Representative Tom Cole (R-OK 4th)
8th-term Republican from Oklahoma.
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Weapons Ban

Rep. Tom Cole
Sen. James Inhofe

February 27, 2013

I am a Paramedic from Oklahoma. I have been in the EMS field for around 16 years. In that time I have seen many thing good and bad. In all that time I can count on one hand the number of times were a gun was used to kill another person. I have seen more death from assaults with nothing more than a fist being used. I have seen several car wrecks that have killed more people in a single vehicle than I have seen with guns. Gun control is not the answer and never will be. Honest law abiding American gun owners are not the problem and will never be the problem. If a person decides to do harm to another there is little to nothing that can be done to stop that person. No matter if they have a gun or not. Even before the recent school shooting I had serious concerns about the safety of my children. My children have told me about how they are suppose to move away from the doors and hide in a corner. What good will this do except make them easier targets. I have gone as far as to tell my children that if anything like this should ever happen that they should be right by the door and attack anyone that comes in that door. I should not have to tell my children this, but I would rather them have a fighting chance instead of just being slaughtered. there is a very easy fix for this problem. Train and arm our teachers. they are there to teach and protect out children. With the size of the schools in my area you would only need say 2 teachers in the building with access to a weapon. Banning weapons will never stop bad person from doing bad things.

Duncan , OK