Texas gun store owner gives ‘teacher discount’ on handgun licenses

In the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, one Texas gun store owner has decided to offer a teacher discount on concealed handgun licenses.

Crocket Keller, who owns Kellers Riverside Gun Store near Austin, has dropped the permit price from $110 to $90 for educators, a discount already in place for veterans.

“We need to start thinking out of the box and deal with this violent culture,” Keller told the CBS Dallas Fort-Worth affiliate. “We need to lobby our various state governments to allow teachers to be armed.”

Gayle Fallon of the American Federation of Teachers disagreed with Keller’s solution and said teachers would not be able to shoot a young attacker.

“In a lot of cases, the perpetrator is a kid,” she told CBS DFW. “Look at Columbine, it was a 14-year-old kid. You tell me a teacher is going to look in the eyes of a 14-year-old and pull the trigger — it’s not in their emotional make up.”

She proposed additional security, something Keller said would just lead to a delay in reaction time to emergency situations.

“Our personal safety is our responsibility, unfortunately the police and the military cannot be everywhere,” Keller told the news station. “When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.”

Keller is not alone in his support of arming teachers and school administrators. Educators and lawmakers in Texas have joined the fight for letting teachers conceal and carry in classrooms. In Oregon, AlabamaOhio and Oklahoma —  just to name a few — parents, school staff and politicians have also called for teachers to be allowed to have guns, despite the push-back to these efforts.

Even in Connecticut, which has some of the harshest gun laws in the nation, gun regulation and a tight security system could not stop Adam Lanza from harming innocent people. And while Fallon asserted that a teacher would not be able to take the life of a young shooter, the alternative is watching that individual murder students. That is not in a teacher’s ‘emotional make up.’

Perhaps it’s time to consider armed and properly trained teachers a viable possibility — it might be the only way to give them the ability to protect their students.

(h/t CBS DFW)

Comments

Polititainment

Michael Bay might direct Benghazi movie

Bay, who has spent the last several years gaining popularity for his "Transformers" films, is reportedly in talks to direct the Benghazi film "13 Hours," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Holder wants Denzel to play him in movie

Holder spoke to The Hill about Hollywood and politics while at an event at the Washington Ideas Forum Wednesday that was hosted by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.

'Rival Survival' premiering Wednesday

Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are getting ready to show America their bipartisan fire-starting skills on "Rival Survival," a reality show starring tho lawmakers that premiers Wednesday night on the Discovery Channel.

Lovitz has a field day with Hillary

Before Hillary Clinton's jobs comment is swept aside as a minor whoopsie, a few words from Jon Lovitz.

John Oliver has some ideas for the FDA

Some people want more nutrition information on food labels--but who really understands those labels anyway?

White House

Russian hackers broke into the White House network

Hackers with suspected ties to the Russian government recently broke into the White House’s unclassified computer network, the Washington Post reported Tuesday night.

Obama is withholding over 15,000 Fast and Furious documents

President Obama claimed executive privilege to withhold over 15,000 documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, including nearly 20 emails sent between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife.

White House fence jumper charged with assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous outstanding warrants, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. […]
President Obama, unpaid bills and the curious editing of the White House transcript
President Obama, some unpaid bills and a curiously “inaudible” section of the White House recording of a speech — that’s how all good stories start, right? While at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago, Obama cracked a joke about the “unpaid bills” at his home. The joke was reported by the White House Press […]
Secrecy shrouds how the Obamas cook their chicken wings

Now it seems the Obamas are tight-lipped even about their eating habits.

Congress

Justin Amash envisions a libertarian Congress

Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian congressman from Michigan, knows that Congress is far from libertarian. But someday, he thinks that might change.

Rand Paul: The GOP's image ‘sucks’

Rand Paul didn’t mince words about the GOP.

Small college's students thrown into 2014 election

Young people tend not to engage much in the humdrum local politics that go into midterm elections. But what if it’s happening literally in their own backyard?

GOP senator: 'Sorry the government's so f***ed'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made some self-deprecating jokes and colorful remarks about the state of the government during a recent private gathering, per a recording provided to CNN by South Carolina Democrats.

Top lawmaker's Ebola claim

A leading House Republican says he is aware of information that points to the United States eventually receiving non-U.S. Ebola patients for treatment.