Rep. wants teachers to carry guns at school

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma representative is working on a legislation to allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom. 

Monday Rep. Mark McCullough announced his plan that will, among other things, allow CLEET-certified teachers and principals to carry firearms at school and at school events.

“We cannot continue to be shackled by politically-correct, reflexive, anti-gun sentiment in the face of the obvious, our schools are soft targets,” Rep. McCullough said, R-Sapulpa. “It is incredibly irresponsible to leave our schools undefended, to allow mad men to kill dozens of innocents when we have a very simple solution available to us to prevent it.”

McCullough said he plans to ensure funding is available for CLEET certification for educators.

He said he would also like to see schools coordinate with local police departments.

“I trust my children to my local teachers and principal every day,” McCullough said. “I want to give these trusted, responsible educators the ability to defend themselves and our children in the same way any normal parent would in the face of the unthinkable.”

Lawmakers are currently in the process of drafting legislation, which must be filed by 4 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2013.