Tuesday morning’s school shooting at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland is over. One 16-year-old girl was critically wounded and one 14-year-old boy was struck but is in good condition. The only fatality was the shooter, a 17-year-old male student who was shot by a heroic armed school resource officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, who heard the shots and responded immediately. The motive isn’t clear, and it isn’t yet known whether the shooter left any warning signs on social media, but there are indications of a prior relationship between him and the female victim.

While we all pray for the full recovery of the victims, it is worth noting what was different and similar about this attack that resulted in only two students injured and the shooter dead, and the attack in Parkland, Florida, where the shooter survived after killing 17 people and wounding 17 more.

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First of all, Maryland has some of the toughest gun laws in the US – a state ban on “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines, background checks, etc. – none of which prevented a 17-year-old from obtaining a Glock. So both were well-armed. This is just a guess, but I’m going to assume the teen wasn’t an NRA member, since no mass school shooter has ever been an NRA member. So what was the big difference that ended the attack quickly and prevented more loss of life?

The obvious difference is that an armed security officer was inside the school and ran toward the shots, instead of hiding behind a police car and “securing the perimeter.” His swift action to stop the assault was followed quickly by a mass response by police and emergency crews. St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said, "This is what we train for. This is what we prepare for and this is what we pray we never have to do. And on this day we realized our worst nightmare that our greatest asset — our children — were attacked in a bastion of safety and security, one of our schools."

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But unlike in Broward County, Florida, the sheriff of St. Mary’s County can take pride in knowing that their schools are a bastion of safety and security because they’ve taken real, concrete steps to make them so. There’s always more that can be done – maybe a metal detector would have discouraged the shooter from trying to bring in a gun at all. But in a world where too many young people have lost their moral compasses and are bent on doing evil, when prevention is impossible, we have to be prepared for preemption This school and its armed resource officer were.

If that sort of protection is good enough for our politicians and celebrities, many of whom are still denouncing the idea of armed guards in schools while surrounded by armed guards themselves, why isn’t it good enough for all our children?



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  • Katie Cole

    04/09/2018 12:26 PM

    Mike - Why in the world does your newsletter show an ad in the middle of it showing a muslim woman holding a credit card and the website credit.com?....just more islamic creep trying to tear down our resistence to this evil ideology and to try to make it look "normal".

  • Betty Delp

    03/26/2018 07:18 PM

    I think it is too late to control all the military type guns that is in everyones hands.
    Seems a lot of young folks are so high tempered and bullies. Why can't one control their anger?
    I can't believe school systems haven't already installed metal detectors. Our school system has one
    Resource Officer per school and they sure can't be in every corner of the school. Maybe the young
    peoples march will wake the government and get something done. Then again the school systems should take charge and do.

  • Clare Martin

    03/26/2018 04:03 PM

    has anyone considered that the gun control advocates don't want school shootings to end or be prevented?
    That would take away their vehicle by which to promote a gun control agenda

  • Steve Martin

    03/25/2018 09:43 PM

    When God , prayer, morals & correction are taken from schools, the results are bound to come. When children are taught that queers is accepted way of life, more evil will happen in this country. Thank you for speaking against this way of life

  • Nancy Kemp

    03/25/2018 05:55 PM

    What is sad the thousands of children that marched this weekend should take notice of the difference in the two shootings instead of being used by the Left to promote gun control! Our country is in a sad state!!

  • Arthur R Krohnert

    03/24/2018 10:08 AM

    It's all about behavioral drugs Mike! Each shooter is on them! The drugs block their capacity to reason and control their normal emotions.......where else does this happen so frequently in other countries?

  • Brent M Egan

    03/23/2018 10:03 PM

    Truth is not a flesh and blood struggle but a spiritual battle. One initiative the Church could undertake would be to increase capacity of Christian Schools and make them affordable for most families. Young people need to learn we have a Great God who loves them and has a great purpose for their lives. One key battle is for the hearts, souls, and minds of the next generation. Let's fully engage that battle with spiritual weapons provided to demolish strongholds. We're on the winning team; let's start acting like it !

