Apparently someone thought I was joking when I offered a school voucher amendment last week to a bill that will allow teachers and school administrators to carry guns in Oklahoma schools. Guns in schools are no joke. Guns have no place in an educational setting. I'm serious about empowering parents with the decision whether or not guns have a place in their children's schools.
Ordinarily, I would never support vouchers, allowing students to take public money to private schools. But if we're going to empower school teachers to carry guns, which House Bill 1062 does, then we should also empower parents to get their kids out of schools that do so. As a parent, this bill takes away my right to introduce the subject and presence of guns to my own children. I don't want that any more than I want the school to be the one that teaches the subject of sex to my children. That's my job.
I will support a bill that provides for highly trained resource officers for schools. But make no mistake, if another bill crosses the Legislature allowing teachers to carry guns in schools, I will file another amendment for school vouchers. That's how serious I am about empowering parents in this decision.
Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City
House Bill 1062, which would allow trained teachers to bring handguns to schools, passed the House and is pending in the state Senate.