Baltimore reporter interviews students who want “guns gone”

government solve all problems

Utopia for some. Unrealistic in the real world.

As you know Maryland has VERY strict gun control laws. Here’s a sample:

  • Magazine capacity restrictions: Illegal to purchase, sell or manufacture magazines with a capacity of greater than 10 rounds within Maryland. However, possession of magazines greater than 10 rounds is legal if purchased out of state. These may not, however, be transferred to a subsequent owner unless done so outside the state of Maryland.
  • Background checks required for private sales: All private transfers of regulated firearms (handguns or assault weapons) must be processed through a licensed dealer or designated law enforcement agency which must conduct a background check on the buyer.
  • “Weapons of War” ban:Maryland’s ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld by a federal appeals court in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent. “For a law-abiding citizen who, for whatever reason, chooses to protect his home with a semi-automatic rifle instead of a semi-automatic handgun, Maryland’s law clearly imposes a significant burden on the exercise of the right to arm oneself at home, and it should at least be subject to strict scrutiny review before it is allowed to stand.”
  • Regulated firearms according to Maryland State Police: “Regulated firearm. — “Regulated firearm” means: (1) a handgun; or (2) a firearm that is any of the following specific assault weapons or their copies, regardless of which company produced and manufactured that assault weapon: See the full list here (which includes Bushmaster semi-auto rifle.)
  • Regulated Firearm Purchases (also from the Maryland State Police): “Any person who wishes to purchase, rent, or transfer a regulated firearm must complete a MSP 77R Application and Affidavit to purchase a regulated firearm. This includes individuals acquiring a regulated firearm through a firearm dealer, secondary sale/private sale, gift, or a person who wishes to voluntarily register a regulated firearm shall complete a Maryland State Police Application and Affidavit to Purchase a Regulated Firearm (MSP 77R).”

If you’d like to try and decipher the complete range of gun laws in Maryland you are welcome to do so here.  It is vast and the Maryland legislature web site is not search-friendly.

The gun control laws in Baltimore DON’T stop the criminals. We’ve done many blog posts about the gun violence that permeates Baltimore. See the following:

As for the last bulleted item, Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector did a report on January 1, 2018 and interviewed kids from Excel Academy, a high school that provides second chances for troubled or vulnerable youth.  The students didn’t offer much in the way of solutions to the gun violence they face other than getting involved in political campaigns. As one student said, “she doesn’t know what 2018 will bring.”

Now, after the Parkland shooting, reporter Rector revisited the kids at Excel Academy on March 1 and this time they offered more concrete solutions. Here are some solutions the kids offered as “they want leaders to listen to what they have to say:”

  • Install metal detectors at all schools. (This is one idea that I support.)
  • Better background checks. (The NICS is only as good as the information reported and entered in the database and government agencies responsible for maintaining these records have a track record of failing to forward information to NICS.)
  • More laws and restrictions to keep guns out of the hands of those with violent tendencies or mental illness. (There are hundreds of gun laws in Maryland to prevent this from already happening.)
  • Police need to end the firearm black market. Problem is, as students said, they don’t understand why police seem oblivious to the city’s robust underground gun trade. As one student said, “…buying a gun on the black market in Baltimore is much too easy. It’s as easy was walking down the street. (If it is that easy to buy a gun on the black market, why aren’t local law enforcement officials doing anything to stop the proliferation of easy access to illegal guns?)
  • Firearm training for those who wish to purchase a gun. (Any law-abiding citizen and supporter of the Second Amendment will ensure they are trained. Are more government agencies going to be responsible for guaranteeing this item is fulfilled? The same government agencies that can’t properly update the NICS database are now going to ensure that you are “properly trained” to own a firearm?)
  • And their other solution? They want guns gone, including the AR-15 and handguns associated with most of the killings in Baltimore. (Just one little detail stopping that, kids: the Second Amendment.)

There’s a common theme among the students’ solutions to gun violence: more government action is needed.

The government and their laws designed to protect people didn’t stop the Parkland school shooter. The shooter could have faced charges before his massacre had law enforcement done their job. According to the Miami Herald, “the shooter threatened classmates, posted photos of himself holding guns, made violent statements online and was repeatedly described to authorities as a potential “school shooter.

