Oklahoma lawmaker's school safety proposal merits careful consideration
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There is no perfect plan. Some districts may rely on in-house security or local police, while educational staff may be crucial in others. Districts' varying needs and demographics make this a true local control issue; one size will not fit all.
Sadly, in no case can it be certain a school will never be targeted. No one can predict the unpredictable or be totally prepared for it.
Even if authorized, we doubt most teachers would carry a weapon. But those who obtain CLEET certification could likely be trusted. More than 144,000 Oklahomans possess a right-to-carry license with little problem.
Lawmakers shouldn't pass a law to simply say they've done something in response to Connecticut. But nor should they reject proposals in a knee-jerk fashion either. McCullough's legislation may not ultimately warrant enactment, but with children's lives potentially on the line, it does deserve careful consideration and thoughtful analysis.