How Oklahoma politicians are reacting to Tulsa's mass shooting
Oklahoma’s elected leaders offered up many thoughts and prayers in the wake of a mass shooting in Tulsa Wednesday that left five people, including the gunman, dead.
Gov. Kevin Stitt ordered flags be flown at half staff across the state for four days in honor of the four victims.
Others called for legislative action. Oklahoma Democrats called for gun control measures.
House Democrats specifically unveiled The Stand Against Violence and Extremism (SAVE) Act, which would repeal existing laws deregulating gun use in Oklahoma. Those include those following actions:
- Repeal Anti-Red Flag Law (SB1081)
- Repeal Permitless Carry (HB2597)
- Repeal Conceal Carry in Zoos, Public Parks (HB2010)
- New Statewide Red Flag Law
- New Waiting Period Law
- New Legislation to Raise Minimum Purchase Age to 21
"Tulsa, Taft, Uvalde, these events are preventable," said Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa. "The solutions we are presenting are not 'liberal' ideas. They are common-sense, life-saving ideas. If a lawmaker doesn’t support the SAVE Act, I hope they are asked what their plan is to protect school children and public spaces."
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Norman Mayor Breea Clark were part of a reissued 2019 letter that urges the U.S. Senate to pass several gun safety bills already passed by the House. It’s unclear what action — if any — will be taken.
An NPR tally shows the Tulsa shooting was the 233rd mass shooting of the year.
What happened today in Tulsa is a senseless act of violence and hatred. Sarah and I are praying for the families of those who lost their lives and for those who were injured. (1/3)— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) June 2, 2022
Cindy and I are heartbroken to hear the devastating news out of Tulsa this evening. We are praying for the families of the lives that were taken far too soon and for a full recovery for those who were injured today.— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) June 2, 2022
As we continue to learn new information about the terrible situation in Tulsa today, one thing is clear: tragedy is in the loss of life.— Sen. Jim Inhofe (@JimInhofe) June 2, 2022
Praying for my hometown and my friends at St. Francis and for the violence in our communities to end.— Joy Hofmeister (@joy4ok) June 1, 2022
Thank you to @TulsaPolice and local first responders for their swift action yesterday. I have no doubt their heroic response saved countless lives. My heart remains heavy with grief for those who lost loved ones and for the entire St. Francis community. Please join me in prayer.— Markwayne Mullin (@RepMullin) June 2, 2022
I just spoke with Chief Wendell Franklin, who updated me on the terrible situation near St. Francis. There’s still a lot we don’t know about what happened tonight in the Natalie Building, but what we do know is this: multiple lives were taken from us, & many more changed forever.— Kevin Hern (@repkevinhern) June 2, 2022
Oklahoma City’s prayers go out to the victims of the shooting in Tulsa, their families, the health care professionals affected, and all the people of Tulsa.— Mayor David Holt (@davidfholt) June 2, 2022