they prefer gun free kill zones. For the last 25 years, I have always had a firearm nearby and ready. Have never needed to use it. Also, I don’t get the connection between cops armed and more arrests unless a cop is not allowed to arrest someone unless he is armed or is afraid to try? Alas, I don’t live in Maryland and I am… Read more »

m.
m.
2 years ago

if you don’t want to be “affected” in a disproportionate manner, then stop offending in disproportionate numbers.

Carrucan
Carrucan
2 years ago

“In that case, SRO Scot Peterson coward outside the school as the mass shooting was carried out.”

I think you mean cowered outside, but I can see where the Freudian is appropriate.

F Riehl, Editor in Chief
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Reply to  Carrucan

Freudian Slip, good catch.

m.
m.
2 years ago

excellent d-rat logic. no guns during the period when an attack is most likely to happen. to be expected, when something happens – another excuse to confiscate & exterminate heir enemies.

m.
m.
2 years ago
Reply to  m.

spelling …their enemies…