The Oklahoma Commission on School Security on Tuesday announced policy recommendations after a comprehensive analysis of Oklahoma school security issues. The policy recommendations were formally released in the 2013 Report of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security.
Commission was formed after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December.
President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon asked Lt. Governor Todd Lamb to chair the statewide commission. Lt. Governor Lamb is a former United States Secret Service Agent and as a State Senator was the principal author of the 2008 Oklahoma School Security Act. Commission agendas included speaker testimony and discussion on the various factors related to school security including but not limited to public safety, mental health, training, engineering and local control.
“The members of this commission sacrificed their time and provided their expertise to this very important issue,” said Lt. Governor Lamb. “As parents we want all children to do well academically, but our first priority is for our children, our students to be safe and secure during their school day. No policy can prevent evil from occurring, but our hope is that these recommendations will mitigate and lessen the potential of future large scale school violence.”
The Oklahoma Commission on School Security was given a March deadline in order for recommendations to be placed in bills this legislative session.
After hearing expert testimony and completing their study, the Oklahoma Commission on School Security submitted the following legislative recommendations:
1) Formation of the Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI)
2) Establish a Mental Health First Aid Training Pilot Program
3) Amend and change state law to consolidate and require safety drills
4) Require the reporting of firearms found on school property to local law enforcement
5) Establish a school security tip line
The 22 members of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security represented various backgrounds including homeland security, local police, local school personnel, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and mental health.
The 2013 Report of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security can be viewed in its entirety online at www.ok.gov/ltgovernor.
Senate Communications Division
The State Senate approved a concurrent resolution Tuesday commending local, state and federal law enforcement agencies for their efforts in the wake of a series of shootings this past weekend in north Tulsa that left three people dead and two injured. Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 was authored by Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa, Rep. Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa, and Rep. Seneca Scott, D-Tulsa.
Crain, a former Tulsa assistant district attorney, said he was extremely pleased by the interagency cooperation throughout the investigation and arrest of two suspects.
“This was a very frightening situation, but the Tulsa Police Department, the FBI and other agencies worked together efficiently and effectively to reassure the public and work quickly to solve this terrible crime,” Crain said. “They all are to be congratulated for their hard work.”
Agencies involved in the case included the Tulsa Police Department, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and U.S. Marshalls. Lawmakers also praised the efforts of Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan, Mayor Dewey Bartlett, and City Councilman Jack Henderson for keeping the community informed of law enforcement efforts and reassuring citizens those responsible would be found and arrested.
“I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the performance of the Tulsa Police Department throughout this past weekend. They were reassuring to the people of this community, and showed only the highest degree of professionalism, as did everyone involved,” Eason McIntyre said. “We’re also grateful to the citizens who contacted Crime Stoppers and helped solve this case so quickly.”
SCR 35 now moves to the House of Representatives.
Sales of handguns and ammunition are booming across the country, and retailers say it’s all about the November election.
Gun shop owners around the nation told FoxNews.com that sales, brisk ever since President Obama was elected, have spiked upward in recent months. And manufacturers are having so much trouble keeping up with the demand that one, Sturm, Ruger & Co., can’t keep up with demand. The Southport, Conn.-based company has had to suspend new orders after taking orders for more than 1 million guns in the first three months of the year. Smith & Wesson sales are way up, as well.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/22/gun-sales-off-to-bang-for-election-year/#ixzz1pu1BeqyL
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Attorney General Eric Holder is no Johnny-come-lately to gun control.
A videotape has surfaced that shows him advocating gun control way back in 1995 and, scarier yet, he then advocted using Hollywood, the news media and government to “really brainwash people” into opposing the legal ownership of guns.
Holder was U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia speaking to the Women’s National Democratic Club when he made the brainwash statement.
He said, “What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes.”
Now, if Holder had said, we need to convince young people from unstable homes who are gang members and dope dealers to avoid firearms and quit killing people on the streets, we’d agree with that.
