I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

The new gun control law passed by the Maryland Legislature created the following section in the Criminal Law:

§ 4-102 (b) A person may not carry or possess a firearm, knife, or deadly weapon of any kind on public school property.

The prohibition on knives has no exception for cafeteria staff. Or tableware in the cafeteria.

UPDATE—@MSchumacher asks, “Baseball w no bats?” A fair question. I seem to remember that Al Capone murdered someone with a baseball bat.

UPDATE 2—Conviction of a violation of this section can result in 3 years imprisonment. That is a sufficiently long possible sentence to cause loss of the right to possess a firearm under 18 USC 922(g) for any conviction under 4-102.

Think of it.

Someone walks into a school to pick up his sick child and forgets to take the Swiss Army knife out of his pocket …

Something Has Changed

The neighborhood I grew up in was in the near suburbs of Nashville, close enough to downtown that we were annexed into the city limits while I was still in elementary school. When I was a kid in school back in the ’50s, the doors to the schoolhouse were unlocked from about an hour before class started until a couple of hours after school was out. School violence consisted of a couple of kids squaring off at recess. Most homes had guns and one or more veterans (WWI, WWII, or Korea) who knew how to use them. We kids plinked in our back yards and in the woods with our BB guns.

And no one worried about whether of not we were safe at school.

I suspect that our present school safety problems have a much more profound cause than the politicians are willing to confront.