Officials in the small Utah town of Spring City want to make sure that every head of household has a firearm and knows how to use it, and they want to give school teachers training with guns as well, according to a report from The Associated Press.
Councilman Neil Sorensen originally proposed an ordinance requiring a gun in every household in the 1,000-person town. While the rest of the council refused making it a requirement, they unanimously agreed “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, AP reports.
Sorenson told AP that “It sends a statement that criminals better think twice. 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 will go before the full council in February for further review, but it seems to have the council’s support, as well as the support of many residents in the farming community located 90 nukes south of Salt Lake City, AP reports.
But school administrators don’t think arming teachers is wise, and they are not encouraging teachers to participate in Friday’s training, the article says.
The small town only has a part-time police force, and thefts of scrap metal and other property have become a problem, the article reports.