More than 700 teachers and administrators attended the all-day session on gun laws and safety at Kennedale High School in Dallas-Fort Worth area yesterday.
The free class was organized by Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill and Kyle, who was fatally shot at a North Texas shooting range in February.
“It went from 20 to 30 teachers to the more than 700 we have here today. It just exploded with Chris’ involvement,” Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn told the Dallas Morning News.
Teachers from across the state and at least one representative from each school district in North Texas attended the class, which was organized in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., according to the report.
Participants who complete the required live-ammunition firing training will be eligible for concealed-handgun licenses, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.
Last week, the Texas Senate Education Committee approved a plan to train armed teachers for gunfights in classrooms or at campus sporting events or board meetings.
Texas already allows teachers and other school personnel who have previously been certified to carry concealed weapons to do so in classrooms with the permission of their local school districts.
The proposal calls for 16 hours of training to instruct teachers how to first conceal children during an attack, and then return fire. It would apply to charter schools as well as public schools that don’t already employ armed guards.
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Several proposals to extend the reach of guns in schools are moving through the Texas Legislature, which opened its biannual session a month after 20 school children were killed in a mass shooting in Connecticut.
The NRA supports training and arming school personnel who volunteer to protect the children in their charge. Progressives are against it because their gun control proposals are not about public safety. The objective of the left is to ban gun possession of firearms by civilians in incremental steps.
“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” -George Washington First President of the United States