With another mass shooting in Baltimore, gun control measures are still under attack
Five were injured in a mass shooting at Morgan State University in Baltimore Tuesday night. The violence came just days after a federal judge blocked certain new gun control measures in the state.
As Baltimore residents mourn after the city’s second mass shooting in just months, attempts to curb gun violence throughout the state of Maryland are being stalled.
Five people were shot Tuesday night after a coronation ceremony at Morgan State University, a historically Black college. The shooting that left victims with non-life-threatening injuries is under investigation, and no suspect has been arrested as of Wednesday, news outlets have reported.
The horrific act of violence was the second mass shooting in Baltimore this year. In early July, two were killed and 28 others injured during the city’s Brooklyn Day celebration in what was the largest shooting incident in the city’s history.
A mass shooting entails “a minimum of four victims shot, either injured or killed, not including any shooter who may also have been killed or injured in the incident,” according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization that tracks shootings nationwide.
Tuesday’s incident has been classified as a mass shooting on the nonprofit’s website, which reports 531 total instances of mass gun violence in the U.S. so far this year.
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The most recent reminder of Baltimore’s gun violence epidemic comes less than a week after a federal judge on Friday filed a preliminary injunction that at least temporarily deals a blow to new gun control measures in the state.
The injunction by Judge George Levi Russell III was in response to a lawsuit against the state filed by Susannah Kipke, the wife of Del. Nicholaus Kipke, R-Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland Rifle and Pistol Association, The Baltimore Banner reported.
At issue is a law signed by Gov. Wes Moore earlier this year that bans the general public from carrying guns in various locations, including schools and hospitals. It also limits who can obtain concealed carry permits.
The lawsuit alleges the law violates the Second Amendment, and the injunction temporarily makes the law unenforceable “where alcohol is sold, in private places without the owner’s consent and at public demonstrations,” The Banner reported.
It may be a reach to claim that weakening laws such as what Maryland passed directly causes increased gun violence in cities such as Baltimore.
It is, however, clear that there is a strong correlation between a lack of strict gun control measures and the prevalence of horrendous events such as what took place Tuesday night.
After all, with relatively lax gun restrictions in place nationwide, the most up-to-date data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other sources shows Baltimore has the second-highest murder rate in the country, CBS News has reported.
Meanwhile, Maryland ranks seventh in the nation, according to the most recent data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
The state has the highest murder rate in the Northeast.
It is without a doubt unconscionable to neuter efforts to curb gun violence anywhere in this country amid record-breaking levels of deaths at the hands of firearms.
Republicans in particular have cited their support of the Second Amendment as politics get in the way of saving lives. But let’s face the facts here: They just really love guns.
The party selectively defends upholding constitutional values. But it’s consistent in its message that it’s an important part of American culture to be a gun-toting freedom lover.
It has also become a part of American culture, on the other hand, to not be surprised when headlines of yet another mass shooting surface.
And I’d love to hear anyone argue that’s acceptable.