  • Bob Batz

    03/23/2018 05:36 PM

    I understand that the gun belonged to his father, and evidently was not secured properly.

  • Jim Reim

    03/23/2018 03:21 PM

    I didn't see this on ABC or CNN or MSNBC.... Has it gotten this warped that the national media only tell stories that advance their agenda? Do they think we have no brains of our own? Insulting.


    03/23/2018 11:05 AM

    I don't understand how these school shooting happen, when I went to school all doors were locked from the inside & we were not permitted to go out side unless without a teacher. Doors should have a silent alarm monitored by security. It seems in most cases a red flag has happened about the shooter and was not investigated enough and was forgotten.

  • SoMD LeadHead

    03/23/2018 03:56 AM

    Thank you, Governor Huckabee for your unwavering values and dedication to truth telling, again evidenced in your article about the Great Mills High shooting. Please feel free to ignore the ignorance of those that hysterically regurgitate the standard MSM-fed pap, eg, "Tell me WHY do we need guns at all?", as they neither understand nor deserve true Liberty - and will not begin to appreciate the Liberty they've surrendered until it is so far gone that it is unrecoverable.

    Here in East California, aka The People's Republic of Maryland, we've been cursed with decades of Big Government nanny-state rule. Chew on this, gun-grabbers: MD has the most restrictive steaming pile of firearm laws in the Union; ALL the "common sense" regulations you paste-eaters have been led to believe WE ALL NEED. Extensive background checks, insanely expensive training requirements (sin taxes, by any name), lengthy waiting periods, and magazine restrictions. ALL firearms and magazines that hold more than ten rounds are BANNED. A bewildering, inconsistent, incomprehensible, ream-eating list of BANNED semi-automatic firearms and "assault weapons". Yep - the whole nine. For goodness sake - MD MUST BE THE SAFEST STATE ON THE PLANET!

    Except when it's not. Do you know what else our decades of Democrat rule has achieved? The highest per capita murder rate in the country. Yes, higher than ultra-Socialist and consistently corrupt Chicago. Way to set the bar high, Baltimore! The home of our National Anthem has become a fetid hole that can never be wiped clean enough - a criminal waste of tax dollars and human potential. A perpetual blur of shared misery. Human tragedy on a grand scale. A colossal failure.

    Oh, and now we have our very own school shooting. By yet another prohibited possessor. Not a single one of your "common sense" anti-gun laws in MD protected the victims or this poor kid from himself. A bad guy with a prohibited gun got stopped by a brave, well-prepared good guy with a gun. It's okay - admit it - you can't explain it and will ignore the facts staring you in the face because it doesn't fit the narrative you've been fed.

    Which is also why this unfortunate event has been the least-covered school shooting EVER in our country. Every local and MSM news outfit in the world has a sizeable staff a little over an hour up the road in Washington, DC. Every news truck and helicopter in the region descended on Saint Mary's County, MD as soon as they heard "Shots fired! Active shooter!" But the klieg lights all cut off and the blood-thirsty news crews turned tail back to DC as soon as word got out that SRO Deputy Gaskill confronted and stopped the shooter before the body count got high enough to suit the progressive media's agenda. No story here...

    Oh - I almost forgot the best quote of our sad day: Senator Ben Cardin (D) stated confidently that "this school shooting underscores the need for more gun control." Seriously? You can't make this stuff up, folks! So move to Maryland already, gun-grabbers. You'll fit right in! Enjoy the filthy, choking, overpriced sprawl that is the NoVA/DC/MD/Baltimore Metroplex. My beautiful state has gone to the Demagogues.

    Here's a sincere invitation for you: come to the phony 'student-led' anti-gun march in DC this Saturday and stay awhile. Show off your moral superiority and individualistic progressive thinking by joining the herd! Protest all those darn scary-looking guns! Lose your voice blaming the NRA for your Socialist society's ills. I dare you to wander more than three blocks off The Mall. I dare you to stay in DC past dark. Stay in your $300.00/night hotel where you'll be warned not to leave the property. Ever.

