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Ending Gun Violence in Schools More than Just Banning Guns

Maryland School Resource Officer Blaine Gaskill

March 24,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The handgun used in a shooting at a Maryland high school was legally owned by the gunman’s father, authorities said Wednesday. A reader replied to the sad story ,“I don’t understand. If a law was passed to outlaw a 17 year old from owning a gun how ever did he have a gun? He was breaking the law? What about the gun free school laws? Do you think he broke those too? How crazy is that?!? Why, if people keep breaking laws like that, how are we ever to keep our schools safe? I’m confused.”

Maryland generally prohibits any person under age 21 from possessing any “regulated firearm” (handgun or assault weapon).1 Maryland also prohibits any person from transferring a regulated firearm to a transferee who the person knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under 21 years of age.

Maryland also prohibits any person from selling, renting or transferring ammunition for a regulated firearm to a person under age 21, or any ammunition to a person under age 18.3 Maryland also prohibits the sale or transfer of a rifle or shotgun to a person under age 18.

Maryland law provides that a person “may not store or leave a loaded firearm in a location where the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised child would gain access to the firearm.”1 This section does not apply if:
The child’s access is supervised by an individual age 18 or older;
The child’s access was obtained as a result of unlawful entry;
The firearm is in the possession or control of a law enforcement officer while the officer is engaged in official duties; or
The child has a certificate of firearm and hunter safety.2
State administrative regulations may impose storage requirements in certain locations.

Federal law :

Dealers may not sell or deliver a handgun or ammunition for a handgun to any person the dealer has reasonable cause to believe is under age 21.

Unlicensed persons may not sell, deliver or otherwise transfer a handgun or handgun ammunition to any person the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under age 18, with certain exceptions



18 thoughts on “Ending Gun Violence in Schools More than Just Banning Guns

  1. Restricting gun access will save lives. I choose lives over amendments.

  2. Meanwhile, thousands of kids, spurred on and sponsored by Leftist organizers (including the Communist Party, USA, the local chapter of the most prolific mass murder movement of the 20th century, with 100+ million scalps to its credit) are protesting against guns, the NRA, Trump, etc. with little apparent concern for the fact that the school security of Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS is still under the command of the feckless, narcissistic and incompetent Sheriff Scott Israel.

  3. @12.45pm. Just like restricting drug access, right? You lefties love to argue the futility of banning drugs but you’re all over banning guns. I will agree with you that drug laws are useless and simply drive supply and demand into the black market. The exact same thing will happen with guns.

  4. Sensible gun laws at the federal level and local are all these people are looking for. They advocate moving beyond political party affiliation and to come together as Americans to do something meaningful. That’s what I plan to do.

  5. K, your ignorance of world history is showing. If your a product of the Ridgewood schools, I want my $110 million back. One can point to countless examples of government slaughter of innocents (due to having all/most of the weapons). Just in the 20th Century alone, please reference 60 million dead in China 1958-62, 2-7 million dead in the Ukraine during the Holomodor, the Holocaust. (Jews were disarmed in Nazi Germany), etc., etc., etc. Thanks, I’ll keep my Bill of Rights (intact) and the lives it protects. The authorities had all the laws they needed in the Parkland case already on the books and they blew it. If you want stricter gun laws, move to Venezuela. The weather is great and you’ll be sure to lose those extra pounds from the winter on the “Maduro Diet”.

  6. What more sensible law is needed than the two laws (at least) broken by the most recent shooter? He was not legally allowed to carry the weapon he had. What difference will more laws make? “Well now it’s really super illegal!” He would have broken four or five laws instead of two or three? Do you realize how crazy it is to think that will change a single thing? Secure the schools like we secure jewelry stores. What’s more valuable? Your kids or your diamond ring?

  7. That Bill of Rights is regulated my freedom of speech prohibits me from yelling fire in a theater or spouting hate speech. Why do you assume your 2nd amendment has no limits? If you think you need an arsenal of weapons to protect your family you might want to think about where you live. There are plenty of studies that show restrictions to guns saves lives. Just a hint you won’t find it on the NRA a organization that actually tries to sell itself as,a civil rights organization but is nothing more that a overly powerful lobbying group who have many of congressmen in their clutches.

    1. like Chicago or Mexico ? , fyi NRA does not even make the top 10 in lobbying money

      US Chamber of Commerce
      National Assn of Realtors
      Business Roundtable
      Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America
      Blue Cross/Blue Shield
      American Hospital Assn
      American Medical Assn
      Alphabet Inc
      AT&T Inc
      Boeing Co
      Open Society Policy Center
      National Assn of Broadcasters
      Comcast Corp
      Lockheed Martin
      Southern Co
      National Retail Federation
      NCTA The Internet & Television Assn
      Oracle Corp

    2. Top 50 Lobbying Spenders of 2016
      2016 Spending
      2015 Spending
      2015 Rank
      U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      National Association of Realtors
      Blue Cross Blue Shield
      American Hospital Association
      Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America
      American Medical Association
      National Association of Broadcasters
      Business Roundtable
      Southern Co.
      Dow Chemical
      Lockheed Martin
      NCTA – The Internet and Telephone Assoc.
      Northrop Grumman
      Exxon Mobil
      General Dynamics
      Verizon Communications
      Altria Group
      Koch Industries
      American Bankers Association
      Prudential Financial
      Biotechnology Innovation Organization
      United Technologies
      American Chemistry Council
      Royal Dutch Shell
      Edison Electric Institute
      General Motors
      National Association of Manufacturers
      National Amusements (CBS & Viacom)
      American Airlines
      United Parcel Service
      Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
      Securities Industry & Financial Market Assoc.

