Spring City, Utah Officials Urge Citizens and Teachers to Arm Themselves

A welcome sign to Spring City is shown Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Spring City, Utah. Officials in a small Utah town are urging citizens and teachers to arm themselves for everyone’s safety against any aggressor. One member of the Spring City council wants to make the edict mandatory, but police are urging restraint. Councilman Neil Sorensen says he’s drafting a measure that will go before the full council in February. At first, Sorensen wanted to mandate a gun in every household in the town of 1,000. Credit: AP
SPRING CITY, Utah (TheBlaze/AP) — 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.

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