    Don't mind that - you'll be fine. Really. Find your wife and kids a trendy restaurant in SE. Trust me - you'll have a safe night out on the town and fun for all because all manner of guns are banned in DC, too. Me? I'll be joining the exodus of law-abiding firearms owners who refuse to support the Socialist culture here with my tax dollars any longer.

    Thanks again, Governor Huckabee. Please keep up the great work and thanks for letting me vent a little. God bless you.
    God bless School Resource Officer Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, and God bless the kids of Saint Mary's County, MD.

  • Joseph J.Herschberger

    03/22/2018 09:33 PM

    Dear Governor:First of all I thoroughly enjoy your new show on Christian television TBN.I watch most shows and it reminds me of your show on Fox News before you Left to campaign for the office of USA President.Getting back to the schools in 2018 being shooting galaries.Here in Philadelphia,Pa. our city schools have Long before any school shootings have adopted to automatically have security screenings at all entrances to the school where metal detectors are used routinely to stop any person trying to bring weapons onto school property.This is nothing more then common sense in today's violence dominated society.Thank you morally corrupt Hollywood,California.However there definitely was and CONTINUES to be RESISTENCE on the part of florida and other states to adopt the metal detector program which is very effective in catching would be school shooters BEFORE trajedy strikes.These unwilling school system officials are your liberals who have ZERO common sense.Having NO common sense psychiatrists have exposed the Liberal mind as being mentally sick.Liberals require death and trajedy to strike BEFORE they act to PREVENT trajedy.As we seen with the broward county schools NO SYSTEM of protection was adopted BEFORE the school killer was ALLOWED to KILL 17 innocent individuals.The Lack of urgency derived from common sense ALLOWED this NEEDLESS trajedy to happen.As I have said with Liberals they LACK common sense and innocents wind up paying the ultimate price for their deficit. Now the Governor of Florida overreacts and institutes gun control as though the gun can shoot itself blaming the gun for the murder of the innocents.Incidently Philadelphia,Pa.schools have had the metal detector program for over ten years now.Unfortunately African Americans here in Philadelphia have once again elected a liberal Mayor who STOPPED the car search program which was very successful under the former black African Mayor who although Liberal himself had enough common sense to have had the Stop and search program in his eight years as Philadelphia Mayor.Gun crime was far less under the former Mayor.Today Philadelphia,Pa. is on the SAME path as Chicago as though criminals are in some kind of contest for being the murder capital of the USA!Criminals NOT having been taught about the origins of the USA as children have zero love for this country and it's people.Also due to IGNORANCE about the democratic party being the party of PRO-SLAVERY African Americans nevertheless vote Democratic in lockstep generation after generation and remain economic slaves as a result of their ignorance.Philadelphia,Pa. for example has NOT had a Republican Mayor since the 1950's.Democrats out number republicans at least 3 to one.This IS trajic for the birthplace of the USA.

  • Marilyn E Blum

    03/22/2018 07:51 PM

    Mike, the first thing you need to know about me is that I am a Republican, voted for Trump and support you in your run for the Presidency. I don't know why we need guns at all. Can't the NRA just stick to hunting rifles (I was a hunter with my dad) and quit promoting all guns. It is becoming a wild west out there. Everyone I talk with (my republican family and friends) have a gun to secure their home. If the gun in their home is secured properly, then it is not available if someone breaks in or tries to harm them. I think the security guards in the schools are warranted (too, bad); but, not arming teachers as is talked about. Help me here Mike, why do we need guns?

  • Tammy Asker

    03/22/2018 06:06 PM

    My thoughts exactly! When I went to the county court house, I couldn't bring in my pepper spray, and had to walk through a screening thing. Why can't they have a metal detector at schools? They already don't allow pepper spray, which I wanted my son to have in case he ever might meet up with an aggressive dog.

  • Richard Singletary

    03/22/2018 04:59 PM

    GOD BLESS MR HUCKABEE I PRAY HE HAS TIME TO BLESS THIS SMALL CHURCH IN 138 Antioch United Methodist Church 138 Kellogg Mill road Falmouth Virginia 22406. This church allows conservative ministers like him to speak there.
    Before obama and the clintons take yo dick and yo ar15 give you some black rifle power to snort up yo nose.

