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Oklahoma bill to curtail campus attacks

February 28, 2008

Investor’s Business Daily‘s recent “Columbine To Va. Tech To NIU: Gun-Free Zones Or Killing Fields?” article by John R. Lott, Jr is spot-on:
Gun-free zones are magnets for bad guys.

Oklahoma State Capitol

I applaud the Oklahoma House of Representatives for considering a bill that would allow properly vetted concealed weapon license holders to carry on college and university campuses.

As Article 2, Section 26 of the Oklahoma State Constitution declares:

The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited

It is your right to defend yourself and your family. I’d go one step further and say it’s your responsibility, too. If your Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training certified gun safety instructor, your county sheriff, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have tested your knowledge of the Oklahoma Self Defense Act, verified your safe handling and use of a handgun, run extensive local, state, and federal criminal and mental health background checks, and processed your properly submitted concealed weapons license application to prove you are otherwise eligible (all of these steps are required for one to be issued an Oklahoma license), why should you be denied your basic right to self defense just because you walk onto a college campus?

Thank you, Rep. Murphey and the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, for submitting and approving in committee Oklahoma House Bill 2513 which would allow license holders to defend themselves on campus. Now please stay the course and get this through the system and into law. This won’t stop crazies on campus completely, but it could certainly help to curtail the severity of their attacks.

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