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Oklahoma Rifle Association director: Goal should be to get to heart of the matter

BY CHARLES H. SMITH Published: February 16, 2013

Secondly, we should address the “Culture of Violence” existing in the nation today. The entertainment industry has to take responsibility for its rampant exploitation of violence. We do not advocate censorship, but demand that filmmakers and video games makers take responsibility for the messages they send to the nation's youth.

Somehow politicians and gun-haters believe that all we must do is “make a law,” as if such action would deter acts of violence. They tout bans and “gun-free zones” as the answer while any thinking individual knows these are largely empty, symbolic gestures.

The Oklahoma Rifle Association supports the National Rifle Association's call for armed officers in every school. With every gun-free zone comes the responsibility of government and the education systems to provide security for our children. We can't have the former without the latter.

The ORA urges the defeat of proposed legislation that attacks and diminishes the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Instead, let's advance legislation that goes to the heart of the problem to secure the safety of Americans, especially our children. Don't let the nation's law-abiding gun owners become fall guys for the devious or misguided in seats of power.

Smith, of Yukon, is executive director of the Oklahoma Rifle Association.