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Ohio State program to train teachers to carry guns

In the wake of the Connecticut school tragedy, an Ohio state program wants to put guns in the hands of teachers. The program trains them how to handle weapons in the event of an emergency.
(CNN) -- In the wake of the Connecticut school tragedy, an Ohio state program wants to put guns in the hands of teachers. The program trains them how to handle weapons in the event of an emergency.

Jim Irvine is president of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, which announced a couple of weeks ago that they’re going to start training teachers across the state – free of charge – to carry weapons in schools.

"We think we owe it to those teachers to give them the tools and the skills to do something besides die when they step in front of our children to defend their life," Irvine said. "When we call 911 in a school, what are we calling? We're calling police, people with guns to come solve our problem. The killing continues until they meet some resistance."

In just a couple of weeks' time, they’ve received some 900 applications. The foundation will only be accepting 24 educators for the first training session. That class will only be teachers and staff who already have their concealed weapons permits.

There will then be extra background checks, training on marksmanship, safety and first aid.

Of course, the other side of the argument is trying to keep guns out of schools altogether.

Lisa Cicia is one of the local voices of the Million Mom March. She said, “Do you really want your schools to look like prisons? Do you want your schools to have boarded windows and armed guards at every door? Do you want your teacher wielding guns?"

Million Mom March is an organization devoted to preventing gun violence.

The Armed Teachers Training Program will be free of charge to participants.

The Buckeye Firearms Foundation says they've received applications from several other states, including: California, Texas and Florida.

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