      Data provided to The Hill by the Center for Responsive Politics,

  8. Our attitude about owning guns needs to change. Watch shows on NRA TV. They glorify guns. Video games as well. Some movies too. I don’t consider myself a prude and I believe many are exposed to violence at too early an age.

  9. 9 39. Agree. Protect our children like we protect our possessions. Arm the schools. Pay for trained smart and good security. Let the teachers teach, the kids be kids and protect them.

  10. Countries with stricter gun control laws do not have mass shootings to the degree we do or not at all. The NRA may not be at the top of the list in lobbying expenditures but they get more bang for the buck because their supporters are often one issue voters. Their money is targeted at politicians in areas most likely to be influenced. The activism coming from the students is working. Florida has made changes in their gun laws under a governor who was immoveable on the issue. Our founding fathers never intended for the 2nd amendment to allow for civilians to be walking around with military grade weapons to be used on their own people. They were not omniscient. They made laws for the times they lived in. The NRA was formed after the civil war because of the terrible shooting skills of the soldiers and the tremendous waste of ammunition. 80 percent of us want sensible gun legislation. That makes us the overwhelming majority and we cross all party lines. Our elected officials need to be listening.

    1. Myth: Countries with strict gun control have less crime
      Fact: In America, we can demonstrate that private ownership of guns reduces crime, but from country to country there is no correlation between gun availability and the violent crime rate. Consider this:

      Crime Rate
      Gun Availability
      United States
      Or, to use detailed data, we can contrast the per capita homicide rate with the per capita gun ownership rate between different industrialized countries (see graph below). Contrasting the data shows zero correlation between the availability of guns and the overall homicide rate.
      Fact: Countries with the strictest gun-control laws also tended to have the highest homicide rates. 1
      Fact: According to the U.N., as of 2005, Scotland was the most violent country in the developed world, with people three times more likely to be assaulted than in America. Violent crime there has doubled over the last 20 years. 3% of Scots had been victims of assault compared with 1.2% in America. 2
      Fact: “… the major surveys completed in the past 20 years or more provides no evidence of any relationship between the total number of legally held firearms in society and the rate of armed crime. Nor is there a relationship between the severity of controls imposed in various countries or the mass of bureaucracy involved with many control systems with the apparent ease of access to firearms by criminals and terrorists.” 3
      Fact: Even if we examine just firearm ownership and firearm homicide by country, we see no correlation between the two. 4
      Fact: Switzerland has relatively lenient gun control for Europe 5, and has the third-lowest homicide rate of the top nine major European countries, and the same per capita rate as England and Wales, where restrictions are much tighter. 6
      Fact: Indeed, the Swiss basically have a military rifle in nearly every closest. “Everybody who has served in the army is allowed to keep their personal weapon, even after the end of their military service.” 7
      Fact: “We don’t have as many guns [in Brazil] as the United States, but we use them more.” 8 Brazil has mandatory licensing, registration, and maximum personal ownership quotas. It now bans any new sales to private citizens. Their homicide rate is almost three (3) times higher than the U.S. 9
      Fact: In Canada around 1920, before there was any form of gun control, their homicide rate was 7% of the U.S rate. By 1986, and after significant gun control legislation, Canada’s homicide rate was 35% of the U.S. rate – a significant increase. 10 In 2003, Canada had a violent crime rate more than double that of the U.S. (963 vs. 475 per 100,000). 11
      Fact: One study of Canadian firearm law and homicide rates spanning 34 years “failed to demonstrate a beneficial association between legislation and firearm homicide rates” for three major gun control bills. 12
      Fact: Many of the countries with the strictest gun control have the highest rates of violent crime. Australia and England, which have virtually banned gun ownership, have the highest rates of robbery, sexual assault, and assault with force of the top 17 industrialized countries. 13
      Fact: The crime rate is 66% higher in four Canadian Prairie Provinces than in the northern US states across the border. 14
      Fact: Strict controls over existing arms failed in Finland. Despite needs-based licensing, storage laws and transportation restrictions, 15 Finland experienced a multiple killing school shooting in 2007. 16

  11. Let’s see liberal Hollywood take the lead then, by not making/showing movies and TV shows about violence crime with guns. Why aren’t the Upper West Siders and Brooklyn coffee house crowds demanding this?

  12. Forget banning guns… Lets just make MURDER illegal.
    That will solve the problem.
    Its so simple.
    I wonder why nobody thought of this sooner.

  13. 9:51 and 7:05,
    You make simple arguments designed to hide the fact that 1) the NRA is a lobby group which gets its funds from its millions of law-abiding CITIZEN members (who vote accordingly), not a corporate treasury or union dues forcibly extracted from workers and 2) we already had in place all the laws necessary to have prevented Parkland, but the local and Federal government blew it badly in about a dozen different ways. The “March to Consolidate Coercive Power in the Hands of the Corrupt, Incompetent and Apathetic” was a Leftist-organized exploitation of poorly-informed kids to stifle reasoned, fact-based debate on this topic. They noticably excluded Andrew Pollack and Parkland students who deviated from the anti-gun myopia and shamefully used children to bash the NRA, Trump (but not Sheriff Israel) and register voters for Democrat demagogues who use crisis to further their agenda and quite frankly, can’t wait for the next shooting to occur.

  14. 10:42, quite the opposite. The founding fathers designed the Constitution to deal with the eternal truth that national government USUALLY accumulate and abuse power and wanted the citizenry to have the ability to resist threats to their liberties. There is no mention nor even spirit in the language of the Constitution or Federalist Papers that law-abiding citizens be limited to weapons inferior to that of the military. There is AMPLE evidence that the founders wanted the citizenry to be able to DEFEAT a regular army (not to mention the paramilitaries of the blue windbreaker agencies FBI, DEA, ATF, IRS, etc. whose very existence would have chapped their @ss) if used to infringe on civil liberties. If you find such language, please feel free to share it.

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