Interest in firearms courses spikes after Conn. school shooting

DENVER — This month’s shootings in Connecticut have prompted an increased interest in firearms courses in Colorado, and teachers are among the many who’ve signed up.

“I think there’s a certain amount of hysteria anytime something comes up,” said Graham Dunne of Coloradoconcealedpermit.com. “After the last school shooting, I got a mass influx of teachers and other school employees wanting to take my course.”

Dunne said his company received double the normal number of hits on its website after the events in Connecticut. Although his one-day course near Bennett costs $160, he offered the first 20 teachers who contacted him free instruction, and all other teachers courses for half-price . Those 20 slots are now gone.

“I think a lot of teachers are scared, and they’re looking at ways they can defend themselves,” Dunne said.

Several teachers said the shootings caused them to think more about their personal protection.

“I’m not saying that’s the reason why I was out here, but it’s definitely becoming more and more of a reality as to what type of training and this kind of expertise might be able to provide,” said Alan DiGiosio, a social studies teacher at Chaparral High School in Parker.

“When something happens, that kind of hits close to home like that, it’s just that added reminder that gives you that extra push to make the right choices and prepare yourself,” said a middle school teacher in Jefferson County.