In 1995, Holder said that he wanted to use influential figures like then-Washington Mayor Marion Barry (a doper, by the way) and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as well as widely watched tv shows to forward his anti-gun campaign. He sought to push that same agenda through public schools as well, “every day, every school, at every level.”
Sounds like government propaganda to me…and we all know what government propaganda did to Germany in the 1930s.
I’m Mike McCarville here on Cam and Company.
House Media Division
Legislation giving officials clear legal authority to use deadly force against dangerous individuals at a place of worship has been approved by the House of Representatives.
“While I certainly hope this legislation is never needed, there have been several cases in recent years where citizens at a place of worship were the target of violence,” said Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “Should that occur again, this legislation simply makes clear that the right to self-defense applies to a place of worship just as it does for citizens in their homes, vehicles and businesses under current law.”
House Bill 2988, by Ritze, declares that “the citizens of the State of Oklahoma have a right to expect absolute safety within their own homes, places of business, or places of worship” and that officials at any place of worship are allowed to use defensive force in cases where there is “a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm.”
He noted several cases where acts of violence have occurred or threats have been issued at places of worship in Oklahoma.
In 2009, Pastor Carol Daniels was killed at the Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko.
In Edmond, the Fairview Baptist Church received a bomb threat after its pastor spoke out against a city policy regarding homosexuals.
In 2005, Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty, founding pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, was assaulted during an alter call.
“It is not unusual for a church or other place of worship to offer ministries and programs to the broader community, such as women’s shelters and children’s services,” Ritze said. “Officials at the place of worship must have the clear legal authority to protect those citizens should a dangerous threat arise.”
House Bill 2988 passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan 78-9 vote. It now proceeds to the Senate.
A bill allowing Oklahomans with a license to carry a concealed firearm to carry openly if they prefer has passed the House.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Gun sales are booming across Texas, and some buyers say their growing belief that President Barack Obama’s re-election is inevitable is fueling their race to bear more arms.
So brisk have sales been that the rush has created a nationwide shortage of firearms and ammunition, the Star-Telegram reports. Fort Worth gun shop owner DeWayne Irwin said the rush is similar to one seen shortly after the president’s 2008 election.
Alan Korwin, author of nine books on gun laws and operator of a gun laws website, tells the Star-Telegram that some are worried that Obama’s re-election would embolden a major gun control push.
Korwin said people worry that if Obama wins “he will go after firearms in a way we have never seen before.” He added the belief is fueled by perceived disarray in the field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.
A man is dead after being shot by an Oklahoma City homeowner during an apparent burglary Wednesday night, police said.
About 10:15 p.m., a woman called 911 and said she had shot a man trying to break into her home in the 600 block of SW 51, Oklahoma City police Lt. Jason Samuel said.
The man died at the scene, Samuel said. His name was not released.
The homeowner told officers she did not know the man, Samuel said.
Read more: http://newsok.com/man-is-shot-and-killed-during-apparent-burglary-in-oklahoma-city/article/3653605#ixzz1nrBXluB
House Media Division
Oklahomans could soon have the right to openly carry a firearm under legislation approved by a House committee today.
House Bill 2522 would allow any individual who obtains a license to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act to carry the weapon either openly or concealed.
State Rep. John Bennett, who co-authored the legislation, said it addresses many of the concerns raised when the open-carry issue was debated last year.
“This is a great open-carry bill that answers the concerns raised by both sides of the aisle,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw. “My constituents have overwhelmingly stated they want an open carry law, and I am pleased to see this common-sense measure receive such strong support today.”
House Bill 2522 would allow an Oklahoma citizen to carry a loaded firearm for any legitimate purpose on his or her own private property. The bill prohibits a business from implementing policies that prevent citizens from having ammunition in a locked motor vehicle in a parking lot.
Under the bill, the lawful open carrying of a handgun pursuant to the Oklahoma Self Defense Act could not be designated by any municipality or other political subdivision as disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace or a similar offense against public order.