It is not my intent to enter into a prolonged discussion about the tragedy that occurred at the Sandy Hook elementary school at the end of 2012. It was an act of evil in its most pure form.
I am, however, firm in my belief that “Gun Free Zones” are nothing more than Free Fire Zones for those intent on killing the innocents of our world. The response time for local law enforcement was 20 minutes – very quick by almost any standard. Yet infinitely slow as the killer walked among children unopposed. When presented with an armed response from the police – this evil took his own life, a blessing for all.
What would have happened if he had been presented with armed resistance from the first moments? If a number of school staff members had received training and were carrying concealed firearms? I believe that the outcome would have been much different.
To that end, throughout 2013, e.IA.f.t. will be offering the NRA Basic Pistol course at our cost to teachers and administrators. The course material costs $10 and a range fee of $20 is charged for the pistol range we use. A teacher’s total course cost will be $30.
This course meets all requirements for the Iowa Concealed Carry permit. It will provide those unfamiliar with handguns a solid introduction of their safe handling and proper use. It is NOT the be-all, end-all of defensive handgun training, but it is a very good start.
A teacher or administrator must be actively teaching or working in a day-care, elementary, middle or high-school setting and you must present a current school ID from your employer to receive this course pricing.
I am NOT advocating that all teachers carry a concealed weapon. I AM advocating that those that wish to, that have made a personal commitment to stand between evil and the children they teach and have made the commitment to train in the use of a handgun, be allowed to do so.
If you have any interest in one of our NRA Basic Pistol Courses, or if you would like to set up a group training, please contact me at my email address - firstname.lastname@example.org.