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.