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School gun bills need thoughtful review

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: February 8, 2013
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Todd Lamb is a political conservative, former law enforcement official and parent of young children. So the state's lieutenant governor is a good choice to chair the new Oklahoma Commission on School Security. Lamb brings much to the debate over arming school personnel.

“I've exercised the Second Amendment, NRA member, the whole deal,” Lamb recently told The Oklahoman's editorial board. “But when you start putting guns in classrooms, it's more than just saying, ‘Well, are you qualified to carry a weapon?'”

As a member of the Secret Service, Lamb was originally issued a 9 mm. Two years later, agents were issued .357-caliber revolvers. He said the change was made because with the 9 mm “you could hit your bad guy, it goes through the bad guy, through the Sheetrock and hits an innocent bystander in the next room.”

He notes this issue involves more than firearms proficiency.

“You've got to have a really deep understanding, not just training and qualification, but pretty in-depth training on speed, velocity and calibration, what bullets can and can't do inside buildings, inside rooms,” Lamb said.

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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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