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Small Town Makes Guns in EVERY Home a Priority

Officials in a small Utah town want to make sure every head of household has a firearm and knows how to use it, and they want to give school teachers training with guns too.

Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen first proposed an ordinance requiring a gun in every household in the town of 1,000. The rest of the council scoffed at making it a requirement, but they unanimously agreed to move forward with an ordinance “recommending” the idea.

The council also approved funding to offer concealed firearms training Friday to the 20 teachers and administrators at the local elementary school.
“It sends a statement that criminals better think twice,” Sorensen told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “If a teacher would have had a concealed weapon in Sandy Hook, I think the death loss would have been fewer. If sane, trained people had guns, they could have shot back.”
The measure, which will go before the full council in February for further review, seems to have the support of the council’s five members and many residents in the farming community about 90 miles south of Salt Lake City.

But school administrators don’t think arming teachers is wise, and they are not encouraging teachers to participate in Friday’s training.
“The more guns you have in the school, the more dangerous it is,” said Leslie Keisel, superintendent of the North Sanpete School District.

Councilman Noel Bertelson said making guns in every house mandatory was too much, but he agrees the town would be safer if everyone was armed. With only a part-time police force, he said, response time is not like it is in a big city.
“If a person is able to take care of themselves for a while, it would probably be a good thing,” Bertelson said.

The community is still reeling from the double-murder on New Year’s Eve 2011 of an elderly couple in nearby Mount Pleasant. Sorensen said what used to be a peaceful, quiet town has been sullied by increasing criminal activity.

Thefts of metal for scrap and other property also have become a problem, Councilman Boyd Mickel said.
“We are kind of tired of people breaking in and taking stuff,” said Mickel, explaining why he voted to urge every house to have a gun.
Timm Thompson, a coal miner and father of four girls who lives in Spring City, backs the council’s measure.
“People think small towns are a good place to live,” Thompson said. “But there is more crime and drugs than you can imagine.”
Thompson, who owns 78 guns he keeps locked in a safe, doesn’t want teachers to act as police officers. He said some kids are “hooligans” and could overpower teachers for the guns.
Sisters Katy Harmer and Caroline Lott, however, say arming teachers would make them feel better about sending their children to the Spring City Elementary School. The co-owners of the town’s coffee shop, Das Coffee, said most Spring City residents keep guns for hunting, leaving only a handful without weapons.
Angela Johnson, owner of the Sinclair gas station, said she doesn’t like guns but backs the council’s proposal.

The proposed ordinance will be discussed at the Feb. 7 City Council meeting. A public hearing will be held three weeks later.

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  • Rebecca

    At the very least every school in the country should take down their stupid Gun Free Zone signage and pass board resolutions that any law abiding citizens with legal concealed carry permits that have business with the school is not banned from carrying on school grounds. Having those stupid zones is like having a neon sign that says helpless people at your mercy.