Utah Teachers Get Free Gun Training in Wake of Newtown School Shootings
Hundreds of teachers gathered in an indoor sports arena in Utah on Dec. 27 to participate in a free instruction course on the handling of firearms, the latest preventative measure taken to thwart future mass school shootings, such as the one in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.
"If we have the ability to stop something, we should do it," Jessica Fiveash told The Associated Press. Fiveash was one of the 200 teachers who gathered at the arena on Thursday to learn how to safely use a firearm.
The six-hour instruction course was organized by the Utah Shooting Sports Council, the state's leading gun lobby, which told Reuters that in the past, annual training sessions have attracted an average of 16 teachers, but the recent shooting in Newtown produced so many applicants that the council was forced to cap attendance at 200 for its December session....