Skip to comments.More of the Same from Senator Barrington [OK]
Posted on 04/03/2013 5:19:52 AM PDT by aragorn
Senator Don Barrington (R-Lawton), Chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, is the consummate politician. He's very good at keeping you at bay when you want to know his intentions with the bills assigned to his committee. He smiles and is quite personable as he tells you he'll "take a look at it."
We've heard "I'll take a look at it" quite a bit. It is becoming clear, though, that the Senator is not interested in furthering the rights of gun owners. Oh, sure, he does just enough so he can tell his constituents he is pro-gun, but is he really?
Case in point. He has an opportunity to hear some very important bills. The Firearms Freedom Act, a bill prohibiting public employees from using pubic money to promote gun control, and another to remove the felony penalty for carrying a gun on a bus. Did the Senator schedule these bills for his final meeting this week? No. Instead he schedules two bills, one that increases the number of students in SDA classes and another providing for a 10-year certificate for SDA instructors. Yes, they're two good bills, but let's be honest; they don't really do anything to further our gun rights.
Why won't he hear the others? Not enough time? I doubt that. He has scheduled a whopping seven bills for the final meeting. Not to mention, they took Wednesday afternoon and all of Thursday off last week. Why? For Good Friday.
The Senator said he would not hear HB1558, the bus carry bill, unless he got a letter of endorsement from an organization in Virginia even though his own constituents have asked him to hear it. Apparently the Senator values the opinions of Virginians over Oklahomans.
There's actually more than enough blame to go around. Senator Schulz had an opportunity to move the bill from Senator Barrington's Committee to another committee. The Senate author and the chairman of the other committee actually requested it be moved and promised to hear the bill. Senator Schulz did absolutely nothing.
The deadline for HB1558 (Bus Carry), HB2020 (prohibiting promotion of gun control with public money), HB2021 (Firearms Freedom Act), and HB 2221 (immunity from liability for business that allow carry) to be added to the agenda for the final meeting of the Senate Public Safety Committee is Wednesday morning. Please call Senator Barrington and ask him why he hasn't scheduled these bills. And, ask him why he's more concerned about what a Virginian thinks about HB1558 than his own constituents.
Senator Barrington's phone number is 405-521-5563 and his email address is email@example.com.
Got answer machine and left a message asking why those bills are not being heard and why is he more interested in Virginia than his constituents? Urged him to be more interested in 2nd amendment rights of the people of this state.
Further proof that an (R-Podunk) behind the name means nothing. The other case in point was the state Senate committee chair from Bartlesville that pulled the same shenanigan with the guns in schools bill on the pretense that the Lt.Gov.’s commission solved the problem.
I did exactly the same thing as I was driving back home from out of state this morning.
Yep. We need to keep the heat on these guys. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to visit with them face to face next Thursday while we are at the state Capitol for Second Amendment Day, though they may be surprised by what we have to say!