Should teachers be armed inside the classroom? It’s a debate that’s been going on for years, but now ignited by the tragic school shootings in Connecticut.

The idea of arming teachers is hitting closer to home, as hundreds of Ohio teachers sign up for free firearm training courses. The Buckeye Firearms Association near Columbus announced last week, they’d offer free firearms training to teachers and administrators.

Within 10 days, they say more than 600 people applied and the number of applicants is growing. The courses are being offered for free, here in Ohio and in several other states.

In a statement to Channel 3, the Buckeye Firearms Association lawyer said the training is essential “because it gives them an option other than staying in place and hoping the gunman doesn’t come into their classroom”In Ohio, the law prohibits teachers and staff to carry guns in school. The only way around it is if the school board approves it

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