700 pack free concealed handgun class for teachers in Tarrant CountySubmitted by DeMolay on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 20:17
After a spring break cruise, Leah Smith and her family returned home to find their garage door dented and backyard fence smashed.
Police confirmed that their Grand Prairie home had been the target of an unsuccessful break-in.
"That was a wake-up call," said Smith, a gun owner for the past decade. "We got lucky this time, but we knew we needed to better arm ourselves."
So when the first-grade teacher heard that a free concealed handgun license class -- largely prompted by the school shootings in Newton, Conn. -- was being offered to Texas educators, she immediately signed up.
Billed as the "largest CHL class ever held," the all-day session drew roughly 700 teachers and administrators Saturday to the Performing Arts Center at Kennedale High School. Participants delved into gun safety, state and federal laws and dispute resolution, among other topics. Firing at a gun range comes later.
The class was the brainchild of Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL sniper killed last month, and Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn.
The two had been planning the event before the Feb. 2 fatal shooting of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a Glen Rose gun range allegedly by Iraq war veteran Eddie Ray Routh, who his family said suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Routh has been charged in the killings and is being held at the Erath County jail.
Waybourn, a concealed handgun instructor since 1996, disclosed that he considered canceling the class after Kyle's death, but said he knew his friend would have wanted it to go forward.
"Chris often said, 'It's our duty to serve those who serve us,' " the police chief said. "And we knew we should start with those who serve our children."
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