Teachers flock to arms class
SALT LAKE CITY — More than 200 Utah teachers are expected to pack a convention hall today for six hours of concealed-weapons training as organizers seek to arm more educators in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting.
The Utah Shooting Sports Council said it normally gathers a dozen teachers every year for instruction required to legally carry a concealed weapon in public places. The state’s leading gun lobby decided to offer teachers the training at no charge to encourage turnout, and it worked.
Organizers who initially capped attendance at 200 were exceeding that number Wednesday and scrambling to accommodate an overflow crowd.
“Schools are some of the safest places in the world, but I think teachers understand that something has changed,” said Clark Aposhian, one of Utah’s leading gun instructors.
Gun-rights advocates say teachers can act more quickly than law enforcement in the critical first few minutes to protect children from the kind of shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead in Newtown, Conn.