aside In Just Outside Of A Month, There Was Another High School Shooting In Maryland

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There has been another High School shooting just outside of a month when the Parkland High School in Florida mass shooting had occurred mid February 2018. Within a week, young peoples will be marching for additional gun control laws, being held in cities across the USA on the 24th of March 2018.

In the morning of the 20th of March, there has been as shooting at Great Mills High School which occurred around 8 am in a location in St Mary’s County, Maryland, about 70 miles south of the Washington DC area. This time the shooter had a hand gun where a teenage girl and a male were shot before he was confronted by the school resource officer where he was fatally shot. The resource officer was not injured. Immediately after shots were heard, there was a lock down. Both the young victims were taken to local trauma centers where both have been declared as being in critical condition. The other young peoples were bused to a nearby school to be met by their parents.

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Here is the rest of the story…

On March 20, 2018, Alana Abramson of Time penned the following report, “Multiple Injuries Reported in Shooting at Maryland High School”


Multiple people have been injured in a school shooting in Maryland.

Authorities confirmed that Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, about 70 miles south of Washington, D.C, went into lockdown around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

About 15 minutes later the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the “the event is contained.”.

“A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told the Associated Press there are injuries, but did not provide further details about the number of injuries or the severity of them.”

(He said)”Students are currently being evacuated and bused to nearby Leonardtown High School, where parents can pick up their children. ”

“Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said his office was monitoring the situation, and that Maryland State Police is in touch with local law enforcement. “Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders,” Hogan wrote on Twitter. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said special agents were en route to the school.”


    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      This copycat shooter just lost his life. My prayers like yours are for the two victims. Still this is a repeat tragedy that should not be happening.

      Hugs, Gronda


  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    I just listened to a news report from FOX Entertainment about this incident and it was almost disgusting to listen to. They spent very little time on the actual shooting and the kids involved, but quickly brought out that it was a school resource officer with a gun that saved the day(good guy with a gun)! They kept stressing that this was not a school shooting but instead a shooting at a school, as if they were trying to toe the NRA line and make sure that we know there was a huge difference between this shooting and the one in Florida. Does it matter more/less if you die in a school shooting than if you die in a shooting at a school? Regardless of how you word the shooting a child with a gun and a child’s death occurred, and something has to be done as a nation to at least slow down this trend…


    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      You are so right. This was a school shooting. It is one thing for a trained officer to confront a perpetrator with a hand gun instead of a shooter with an AR 15. This is the main difference in these shooting tragedies. The shooter in MD. was not able to shoot numerous students within seconds and he was more easily confronted.

      Any comparisons between the two beyond the difference in weaponry is not reasonable.

      Hugs, Gronda


  2. Gronda, plaudits to the school security guard. Yet, we have one more shooting at a school and the year is still in its first quarter. We will have more. It is time for the parents in various legislatures to do what is needed. There are tangible actions even without the elimination of certain guns that will help – background checks on all sales, elongated waiting periods, overturning legislation that added Social Security mental health recipients to eligible gun rolls, CDC tracking gun deaths which has been prevented by Congress budgets, accelerated judicial review to allow temporary seizure of guns from legitimate perceived threats, finger printed triggers, et all. I would do more, but these changes would help. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      Notice the difference between this shooting in MD and the one in FL. MD has a 2013 law barring the sale of semi automatic weapons. In short the MD shooter with a hand gun was not able to shoot numerous students in seconds. He was more easily confronted by a resource officer with a gun. The shooter was fatally wounded but the officer was not injured. The 2 wounded kids were rushed to medical centers where they are in critical medical condition.

      I’m with Crustyolemothman on this one. I noticed that the press was giving kudos to the school resource officer, and rightfully so. But the reality is that this is what an officer is trained for versus confronting a shooter with an AR15.

      The kudos should be for the school appropriately dealing with a traumatic situation and for the State of Maryland having adequate gun laws. If the two victims survive, there should be some very grateful parents.

      Hugs, Gronda


  3. Gronda, in light of the fact that it is extremely unlikely that Congress and the NRA lapdog in the White House will enact better gun control, can each individual state act on its own in this regard?

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    • Dear John Fioravanti,

      The answer is YES!

      As per Wikipedia, “On April 4, 2013, the Maryland General Assembly approved legislation imposing significant new restrictions on gun ownership. The bills ban the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms that they define as assault weapons, limit magazine capacity to ten rounds, require that handgun purchasers be fingerprinted and pass a training class in order to obtain a handgun license, and bar persons who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health institution from possessing firearms.”

      As I just commented with Crustyolemothman, the difference between the shootings in Maryland versus Florida is that the shooter in Maryland did not have access to an AR15. This means that the shooter could not gun down numerous students within seconds and that he was more easily confronted by a school resource officer with a gun. The resource officer was not injured but the shooter was fatally wounded. The two victims were rushed to medical centers and they are both in critical condition.

      The difference is that the MD shooter did not have easy access to an AR15.

      Hugs, Gronda


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