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Oklahoma Republicans Introduce Bill to Keep Guns in School Secret

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Parents in Oklahoma want to know if their children’s teachers are packing heat but the state legislature wants to keep that information a secret.

Legislation that will keep the information secret by exempting it from public records requests has now passed through the House and is moving through the state Senate.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jeff Coody (R), says secrecy is for the safety of the armed personnel.

But Rep. Jason Dunnington (D) thinks parents have a right to know. “I voted against this bill as a parent with children in the Oklahoma public school system,” he told ThinkProgress. “If a teacher has firearms in the classroom, parents should be able to know who that is. What if the teacher is a notorious gun lover or mentally unqualified?”

Teachers who carry guns will be required to undergo training and gain approval from the Board of Education, but none of that information will be accessible to the public if this bill is signed into law.

Aside from the obvious safety concerns many parents have, it seems to me this will also effectively blacklist a small portion of the state’s budget for education. Schools can pay for the training and certification of their teachers to carry guns but that information won’t be available.

Rep. Coody has implied that making the information available would make the teachers a target, but that seems like quite a contradiction to me. If the presence of guns alone is suppose to ward off any would-be attackers by eliminating “gun-free zones,” shouldn’t that information be public? Shouldn’t it be advertised? How else will the evildoers know that it’s not a so-called “gun-free zone?”

  • Draxiar

    Maybe….if Representative Dunnington used the “circle-circle-dot-dot” trick the legislation would go away? It always worked for me when I was a kid…

  • swift_4

    While I understand the concerns of the person. They only just started worrying now if their kid’s teacher is “mentally unqualified”. Explains a lot about Oklahoma perhaps.

  • Nefercat

    “The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jeff Coody (R), says secrecy is for the safety of the armed personnel.”
    ——————————
    I’m more concerned about the safety of the unarmed people surrounded by the armed personnel. The armed personnel have their guns. Why would they need anything more to keep them safe?

  • muselet

    The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jeff Coody (R), says secrecy is for the safety of the armed personnel.

    I thought the whole idea behind moar gunz! was that firearms make everyone safer. And, now I think about it, I could swear the gundamentalists insisted open carry was the best idea evar! ’cause the bad guys would know they weren’t the only ones armed.

    Why, it’s almost as if the gun-lickers haven’t been arguing in good faith.

    (Wrong link, Ashby. Happens to the best of us.)

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      Love the term “gundamentalist.”

      • muselet

        I only wish I’d thought of it.

        –alopecia

      • Nefercat

        It is nice, isn’t it? More genteel than gun-humpers.

        • swift_4

          Gumpers?

        • ninjaf

          They start as gun-humpers in their teens and then grow into their gundamentalism as they mature.

    • JMAshby

      Son of a…

      I’ve been so stressed out this week I’ve been going to bed at 10. I’m 31 not 71. So that gives you an idea of my state of mind.

      • muselet

        No worries.

        As much as you post, I’m amazed it doesn’t happen more often.

        –alopecia