Teachers in Utah take aim at gun training
The Kansas City Star
The Utah Shooting Sports Council may be setting a trend in signing up about 200 teachers for six hours of concealed weapons training.
The council is waiving its $50 per person fee for the course today in a conference room at Maverick Center, a hockey arena in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley, The Associated Press reports. The “opportunity” follows the slayings of nearly 30 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
What’s clear is educators are just as concerned about the safety of children as parents and other adults. Just as in the general public, a sizable number of teachers think that more guns will ensure that perpetrators will avoid schools.
More guns, especially in schools around hundreds of children, however, will only ensure that schools are less safe. Any little incident could quickly become a major disaster.
Training will only give more people a false sense of security and an unrealistic amount of confidence over having guns around so many children.