Thursday, August 7, 2008
Local Official Speaks At National Press Club
Oklahoma State Representative Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie), accepted a recent invitation to speak at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Murphey's presentation received nationwide television coverage on C-Span and focused on 2nd amendment rights issues in Oklahoma.
Murphey was introduced by the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation Alan Gottlieb. In addition to Murphey, other speakers at the conference included various academic professors from across the country, Attorney Alan Gura who presented the recent successful arguments to the Supreme Court overturning the Washington DC gun ban and national talk show host Gordon Liddy.
Murphey's presentation focused on his experience with 2nd Amendment legislation in Oklahoma and the lessons learned from those experiences. Murphey, who serves as Vice-Chairman of the Oklahoma House Homeland Security subcommittee, encouraged 2nd amendment activists to focus on making both logical and emotional connections with those who are undecided on 2nd amendment issues. According to Murphey concealed carry laws protect the victims from the aggressors and he thinks it is important to illustrate this fact by using stories and real world instances of individuals successfully employing their 2nd amendment rights in the protection of themselves and others.
"It was an honor to be able to speak at the National Press Club," Murphey said. "I am especially appreciative to the sponsors for inviting me and consider it a privilege to speak out in defense of the 2nd amendment."
The National Press Club is located two blocks from the White House and is one of the world's leading professional organizations for journalists.