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Free Gun Training for Teachers in Wake of Newtown Shootings

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Friday, December 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM

WOSU's Steve Brown reports that the Buckeye Firearms Association will offer a free, three-day "firearm training" course for Ohio teachers next year:

The first three-day course for 24 teachers is scheduled for early next month. The course will include class tuition, ammunition, and lodging. “The long-term goal is to develop a standard Armed Teacher curriculum and make the training available to any teacher or school official,” said Ken Hanson, the organization’s legal chair.

The Ohio firearm rights-advocacy group's offer comes as the National Rifle Association calls for placing armed guards in schools. From NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre's public statement today:

I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.

We also got a note this week from a retired Central Ohio teacher who says that teachers aren't the only ones who might need training. The "real first responders" are our school secretaries and receptionists, who are often the first ones to greet the parents and the public, she says.



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