  • wailes blalock jr

    03/22/2018 02:16 PM

    Please continue, God bless you.

  • Ruben Negron

    03/22/2018 01:12 PM

    I totally agree with you and I also don’t see The media praising this officer as much as they did with the horrendous attack on the Fl high school. The reason is obvious, they just want to politicize that other incident and also create a false narrative with this students. I can also see how both parents and teachers at this Fl high school have also try to politicize this tragedy. Mr. Huckabee I still think you should be part of this administration and you should consider joining them if asked. God bless

  • Karen Robertson

    03/22/2018 11:37 AM

    I live in Charles County which is just one county above St. Mary's County in Maryland. When I heard about the shooting at Great Mills High School, the pit of my stomach just dropped. I am the Principal's Secretary in an elementary school and our county is trying to be prepared so we can avoid this kind of carnage. Staff and students are all currently wearing bracelets that say "See Something, Say Something." We now have locked doors and every visitor has to show their ID and state their business before they can enter. They also have to sign in when they come in. I know these precautions are meant to make everyone feel safer, but we in the front office, feel that if someone really wants to get into the school, they will find a way. We have actually had parents who are so irate that we fear they will come back and shoot us. The Vice Principals feel the same way. They deal with student discipline problems and sometimes fear that an infuriated parent will try to exact revenge on them. Our front windows are all glass. All a shooter would have to do is shoot through the windows to take out all the secretaries and then come in. I would love to have bullet proof glass in our windows and metal detectors in our entrance ways. People say that these bad things are more likely to happen in a high school than in an elementary school, but just look at Sandy Hook to see that this is not true. My daughter was at Virginia Tech during the massacre there. She was in the building next door to the building where the shooter was. I have never felt such fear as I felt until I got in touch with her. No parent should ever have to experience that. Many of the perpetrators of these acts seem to be troubled individuals with mental issues. They should not have access to guns. I believe in the right to bear arms but not when you are mentally challenged. Thank you for your message to us. It makes me feel much better to be able to vent my feelings. I was your supporter in the presidential race and I think your daughter is doing a fantastic job as press secretary. Thanks again for being so caring.

  • Charles D Johnston

    03/22/2018 09:51 AM

    I'm surprised that mainstream media covered this at all, since it does not fit the gun control agenda. I would be interested in two things: First, how did the shooter obtain a glock, and second, is there a father in the home. I have read in a number of places that all of the shooters have come from fatherless homes and wonder is this was true in this case. Thanks for all you do to keep us informed and God bless.

  • Samuel Manzano

    03/22/2018 09:41 AM

    I fully agree with the comments and idea of having Armed Guards at school, as long as they have been very well trained (verifiable training) and have under gone a stringent psychological check. I DO NOT AGREE with armed teachers. They need to concentrate on educating our future not on protecting a firearm so that it does not get taken away from them. Thank you

  • Diana Timmons

    03/22/2018 06:27 AM

    I'm thankful for your newsletters, but I have a few concerns. You asked for a poll about arming teachers, but didn't give an opportunity to comment. I am in favor of arming "volunteers" and I think that is what the objective is, but it doesn't explain this to the everyday citizen. I have been asked to comment on polls about the President and have not done it because it doesn't fully explain his position. Of late, when I have clicked on the link to answer the GOP polls, I get an error message that says "access to www.gop.com is denied." Have they been hacked?

    I support the President but, many time, walk around embarrassed because he throws out tweets that disparage others and rants that tear down rather than uplift. He says he uses twitter as a way to communicate with his people.....that is not true. He is using it for the same kind of evil the media does. I am not alone in my disappointment and I wish he would listen to "the American people."

    That said, again, I appreciate your commitment and comments. Always in Him, Diana Timmons

  • Rod LoScalzo

    03/22/2018 05:34 AM

    What is lost in all this is that our children and our most precious resource. Not silver, Not gold, Our children are our most precious resource, they're our future! How foolish is it Not to protect them?

