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School gun bills need thoughtful review

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: February 8, 2013
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Legislation allowing the arming of school personnel who complete police-style training has gained committee approval. Such programs typically involve about 240 hours of training on firearms and other issues, far more than what's required for a concealed carry permit.

Several school administrators oppose the bill, but hundreds of teachers and other school personnel have reportedly signed up for free firearms courses.

One size won't fit all schools dealing with security challenges. And without funding for training, this particular discussion may be moot. We've cautioned against knee-jerk reactions, pro-gun or con, in the school security debate. We recognize that the issue raised by Lamb would also apply to armed guards.

What's most important is for lawmakers to be just as thoughtful in developing policies to protect children and bystanders as the Secret Service is protecting the president.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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