Free Gun Training for Teachers: 5 Reasons This Is a Smart Idea

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A gun organization in Utah is offering free concealed weapons training for teachers. The Utah Shooting Sports Council normally charges a $50 fee, but in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, they’ve waived their fee for educators. The instruction is conducted with a plastic gun and a major emphasis will be how to respond to deadly threats. Leading gun expert Clark Aposhian says people in this situation should “announce they have a gun and retreat or take cover before trying to shoot.”

Training teachers how to handle guns is a really good idea for a number of reasons.

1. Gun-free zones aren't good enough when psychopaths don’t follow the rules. Sandy Hook Elementary School was a gun-free zone, and Connecticut has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. According to that logic, Adam Lanza never should have been able to murder all those babies. Guns on campus weren't allowed, after all.

2. Arming teachers is the easiest, fastest, most effective way to immediately increase our kids’ safety. There are many things we could do to improve school security. We could install metal detectors, bulletproof glass windows, alarm codes on classroom doors, or even employ security guards to roam campuses. All of that will take a tremendous amount of time and money, and in case you haven’t heard, we’re kind of in the midst of a financial crisis as the moment. The teachers are already there, they already care about the kids, and many are perfectly capable of handling a gun.

3. Everyone should know how to handle a gun. Just because these teachers are being trained to carry concealed weapons doesn't mean they are required to carry them. The training alone is beneficial to everyone, especially teachers. What if there’s a situation where a gunman loses his weapon and a teacher manages to get a hold of it? What good is it if she doesn’t know how to shoot and/or disarm it?

4. Teachers are decent, responsible people. For the most part, anyway. Educators with concealed carry permits that choose to arm themselves at school know about gun safety. They’re trained, they respect their weapons, and they are responsible with them. They’re not going to leave them lying around by the pencil sharpener. We trust cops with guns around our children, why not teachers?

5. President Obama supports having trained and armed adults on school campuses. Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., where Sasha and Malia are enrolled, employs 11 armed guards. Shouldn't public school children be offered the same protection as those whose parents can afford to send them to elite private schools? It only seems fair.

Do you think training teachers how to handle guns will make our schools safer?


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nonmember avatar ohthehumanity

I have read too many stories lately about teachers abusing their students and I would not be comfortable knowing that at any moment, the teacher could snap and do the unthinkable. Also, where would the teachers store these guns? Not everyone is ok with keeping a gun at home, especially with little kids around. Also, the more guns out in the public, the more opportunity for criminals to steal those guns. I think there should be more metal detectors in schools , but not more guns.

WCURi... WCURiverRat

So you want our schools to more closely resemble prisons?

Flori... Floridamom96

Ahahahaha, WCURiverRat! Yes, that's exactly what they want. They don't want actual security they want the appearance of security. You see it everywhere the government is in charge of "security". We get the mere appearance of security just to change the way people feel rather than genuinely being secure. I'm secure when I can stop the SOB who's in my house trying to rape me rather than hoping while I'm being raped that I can get to a phone, call 911, and that the police will get there before he also kills me. No thank you. I'd rather shoot the dirtbag and never get raped.

Estel... EstellaHavisham

I'm a teacher. I'm afraid of handling a gun. I wouldn't be okay with this. And I don't think I'm the only one who is (not feels, not thinks) this way. 

nonmember avatar Concerned Paren

Firearms are used more often by law-abiding citizens for self-defense than by deranged criminals to commit horrible acts of mass violence. For several examples for the recent use of firearms for defensive purposes not typically reported by the national media please visit: http://www.equalforce.net and forward this address to others to whom this information may be useful. @forceequalizer

Estel... EstellaHavisham

Floridamom, you're most likely to be raped by someone you know, not an intruder. In the Boston area (one of the largest metropolitan areas in the US) "75 percent of all survivors know their assailants; 80 percent of all rapes occur in the home. 90 percent of rape survivors on college campuses know their assailants. 93 percent of juvenile sexual assault survivors know their assailants." (http://barcc.org/information/facts/stats/)

belon... belongs2Jesus

@Estella so then don't carry a gun. And as a teacher I am sure that you know that a gun does not pick itself up aim itself and shoot itself at least I hope you do.

nonmember avatar Breanne

I don't understand the line of thinking that to reduce gun violence we need to increase the amount of guns. Does no one see that this stuff wouldn't happen if PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO GUNS?! And shooters are just getting smarter and more prepared; i.e. body armor. I am *not* comfortable with my child in a school where the teacher is packing heat. Yes, they're generally nice, normal people with the wellbeing of our children at heart, but many are not. The only way to keep guns from lunatics is to reduce their access to them. End of story.

Flori... Floridamom96

Estella, your point would be...?

MsRkg MsRkg

Arming every teacher in america is not the solution to this problem. Guns do not belong in a school.

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