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Teachers get lesson in gun training

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CARY, NC (WTVD) -- In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, teachers in the Triangle have responded by spending their Sunday in the classroom, in a free firearms training course.

At the Triangle Krav Maga combat center in Cary, educators were able to obtain potentially life-saving gun lessons at no charge.

"I think that it's something that everybody should do. Even if you don't pick up a firearm again ever in your life it's something you should learn, because you never know what's going to happen," instructor Derek Wade said.

School librarian Michelle Angel was one of the participants who took advantage of getting her concealed carry permit during the class.

"I want to feel empowered. I feel like bad guys will always have guns, so there needs to be someone to protect us in school," Angel said.

Even though educators are not allowed to carry guns onto school property, they said they want to be ready if the laws ever change.

"[I'm here for] protection, and knowledge of guns. I don't know any of the rules or the laws. I mean, I haven't held a gun since I was little," teacher Jenna Moyer said. "Say I'm at school and something like that happened. I want to be able to protect the kids."

Sunday's course at Triangle Krav Maga was at capacity and there is a waiting list for future free classes at the center.

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This is a really great

This is a really great thing! I remember, when I took my course, thinking that everyone should go through this course whether they plan to carry or not. Funny that this instructor said just that. I truly do feel safer since getting my permit and that my family is safer as well. Would really like to see our educators empowered to help in the first line of defense for our children. I know that I feel very good about pulling the ones I trust to educate my children also protect there lives if the need were to arise. I like What OK is proposing, that educators could be trained for free and be paid a bit more for taking on the extra responsibility of carrying at school.