  • Sarah Vincent

    03/21/2018 08:31 PM

    Thank you!

  • Pamala L. Monis

    03/21/2018 07:18 PM

    Mike, thanks for this editorial. We truly appreciate your leadership. You are a blessing and we will continue to pray for both you & Sarah. Praising God ????????

  • Marianne Henderson

    03/21/2018 06:19 PM

    This event should be an example that Pres. Trump should use to verify his plan because it worked exactly as it was supposed to work.

  • Barbara Olind

    03/21/2018 05:58 PM

    Thanks for the insightful information. We need to return to morals and values of yester - year. Hopefully the young kids will lead the way.

  • Cynthia Pacheco

    03/21/2018 04:54 PM

    Good point, Governor Huckabee! Why can't the swamp dwellers see that?

  • Rose Karalunas

    03/21/2018 04:40 PM

    You sure hit the nail on the head. Banning guns won.t stop them. We need homes that has discipline and family Godly values. The kids today don't get their way they throw a hissy fit and don't care who they hurt. They took the Bible & Prayers out of the school along with discipline and the families don't have time for each other always on their stupid cell phones. I thank God for being brought
    up in a Christian Home and I raised four Daughters that were raised in our Christian home and proudly they have raised my Grandchildren the same way.

  • Alethea Loree

    03/21/2018 04:22 PM

    The Left Wing Media has been silent on this story because it doesn’t fit their gun control agenda! I support the NRA and the 2nd Amendment.

  • Todd Dinkins

    03/21/2018 01:50 PM

    Thank you for the truth. Now, let's convince Washington.

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  • Tisha Scholes

    03/21/2018 11:59 AM

    Thank you sir for a great article on this topic...very well said. I also shared this article.

  • Suzanne Utts

    03/21/2018 11:43 AM

    The armed guard probably would not consider himself to be a hero. However, he IS.

    Having an armed guard in schools is essential and will prove to be a deterrent to those who would want to harm others. Identifying teens who have a "death-by-cop" wish, AND getting them treatment is also essential because without the treatment, the armed guard will be a convenient accessory to their desire for suicide.

  • Anne Jackson

    03/21/2018 11:40 AM

    Dear Mike- Thank you so much for consistently given intelligent commentary. As you know guns don't kill people-people kill people and being prepared for that is alsways the smart thing to do. It is insanity in this day and age to leave schools unprotected because you don't like guns.
    Shame on the people in FL who had those young people out trying to ban guns rather than demand that their schools get hardened to keep them safe. Their was so much complete idiocy invloved in that tradegy it is un believable so many mistakes could have been made.
    Thank you also for such an amazing daughter-she is a great credit to you and your wife.
    God Bless!

  • Cordell (Corky) Axelson

    03/21/2018 11:40 AM

    I know it is very important for us to protect our voting results/systems. These days it seems that there are a lot of folks really upset at the thought of foreigners, mostly government entities, like Russia, messing with our voting process/systems. I would say it is at least, possibly more important to protect our voting results/systems from foreigners, non-citizens or illegal immigrants, as well as citizens voting more than once and/or voting out of their official voting area. Are not all of these examples of efforts to mess with our voting process/systems? Let's get this fixed, and get the process to fix these clearly identified on its way before the 2018 elections.

  • William Reid

    03/21/2018 11:34 AM

    As long as the NRA have been exonerated then everything is fine.

  • Raymond Reed

    03/21/2018 11:28 AM

    Oops. The liberal demonic crats ( democrats) are trying to figure out how the NRA is to blame for the bombings in Florida. I presume they are looking at banning all packages over the size of a softball. Because the bigger the package the more damage can be done. I am also concerned that any vehicle capable of carrying one package is being considered - to being banned. Also, the nail industry took a hit last night on TV because some of the bombs ordinances consisted of nail clusters. Better rush to Lowes or Home Depot and get nails because they too will be reviewed by congress. Lets see what else we can blame other than a person that used a tool of his choice to do damage to others in Maryland.

