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article imageUtah lawmaker: All households in town should have a gun

By Can Tran
Jan 12, 2013 in Politics
Spring City - Councilman Neil Sorensen of Spring City, Utah has proposed a requirement that all households in town have a firearm and be able to use it effectively.
In response to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, people are coming up with their own ideas on how to prevent further gun violence let alone future mass shootings. Due to the circumstances of Sandy Hook, it more than reignited the talks of gun control. It brought to light once again an issue that divides a nation. One such idea that gun rights proponents have is to arm the teachers and other adults working at the school.
In the case of Spring City, a small town in Utah, a Councilman by the name of Neil Sorensen has proposed this idea: make sure every household in town has a gun; to be more specific, Sorensen proposes that the head of each household. Sorensen proposes that the head of each household is required to have a gun and be able to use it. It is reported that the two of Spring City has the population of about 1,000. However, the council brushed off the idea of making Sorensen's idea a requirement. However, it agreed that Sorensen's proposal would be a “recommendation.”
Also, it has approved funding for concealed firearms training for the faculty and staff at the town's local elementary school. Sorensen's saying that by doing so will send a message to criminals. However, school administrators don't feel the same way as Sorensen. According to them, it's more dangerous if you have more guns. One Councilman said that it was too much to require all households to have a gun. The report mentions of an elderly couple that was killed at Mouth Pleasant which is near Spring City. They were killed on New Year's Eve of 2011.
However, Sorensen didn't stop at the requirement of households. He called for the town to pay for concealed-carry permit courses for those that work at the town's elementary school. According to research, as reported by the International Business Times, over 300 households in Spring City already have firearms. In this case, Sorensen's proposal is a bit redundant. However, the proposal is to encourage residents to get training in the use of firearms according to Sorensen. In terms of firearms training for teachers, school officials are being encouraged not to attend those courses.
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