Mrs. Jones is Packing a Nine!Self-Defense
In the aftermath of recent horrific school shootings some teachers in Salt Lake City are choosing to defend themselves. Clark Aposhian is running his first gun training class exclusively for teachers. Although turnout was sparse, the pupils were enthusiastic. The teachers in Aposhian’s class are training to get licensed to carry a gun to school. They feel having a gun in the classroom will help them should a threat arise.
Many are critical of this move, including former law enforcement officer Greg Crane who teaches a class on how students and teachers can defend against an attack with his program called Response Options. He tells his students to use everything they have available to fight back. “We train that anything is a distraction,” he said. “Anything that you can throw, your movement, your noise. We need to get out of this victim mindset. We need to get out of the belief that just because he has the gun and I don’t, doesn’t mean I have lost.”
It is impossible to know if either of these tactics would have made a difference during recent events but it is encouraging to know that a handful of our nation’s educators are taking this threat seriously. Please leave a comment about these two approaches; do you agree or disagree; do you have a better idea?
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