SALT LAKE CITY – The topic of teachers with guns is a controversial one as the national debate about preventing gun violence rages on.
While elements of Congress are pushing for stricter gun legislation, some states like Utah are fighting for more Second Amendment protections for gun owners.
In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, some people believe teachers should be given guns and trained to use them. The Rocky Mountain Gun Show embraced this idea and offered free concealed weapons classes for educators this weekend at the South Towne Expo Center.
Organizer Mitch McKinlay said recent events in the country illustrate the need for personal protection of students and bystanders.
"We want to make sure and give the educators caring for our children daily the opportunity to defend themselves and the lives of children in the event that an unforeseen tragedy takes place,” he said. “We want to make sure we continue to offer the public a chance to exercise their rights."