His troubling behavior gave law enforcement plenty of opportunities to investigate and arrest him — and even take away his guns — long before he shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, according to interviews with former South Florida prosecutors and legal experts (read the whole story here).”

Here’s my question: If government agencies can’t/won’t enforce current laws, what makes the kids believe that more bureaucracy will solve the problem? And what makes them think criminals will obey more gun control laws?

While I feel for the kids who are scared, looking to the government to solve Baltimore’s gun violence is not the solution. Proof of city officials’ dismal failure to protect their citizens is in their crime statistics.


9 responses to “Baltimore reporter interviews students who want “guns gone”

  1. “Better background checks.” All the information needed was openly presented numerous times. Were the deputies who stayed outside told to do that?

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  2. Good I like what the millennial proposed, however, some of those guns I’ll keep, the rest I’ll gift them to anybody that wants one, that is law abiding citizens, that way we can be armed to our teeth and defending,what is rightfully OURS. BTW do the parents own any protection, ah, bet is an alarm they no longer can make the payments, assholes!

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  3. DCG, I concur that metal detectors are essential for school safety,
    especially in gang-infested areas. I taught at an inner-city high
    school for decades until retirement. The high school was renown
    locally for resembling a high-security prison.
    1) 12-foot high steel fence with curved sharpened points at top
    surrounded the school and all parking lots. Parking lot entries
    guarded and then locked all day when morning bell rang. Teachers coming late to school risked theft, vandalism, etc. of their vehicles.
    Leaving school early required an act of Congress. The
    highly paid principal drove a run-down clunker to school after
    his fancy cars had been attacked by home-made grenades,
    paint, etc.
    2) All exterior-facing windows were covered by bullet-proof
    metal bars. Supposedly only elephant guns could penetrate
    the bars, which happened one time in my classroom.
    Left a hole in the wall right where I gave chemistry
    lectures. Luckily it occurred before class.
    3) 12 full-time armed policemen were assigned to the
    school permanently.
    4) Paddy wagon pulled before up lunch daily to accommodate
    the student fighters.
    5) Daily food fights (3000+ students) at lunch required
    a large team of janitors to clean up afterwards.
    6) All fire alarm boxes were in turn encased in boxes
    that had alarms. When a prankster opened the outer
    one, we teachers rushed out and grabbed the offender.
    Before double-alarms we spent much of the school
    year out on the PE field. I used a polaroid camera
    to take pix in case the offender escaped. If we
    didn’t know the offender’s identity, someone in
    the Dean’s Office almost certainly would.

    A year after I retired, they fired all the teachers
    and turned the school into a de facto charter school.
    Now manned perpetually by Teacher for America
    volunteers. 50% staff turnover yearly.
    The bleeding hearts tore down the 12-foot fence
    so gangs now roam with impunity.
    One teacher wrote a book entitled “We call
    this education?” Never published because
    of lawsuits. great reading.

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    • I am curious Gary, Was this school predominantly Black or was there a sizable White population? Wondering if the White students have devolved into the same level of behavior as the Blacks or what as after reading the following article, from this teacher, Black students seem to be the issue as far as not wanting to learn and violence.

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      • That was excellent. I’d read that before. Having spent the eighth grade in a school like that I can attest to the correctness of everything he said. The sad truth is that things are not what the liberals wish they were. None of them are every going to admit that there are fundamental differences that cannot be overcome with silly attempts at conditioning.

        The Rhodesian remarks are spot on the money. This is like taking another species, dressing it up and expecting it to become something it isn’t. Having a grasp on reality won’t fix this problem, but it will at least go a long way toward finding realistic responses to the problems this engenders.

        Nice work. Some people just have to come to grips with things as they are.

