To the Editor:
In just a few days, it will be Nov. 1 and one thing that means here in Oklahoma is that people with conceal carry permits for handguns will be able to openly carry them most anywhere in the state.
The law specifically prohibits the open carry of handguns on properties owned or leased by the city, state or federal government, at corrections facilities, at bars, in schools or college campuses and at sports arenas during sporting events.
In addition, any business can prohibit the open carry of handguns on their premises by simply posting a sign to that effect.
I have a respect for the rule of law and understand that if after Nov. 1 a person decides to open carry their handgun where it is allowed, then they can certainly do so.
I also have the right to look out for my own personal health and safety and I will not be comfortable at a place of business that allows the open carry of handguns and will no longer use the services of those businesses. It is hard to imagine why businesses like restaurants, banks, grocery stores, etc., would allow handguns to be carried on their premises, but I expect that many will.
I hope that the businesses in Edmond will consider the needs of all their customers and conclude that the presence of openly carried handguns is not the type of environment that most people would want.
I also would hope that the holders of handgun carry permits would consider why they would feel the need to carry a handgun when going to a restaurant or bank or grocery store or any other retail outlet. Perhaps after giving this some thought they would just leave their gun in their car.
Finally, if the state Legislature thought open carry was such a good idea, why did they prohibit it at the state Capitol and all other state offices? Did they feel the need for more protection than they afforded to the rest of us?
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President Obama’s irresponsible budget
President Obama recently released his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. While Congress ultimately has jurisdiction over drafting the budget and appropriating funding, the president’s budget serves as a blueprint and sets his administration’s agenda for the upcoming year. Sadly, the president has offered a plan to Congress that adds to our mounting debt, hikes taxes and makes indiscriminate cuts to our national defense.
Daniel writes of growing pains
Richard Daniel is an Oklahoma native who has recently returned to the state after retiring from a 28-year career in law enforcement in California. He also served in the U.S. military and acted in several movies and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Daniel has recently written a memoir of his upbringing in Oklahoma that is titled “Momma Loves us, This I Know.” In that work Daniel tells a harrowing tale of how he and his brother and sister lived in extreme poverty and experienced abuse at the hands of his alcoholic father and stepfather.
County budget issue drives away road improvements
I am interested in working with other local officials to present a town hall meeting about the earthquakes that have been torturing area residents during the past few weeks. The forum would allow local residents to ask questions of the energy sector and state geological professionals. Would you have an interest in attending an event like this? If so, please let me know. If there is enough interest, I plan to help coordinate the effort.
A bailout for Ukrainians, by Ukrainians?
Like the reigns of many corrupt leaders, that of Viktor Yanukovich ended in farce. But there’s nothing farcical about Ukraine’s situation.
Russian troops have taken over its Crimean region, and President Vladimir Putin last week said that Russia “reserves the right to use all means at our disposal to protect” Russian-speakers in Ukraine.
Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court, don’t tread on small investors
For more than a quarter of a century, investors have been able to bring class-action lawsuits against companies that have fraudulently inflated their stock prices without having to prove that each buyer of the stock had been individually duped. Now, industrial giant Halliburton Co. is trying to persuade the Supreme Court to make such lawsuits significantly harder, if not impossible, to bring. That would be a fantastic result for publicly traded companies, but a terrible one for the average investor.
HEY HINK: Obama loses vote in Democrat-controlled Senate
This week, the Senate dealt President Obama a humiliating defeat. His nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division was derailed by a 47-to-52 talley with eight Democrats among the “no” votes. This outcome is tragic for all concerned; the president, the nominee, the Senate and the American people.
CONSIDER THIS: Why does American Indian Cultural Center matter?
We can fulfill an obligation to our Native American brethren, cultures, histories and ourselves by completing the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
Women raise their voices for peace, security
International Women’s Day has been observed on March 8 since the early 1900s. From factory workers to abolitionists, women began to speak out against women’s oppression and inequality. They organized to demand better working conditions, equal pay and the right to vote. As 50 percent of the world’s population, our foremothers realized they had a critical role to play in the political, social and economic life of their society and it was time for their voices to be heard.
Education Savings Accounts are worth the fight
Throughout the course of a legislative session, many bills are proposed, discussed and voted on. Lots of times, good bills pass and become law. Sometimes, good bills focused on important topics do not make it to law. For one reason or another, it just didn’t receive the votes. That can even happen to measures that have widespread support.
Shotgun homes stand in Oklahoma
In 1791 a slave rebellion broke out in what was then the French colony of Haiti and over the next several years French citizens fleeing the conflict made their way to New Orleans. Those refugees brought with them traditions that were to have an impact on their new homeland.
They included the custom of constructing small homes that were one room wide and featured several other rooms behind the front one with doors at both the front and back of the structure that in time became know as “shotgun houses.” The term shotgun is said to reflect the fact that a bullet could be fired through the front door and go through every room in the house.
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