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Teachers Prepare to Arm Themselves, Push for Guns on Campus
Teachers and other school employees in Oklahoma City and Tulsa took a weapons course Saturday offered for free by the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association. OK2A said the course are meant to prepare teachers to carry, if the Oklahoma legislature passes new gun laws.
Teachers who took the course said they are pushing for the bills to go through.
"I have ten great three-year-olds that I would do anything to protect and I think we need to be able to have guns in the schools," Tammy McClellin, a preschool teacher, said.
McClellin works at a private school in Oklahoma City where there are no security guards and few safety measures. But, she doesn't think public schools are much safer.
"The world's not the same as it was 20 years ago," she said.
"At some point a teacher's self defense actions should not be reduced to begging in a class room for their life," OK2A Vice President Don Spencer said.
Spencer said arming teachers may be the only way to stop future tragedy.
"The only thing that's going to stop these crazy people is to meet force with force," he said.
State lawmakers have pushed forward with gun proposals that would allow armed teachers and more guns on school campuses. A house committee passed the bills this week. They can now move on for debate and a vote.
Teachers who participated in the free courses can now apply for licenses with their sheriff's office.
Posted: Saturday, February 9 2013, 09:18 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Wife guilty in Nichols Hills fire chief slaying
May 22, 2013 00:24 GMT
EL RENO, Okla. (AP) -- A jury in El Reno has convicted Rebecca Bryan of the murder of her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, and recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Jurors reached the Tuesday verdict after about four hours of deliberation.
The 54-year-old Bryan claimed an intruder had shot her husband, though police found her Ruger pistol in a clothes dryer in their home after the shooting.
The gun was matched to the bullet used to shoot Keith Bryan in 2011 at the couple's Mustang home. Police also found a spent shell casing and a left-handed rubber glove wrapped in a bullet-riddled blanket.
The Oklahoman reports (http://is.gd/mvC6Mi ) Bryan didn't display her emotions when the verdict was read. Her lawyer gave her a hug and told her he was sorry.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com
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