Hargis responds to HB 2513

Oklahoman Published: March 18, 2008
Note: This is a copy of a letter Burns Hargis, President of Oklahoma State University, sent out to the OSU campus on Tuesday To the OSU Campus,

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed House Bill 2513 last week which allows certain persons to carry concealed weapons on Oklahoma’s College campuses. While we all share the concern for the safety of all of our campuses, this proposal is fraught with unnecessary risks.

We all honor our veterans and members of the armed services, but they are not immune from the few who act irrationally. And the training the bill requires for others is minimal. In the end, additional weapons on campus only increase the risk of a weapon in the possession of the wrong person. Moreover, there is no assurance that guns left in dorm rooms or in lockers by approved carriers would not fall into the hands of others.

This is not the solution. If it were, similar authorization should be allowed in the State Capitol as well as state, county and municipal offices. Tragedies happen in all areas of society, not just on college campuses. Witness the events at Tinker, post offices and other public places.

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