Teach­ers flock to arms class

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Paul Foy

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.

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