Free firearms course offered to school employees

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 27, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    This is a problem that goes far beyond any simplistic discussion of either gun control or mental health.

    It needs to be tackled very seriously while examining all aspects of it. It's society, mental health, culture, weaponry, and perhaps a hundred other interrelated factors all rolled together into one incredibly complex casserole.

    But this America. And if any nation can solve it, we can.

    We just need to find the will to work together to do it. And that will require ALL of us to put aside preconceived notions -- no matter how sacred they may seem to us.

    The very first thing that MUST happen will be for extremists on both sides of the gun issue to sit down, shut up, and LISTEN to those on the other side and in the middle. Then, before speaking again, THINK.

    Until we can all do that, we're not going to make any progress.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2012 12:06 a.m.

    That's right, fight fire with fire. Obviously more guns make us safer, the 12,000+ murders per year notwithstanding.

    I don't think most people realize how difficult it is to shoot accurately with a hand gun, even at close distances. Too many people watch TV and think they will be able to take down a 'bad guy' while running 150 feet away. If I end up as collateral damage because some guy wants to be a big hero I'm going to be annoyed.

    I'm just glad nothing is being done to fix how we deal with mental health. And thank goodness we aren't having a national conversation about how to limit access to guns for people who shouldn't have them.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 11:00 p.m.

    Great work! A practical, real world tool to help make our kids safer, and being done in a way that does not require a massive government bureaucracy and billions of dollars.

    A special thanks has to go to those dedicated educators who have considered the risks that exist in today's world, and decided that they want to have options other than just be an unarmed victim in a "gun free zone" that protects no one.

    Finally thank you to the wise Utah legislators who so many years ago established Utah's concealed carry laws so that law abiding citizens can carry legal self defense weapons in our schools. (The success of which has thoroughly discredited the anti-gun extremists' claims that this would make schools less safe... although some still cling to that notion.)

    I hope many more classes will be offered by other concerned instructors and that many educators take advantage of such opportunities. The lives of our kids may depend on some brave teacher willing to look evil in the eye and do what has to be done.

    "A bad guy with a gun IS only stopped by a good guy with a gun."