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June 29, 2013

Guns in Schools: Oversimplification of a complex issue

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

In the end, the State Senate refused to hear the politically expedient bill passed by the House.  Kudos to the Senate for not being myopic.  Instead, both chambers passed legislation that was recommended by Lt. Governor Todd Lamb’s Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety.
The legislation passed includes formation of the Oklahoma School Security Institute within the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security for training resources; implementing a Mental Health First Aid Training Pilot Program to develop a program for identifying potential in-school perpetrators;  amending state law to require school intruder drills; reporting of all firearms incidents to local law enforcement for investigation; and establishing a school security tip line in conjunction with the School Security Institute.
This is a tough issue.  But not because of a political debate of guns vs. gun control.  It’s a tough issue because the ramifications are real and the true test of any so-called solution can only occur with the most tragic and horrific incident imaginable.
During the interim I can be reached at my Pryor office: ben@bensherrer.com or 918-825-8989; or at my capitol office: bensherrer@okhouse.gov or 800-522-8502.  Until next time, God bless you.
Ben Sherrer is state representative for District 8.
 

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