Lake Hefner shootings spark renewed gun debate

Lake Hefner shootings spark renewed gun debate

In the hours after Oklahoma City police announced that an armed bystander killed the Lake Hefner restaurant shooter on Thursday, a debate erupted over "good guys" and "bad guys" with guns. State lawmakers, gubernatorial candidates and the National Rifle Association weighed in on social media, along with dozens of people venting about the Second Amendment and gun control. Oklahoma state Rep. Emily Virgin, a Norman Democrat, said on Twitter, "Thankful that someone stopped this before it got worse, but ultimately we’ve got to prevent shootings from happening in the first place. Don’t let ‘bad guys’ get guns and then ‘good guys with guns’ won’t have to stop them." Virgin’s comment came within minutes of an Oklahoma City Police Department tweet that the shooter was "apparently" shot to death by an armed citizen. State Rep. Cindi Munson, an Oklahoma City Democrat, tweeted that "Lake Hefner is a sanctuary for me and many of us in the OKC area. My prayers are with everyone who thought they’d be having dinner in a safe place tonight. This is too close to home. Common sense gun laws have been necessary, but now more so than ever." State Sen. Nathan Dahm, a Broken Arrow Republican who wants legislators to call themselves into special session to address Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of the constitutional carry bill, said on Facebook Friday, "Last night, a terrible tragedy was stopped here in Oklahoma by a law-abiding citizen who was armed and prepared. "The right to self-defense is a […]

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