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        • Well sadly the controllers know very well there is a difference, and exactly what the state of things are, else they would not be positioning these low IQ, highly impulsive people into being the dominant class. The rest of the tools will find out once it is too late…. and even then there is that thing they call cognitive dissonance where people live in a state of relative insanity because they refuse to see, or dare not think for themselves.
          Since I have awakened to the reality of this issue, I have often wondered why in the world God, or whomever is responsible for the set up down here on Earth, would put such disparate races on the same planet. After reading that article myself as well as the one that Dr. Eowyn did ( posted below ) a while back by the public defender, It seems so sad, and hopeless, for society as a whole, and for anyone who has do endure living in proximity to the people described. I honor all people as children of God who deserve dignity, however in general ( with exceptions) I see little evidence of harmony when different races are living together- it is more like everyone just tolerates one another. Each in general seems to prefer their own because they want to be with what is familiar, and with those who are like themselves .Even after all the years together in South Africa while people have lived side by side, there is little mingling socially. I have listened to numerous South Africans describe life there and one young woman testified how terrible it was to live in the same neighborhood as the Blacks because they were so loud that you could hear every word of their conversion across the street and in general acted like they were still living in the Bush. In kind, a minister and missionary I know who has his own orphanage, and other programs to help Africans, and is filled with compassion and the love of God has told me that as whole they seem to be incapable of governing themselves.

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    • Whoa, Gary! Did you receive a bonus “combat pay?” Do you have post-traumatic stress syndrome since retiring? You were truly on the FRONT LINES of the ugliest and most dangerous “fronts” in America today….and for you, it truly was a ‘front” b/c you could not leave or avoid, like others who might encounter such a situation & have the choice of keeping a distance.

      IMO, one of the dumbest things that ever happened to American Education was the (financially motivated….supposedly, and also a product of equalizing the racial balance in schools during the Civil Rights era….not so much “necessary” these days—& couldn’t they have done it while STILL maintaining the smaller neighborhood schools….busing is busing…no matter to where) move from smaller, local/neighborhood schools (where everyone knew your name….your family…your “story” and you walked to school unless you lived out in the boonies) into these huge “mega,” centralized-attendance area schools. 3,000 bodies in one 4-yr HS (abt 750 per grade level) is far too much to manage or to endure if you are a student. I teach in a middle school (3 years of grades—6,7,8) that serves between 1500-1700….which means, about 500-540 per grade level. THIS is hardly manageable and the kids KNOW IT and take advantage of it!

      Also putting a “monkey wrench” in managing behavior these days is the whole “process” of delivering “consequences” set up by the administrations. All branches of “ology” that study human behavior in the past and present…understand that the ONLY consequences that reform behavior in almost any age group, but under 18 in particular—–must be Sure, Swift, and the most Severe allowed. Primacy and Regency (Immediacy) are effective “reformers.” But, in my school, for instance, I can not demand that a student be excluded (suspended) from my classroom for the 2 days that are spelled out in our ed. code for my/my student’s benefit—without FIRST holding a meeting with parents. YOU, GARY best of all…might know and understand that the “parents” of these kids will NEVER show up at school for a “meeting” to talk about behavior and class suspension….and even IF you can drag them to school…it’s 3 weeks after the offending act…so, the kid is thrown back into my class for say….making a sexually explicit comment/threat/or other to me or a fellow student….and they come back to class with that Cheshershire Cat grin…that says without words…”I am untouchable, I can do anything and get away with it without consequences… in fact, I’ll probably do it AGAIN tomorrow!”

      I would also like to surmise here that Cruz, the Florida shooter, had an IEP or a 504–maybe both. I pretty much suspected so when he was not expelled for bringing ammunition to school in his backpack…and instead, was told that he could NOT bring a backpack to school anymore. The red flag went up for me. What the general public doesn’t know is that students with IEPs and 504’s are almost IMPOSSIBLE to expell from school or refer to law enforcement from the school personnel unless they—-hold on—-pretty much actually SHOOT someone. They recieve special treatment academically, for sure, and we hope it supports their education as intended. BUT, some recieve “specialized” handling due to social/emotional needs.. Often, this is a 504 that gives them more “buffer” between the rules or the “real world” when problems arise………there are steps set in place by the 504 that must be followed. I was the general ed. teacher on a panel that had to actually review the expulsion of a middle school student who hid a BB gun near his bus stop, and then, got off first one day, climbed a tree with his BB gun, and shot his fellow students as they exited the bus. Even after he shot his fellow students ambush style with his BB gun—we had to meet and decide if his actions were protected/a function of his IEP. IF there had been language in his IEP that could have been construed to “excuse” his actions, we could NOT have expelled him.

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  4. Careful what you wish for, kids…

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  5. The media keep beating this horse to death its been dead a long time. No matter the facts about firearms they drive a narrative that all guns are bad and gun owners are bad people. Since when do we make law based on emotions? When we do it’s time for me and my family to move.

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