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How Oklahoma politicians are reacting to Tulsa's mass shooting

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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.

Robby Korth joined KOSU as its news director in November 2022.
Ryan LaCroix is the Director of Content and Audience Development for KOSU.
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