Sunday: Gun control off-limits in Oklahoma school security talks
BY WAYNE GREENE World Senior Writer
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb — chairman of the state panel charged with investigating school security after the Sandy Hook massacre — said he goes into the process with no preconceived conclusions, except that the result won’t be a gun control proposal.
“To be proactive we have to have every issue on the table and have a comprehensive approach,” Lamb said.
Except for gun control.
“Gun control is not going to be part of the discussion of the commission,” Lamb said. “That’s a federal issue.”
The commission holds its first meeting Tuesday at the state Capitol. Kenneth Trump, a nationally recognized consultant on school security issues, is scheduled to talk to the group by Skype.
State Mental Health Commissioner Terri White and Office of Homeland Security Director Kim Carter also are on the agenda.
Job one for the commission will be a comprehensive analysis of school safety, followed by an informed discussion of a broad range of ideas for making that situation better, Lamb said.
The panel draws its membership from diverse fields, including police, school and community leaders, and that assures it will have the expertise to come up with good ideas quickly, Lamb said.
The panel will likely meet four or five times before issuing its findings in March — in time for legislative action this year.
Read more in Sunday's World.
Lt.-Gov.-elect Todd Lamb talks to the Tulsa chamber at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Tulsa on Dec. 15, 2010. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World