All of those people pointing to the shooting incident at Great Mills High School in Maryland last week as proof that the NRA’s and President Trump’s stance on arming school personnel as protection against gun violence makes sense will have to look for another example to prove their point after the news reported in The Baltimore Sun today.
The Sun has revealed that despite initial reports that the 17-year-old gunman in the case was brought down by the quick response of school resource officer Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, the actual end to the shooting played out quite differently and in a way that does not support the NRA’s mantra that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
In what was reportedly a reaction to a breakup with his former girlfriend, Austin Rollins walked into Great Mills High School, approached his ex, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, and shot her once in the head with his father’s nine millimeter pistol. The bullet then exited the young girl’s head and struck another student in the leg.
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After the shooting Rollins continued walking through the school hallways until he was confronted by Officer Gaskill, according to The Sun. While the first reports of the story tell of Gaskill shooting and killing the teen gunman on the spot, today’s story describes the end game quite differently.
Apparently once Rollins spotted the school resource officer, he took his 9mm Glock and fatally shot himself in the head at the same time that Deputy Gaskill fired and hit Rollins in the hand. With the new details, it’s obvious that Rollins death can only be attributed to suicide, rather than a good guy with a gun.
Gaskill, while deserving of commendation for his bravery in a dangerous situation, was exceedingly lucky that the mentally distraught teen killer aimed his weapon at his own head rather than at the officer or any other students. Despite the tragic outcome and the avoidance of even more useless fatalities, there is no way that Trump or the NRA can point to this shooting and say that it proves the necessity of arming school personnel.
The simple fact of the matter is that if Rollins didn’t have access to his father’s gun, then no one, including himself, would have been killed. #NeverAgain. Melt the guns!