Baltimore is a historic city, founded in 1729 and eventually named after the Irish barony of Baltimore, the proprietors of Maryland. It is home to Fort McHenry, a fort that the British tried to capture during the War of 1812. US forces were successful in defending the fort, but it was during that battle that inspired a 35-year-old attorney and amateur poet to pen a poem he titled Defence of Fort M’Henry. Soon after the poem was published, it was set to music and eventually became known as The Star-Spangled Banner and America’s national anthem.
Baltimore was also home to another famous poet, Edgar Allen Poe, who tended write more macabre poems and short stories, some of which inspired some gruesome movies.
Had Poe been alive today, he would have a wealth of macabre things to write about.
For one, Baltimore has been dubbed the deadliest big city in America. While not having as many homicides as Chicago and Los Angeles, Baltimore has seen the highest homicide per capita rate a few times over the past decade.
Worse yet is that some of Baltimore’s leaders have supported violence in the city. When black activists turned to violent riots and protests over the death of Freddie Gray in 2015, then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake went public, stating:
“It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we tried to make sure that (protestors) were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Baltimore saw another kind of violence, the kind that no parent ever wants to hear about. Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, entered Great Mills High School in Maryland and began shooting.
On campus that day was Deputy Blaine Gaskill, a member of the SWAT team who also served as the school’s resource officer. Gaskill responded immediately to the shooting and was able to shoot and kill Rollins.
Rollins had managed to wound 2 students before Gaskill engaged him and ended the incident. Who knows how many lives and injuries were prevented by Gaskill’s swift response and actions. Many considered Gaskill to be a hero and used the incident as proof that having trained and armed personnel on campus can stop a school shooting in progress and save lives.
However, Baltimore is run by anti-gun liberals who allow anti-American politics to cloud their judgement and common sense. Not long after the shooting, leaders began contemplating banning armed officers from school campuses.
This week, their blind ignorance led the Baltimore School Board to vote to ban all police weapons from all of the district’s schools.
You heard me right – they don’t want any police officers to carry their guns onto the campuses of any of their schools.
They seem to have this mind set that no defense is best. It’s kind of like the military defense of the US under Barack Obama, as he systematically disarmed and reduced America’s military to a fraction of what it needs to be.
I can only interpret the actions of the Baltimore School Board to be extending an open invitation to any and all crazy whackos who want their 15 minutes of fame and have their names plastered across the media for slaughtering helpless students.
At least there are some places in America where school boards are busy getting teachers and faculty trained, permitted and armed to prevent or stop shootings in their schools, like what Deputy Gaskill did.
Parents should think about the possible consequences that could happen as a result of the Baltimore School Board, who just placed their students in harm’s way. Perhaps, for the sake of your children’s lives, it’s time to move away from Baltimore to a place that will defend your kids.
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