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Hundreds of school teachers and employees spent their Monday night at a Rocky Mountain Gun Owners concealed carry class especially for them.

“My safety, the Aurora shooting, just all the tragedies that have been happening; I don’t want to be a victim,” said one school employee.

The employee doesn’t want us to reveal her identity out of concern for her job. But in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, she’s afraid for her safety at work.

“Where I work at, you can walk in the front doors and no one would even notice.”

“The only thing that’s going to stop a homicidal person that comes into a school or a building with the intent to kill people, is a good person with a gun,” said Eric Jones.

Jones teaches several of these classes for the RMGO and said turnout at Monday’s class proves teachers are growing increasingly aware of their role in students’ safety.

“It tells me that people are starting to take the responsibility of their own protection into their own hands,” Jones said.

In a terrifying situation like the Sandy Hook shooting, gun advocates like Jones say police are a secondary resource.

“The police are not the first responders, they show up after and they investigate. We’re the first responders.”

And this school employee would feel better knowing she could protect herself.

“I think I would feel a lot, 100% safer,” she said.

Also at Monday’s class Weld County district attorney Ken Buck spoke about the legal aspects of gun ownership. The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners expected about 200 people when they opened this class, but got about 300.

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