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February 28, 2013

More guns isn’t an option

NORMAN — We’ve not come across too many public school teachers or police officers who believe the answer to school shootings is to put more guns in classrooms.

But that doesn’t stop Oklahoma lawmakers from making it available for teachers. A bill passed Wednesday through the House Public Safety Committee that would allow districts to arm teachers who go through at least 120 hours of training.

The Associated Press reported that the committee approved an earlier version of the bill that required 240 hours of training. The bill’s author, Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, amended it with the lower requirement.

The program is completely voluntary, and individual districts would be responsible for developing policies and training. Teacher groups have opposed the measure, saying firearms in classrooms causes more safety and liability issues.

Lawmakers backed away from allowing students or teachers to carry guns in college classrooms. We hope the legislature does the same with public schools.

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