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Deterring school shootings, Oklahoma style

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By See-Dubya  •  March 14, 2008 03:49 PM

Oklahoma’s been getting some bad press lately. First there was that weird criminal appeals case where they had to free that pervo peeping tom who was looking up 16-year old girls’ skirts at Target.

Then there’s the fact that Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Drew Edmondson, is going about his job with an Eliot Spitzer-like dedication. Not the hooker thing, I mean, but the thin-skinned touchiness thing and the throwing his weight around gracelessly thing. When Paul Jacob, a Townhall.com columnist, went into Oklahoma to agitate for term limits, Edmondson (Democrat, of course) indicted him under an obscure and unequally-enforced statute. Jacob and his fellow petitioners face up to ten years in the pokey, for…political organizing!

So: those are lame. But my Okie friend, Ol’ Shootin’ Buddy, sends along some good news: the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a law yesterday that ought to allow more trained, qualified Oklahomans to respond quickly to school shootings with force:

Today, Thursday, March 13, by a bipartisan vote of 65-36, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed an amended version of House Bill 2513, authored by State Representative Jason Murphey (R-31).

HB2513 will now allow for military veterans who possess a valid concealed carry permit to lawfully carry a concealed handgun on Oklahoma’s public college and university campuses.

Sounds like a plan. I think faculty and graduate students should have that right as well, but this is a step in the right direction. The bill now goes to the State Senate. Here’s a link to the State Senators’ contact information. (Tell them where you heard about it!)

P.S. Thumbnail picture, which really has nothing to do with this post other than involving guns and Oklahoma, adapted from these German bloggers who came through Oklahoma City this fall. I blurred out ol’ Rex’s phone number a bit.

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