State law in Oklahoma says that guns are allowed in parks, it is city ordinance that prohibits them. Currently, parks in Tulsa are ‘gun-free zones’ which will change very soon according the Mayor Breicha.
“City of Tulsa we do not desire to have stricter gun restrictions than what state law allows,” said Jarred Brejcha, of Mayor Bartlett’s administration.
Here is the link to the original news story from KTUL:
As usual, a lot of people are uncomfortable with the idea that guns will be permitted around their children. You see and hear comments like:
“Bad, bad idea, and bad law for sure,” said Tulsa city councilor Jack Henderson. He says parks aren’t the place for pistols.
“Parks is about kids having fun,” he said.
“I don’t think guns need to be in parks,” said Catherine Cresson.
“Who the hell needs a gun in a park?” asked Daniel Akers.
“Enough can go wrong when you have little kids in a park so I don’t really see a point in adding one more potential hazard,” said Craig Immel.
“I definitely don’t think it’s a place where you would need a gun,” said Justin Vinson.
“Who’s gonna take the blame if our child get, if they get shot?” asked Julia Lee Stokes. She is set to have a baby this September and was at the park today with her niece.
“The bullet has no name on it. So somebody could be shooting somebody to protect their self, but it could hit one of our children, and then who’s at fault then? Right. So is it gonna be the city’s fault? Are they gonna take blame for our children dying because of a stray bullet?” she asked.
For the average Joe, these comments seem like real concerns. But to say that “parks are for fun, not for guns” is completely ignorant in the sense that they’re assuming bad things never happen in parks. I can recall several experiences that happened in my own cities of residence.
Georgetown, TX- Rachel Cook was kidnapped while running through a park. It’s been over 10 years and her body has never been found.
Stephenville, TX- My first year of college, I attended Tarleton State University. Our city was on lock-down after 3 girls were raped and beheaded in the park. There was also an incident where a man walked up to a random woman watching her son play and stabbed her.
Need more? Ok, well here you go:
So much for not needing a gun. Not to mention, gun owners who actually spend time to learn how to properly handle a fire arm know their target and what is behind it, so a ‘stray bullet’ hitting a child would not be the issue that everyone makes it out to be. Either way, I guess gun-control advocates will be opposed to gun freedom no matter what we decide.
To conclude my little article here, I would like to add that comparing current gun freedom laws to the Wild West makes you look extremely uniformed. I mean seriously, is that the best response you have? Like this guy..