Mere weeks after liberals told us that police officers and a select few armed teachers would only make our schools more dangerous, a resource officer named Blaine Gaskill has proven all of their hysteria wrong. Restoring the good name of brave cops after the disgusting cowardice seen in Parkland, Gaskill put his life on the line to stop shooter Austin Wyatt and potentially preventing another mass murder at Great Mills High School in Maryland. Not only did Gaskill acquit himself admirably and bring untold honor to the badge, he also proved that old NRA saying: The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Thank God that this “good guy with a gun” was at that high school on Tuesday.
Authorities were not able to say conclusively as of Wednesday whether Gaskill’s bullet killed the shooter or whether Wyatt took his own life, but the fact remains that the entire incident was over and done with in less than 60 seconds. And we are certain that once all the facts of this case are known, there will be no doubt left in anyone’s mind that this could have been a far worse tragedy had Gaskill not arrived at the scene, clearheaded and quick-reflexed, to take control of the situation.
Unfortunately, even with the deputy’s intervention, Wyatt managed to shoot a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. The girl was listed in critical condition as of Wednesday’s reporting. We pray she makes it through with no lasting, serious injuries, although this incident will undoubtedly leave a permanent psychological scar on her, the boy, the deputy, and everyone else at Great Mills High.
It’s worth mentioning, by the way, that the utility of armed heroes on campus was not the only theory proven by this week’s shooting. Police confirmed that Wyatt carried out his assault with a semi-automatic handgun that he obtained illegally. This didn’t stop Democrats like Steny Hoyer from calling for universal background checks, but even his colleagues appeared to understand that those calls had no relevance to this incident. And unless the left wants to start talking about a handgun ban to go along with their “assault weapons” ban, it seems clear that none of the legislation they’ve proposed in recent years would have done a thing to stop this kid.
Guess we shouldn’t give them any ideas.