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Eyes of nation on gun carrying Utah teachers

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The debate over whether teachers should be able to bring guns to school got more heated.
"It's more about protecting your kids. It's about figuring out ways to keep them safe," -Blair Jensen.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The debate over whether teachers should be able to bring guns to school got more heated.

A new gallup poll says 64 percent of Americans think arming at least one school official would be at least somewhat effective against attacks and it's a position that's supported and was supported today, right here in Utah.

Since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut hundreds of teachers have been seeking weapons training.

Thursday inside the Maverik Center 200 Utah teachers packed a conference room on their holiday break to learn how to carry a concealed weapon on the job as well as how to protect their schools from an armed intruder.

"The safety is the biggest part and to be able to use them appropriately is really quite a high priority for me," said Utah teacher, Brook Hatch.

Utah is one of the few states where public schools allow guns on campus. The other states include Texas, Kansas, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The actions of these teachers will no doubt help form public opinion on this issue across the nation.

In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook, the push is on to get more guns in the hands of more working teachers.

Arizona's Attorney General wants every principal or the principal's designee armed.

In Ohio, applications at one shooting course for teachers are up 20 percent, but with this surge comes opposition.

CNN's Pierce Morgan attacked gun rights advocate Larry Pratt for eloquently defending gun rights in America.

Pratt: I honestly don't understand why you would rather people be victims of a crime than be able to defend themselves?

Morgan: You're an unbelievably stupid man aren't you?

Pratt: It seems to me that you're morally obtuse.

More than 86,000 American's are asking the White House to stop Morgan because of his remarks.

Their petition reads, "Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be departed immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights."

President Obama's said on the white house website, "Like the majority of Americans I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the individual a right to bear arms."

As this debate rages in America no doubt the eyes of the nation will be on these teachers willing to carry loaded guns into Utah classrooms.

"It's more about protecting your kids. It's about figuring out ways to keep them safe," said Jordan School District teacher, Blair Jensen.

Some teachers in Utah want more gun training. Organizers are already planning another class for the next holiday break.




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