Middle school teacher Kim Williams traveled from Houston to cash in on Saturday’s free concealed handgun licensing course offered to educators after the mass shootings at a Connecticut elementary.
“I’m entrusted to the care and safety of over 100 students. I want to be prepared, if and when things go that way,” said the long-time employee of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.
The local firm’s owner, Josh Felker, advertised the class Dec. 17, three days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. All 400 available slots were booked within 24 hours, Felker said.
“We’re trying to educate the educators and get forward momentum in the Legislature to allow teachers and any other concealed handgun license holder into schools or any other public place,” the former Army Ranger said Saturday. “Gun-free zones are not gun-free to criminals.”
Editors Note: A hero is defined by dictionary.com as “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” While I have always had a high level of respect for teachers, I never have thought of them as heroes…until now. A hero exhibits courage, and I have found no better definition for that word, than the one given to me by grandfather when I was young. He stated that “courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the ability to recognize that fear and to overcome it, to achieve whatever your objective may be.” These teachers that have stood up and challenged the status quo, that have put their personal feelings and/or moral objections aside to take this class to protect their students, are exhibiting tremendous courage against a traditionally passive system. They are risking not only their jobs, but many their freedom in an effort to better protect the kids that they serve, and to that I tip my hat. May God Bless these men and women who are willing to accept the challenges this world has to offer and are willing to do whatever it takes to protect their students. They are true heroes. –Robert Gillock, Web News Editor