    I really appreciate what Alan Ladd stated in the movie Shane to Miriam. Miriam told Shane she did not like guns and did not want them in her house. Shane replied, " Miriam - a gun is just a tool - it is no better or worse than the person using it".

    It was Cain whom used a stone to kill Abel. There should be a song titled, " Where have all the stones gone " ?

  • Michael Gregory

    03/21/2018 11:25 AM

    A sad time we live in when our children have no respect for life but is that any surprise after years being taught that they're only animals and God is no longer welcome in the publuc square


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  • Gena Margason

    03/21/2018 11:17 AM

    You are spreading Fake News!!! Stop it.

  • Richard Young

    03/21/2018 11:14 AM

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  • Desert Fox

    03/21/2018 11:11 AM

    It is the moral decay of our country. The hatred and fear spread by demoncrats supported by the Main Stream News and the media in every form, along with the indoctrination of our children from grammar schools through college by the liberal "teachers." The country is being made Godless with no moral code. Well, you can bring a gun to school but you dare not bring God. Plus, there is no self discipline---just the opposite is being encouraged. It is a shame that a 17-year-old was killed; but let that be a true example of action and reaction. There are consequences!

  • JanC

    03/21/2018 11:02 AM

    It is horrible, that the armed resource office has received almost no public recognition for his heroic acts. I have seen very little in the news about him, or this incident, for that matter. It's because it is a completely different turn of events that doesn't fit the narrative.

    Everything is so intentional these days. The people trying to destroy our 2nd Amendment surely must know, armed guards would work. They don't care about our kids. They only care about their agenda. Who can understand that?

  • Norm Duncan

    03/21/2018 10:57 AM

    While I agree that an armed person assigned inside a school is kinda ok! the problem is still the reason this kind of thing is happing in the first place. I believe that a lot of the problem comes from the kids themselves like the bullying and hate towards skin color and things like this. Also what is taught at home to these kids is important, these kids aren't born this way they come to think the way they think over time by regular submission to a type thinking towards people. I don't know Maybe?? You think?

  • Tom Burkholder

    03/21/2018 10:47 AM

    It's a no brainer Mike to secure our schools.A single point of entry with an armed guard and a metal detector.

  • Bruce Deming

    03/21/2018 10:43 AM

    So little coverage anywhere, including FOX. FOX was pretty busy with the bomber, but the MSM should be blowing up. Yahoo has 1 article near the bottom of the page. A 16 year old beat a friend to death with a baseball bat in Florida and that was much higher on the Yahoo home page. Must be it doesn't fit their narrative, not enough tragedy to bother with. No one died so they can't use it for gun control. The MSM has no morals, only an agenda. The hoards of libtards are so stupid, if their leaders succeed and we end up in a socialist dictatorship, their support won't be rewarded. They will be tossed aside with the rest of us, unarmed, and ruled at gunpoint.

  • william groffy

    03/21/2018 10:42 AM

    Well said. I know that before I can enter the Colorado Capital building I have to go through a metal detector and they have limited points of entry. The same technique could be used at schools and closed campuses would also be a proactive approach along with the armed Resource Officers.

  • Darrell Johnson

    03/21/2018 10:42 AM

    What hypocrisy!! When these folks go with out armed guards then they might be more believable!
    Thanks for all your commentaries! They are always at the top of my must read list!! Keep 'em comin'!!

  • Amelia Little

    03/21/2018 10:39 AM

    I did not hear any news reports (even on the shows I watch on Fox) about the Maryland shooter. Perhaps no deaths, just a couple of injuries (even though critical and serious) isn't newsworthy? And, of course, the fact that the school resource officer (armed) was on the spot to derail any further shooting isn't what the media thinks is newsworthy. Probably because mass shootings are all that they report on--if there weren't whatever number of deaths are considered mass shootings, just move on. Nothing to see here. Not even why the number of deaths didn't meet the criteria for mass shooting. We certainly don't want to recognize a deputy in the school, it's not scandalous enough.