'Why Not Give Me the Chance to Fight Back?': Armed Teacher Speaks Out
In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, some are calling for teachers, administrators and other adults at schools to carry guns to help prevent mass shootings.
A Utah teacher joined Martha MacCallum on "The Story" to explain why she carries a handgun to school every single day.
Kasey Hansen revealed that the idea to arm herself in the classroom began with the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed.
"The teachers just huddled their kids in the corner and stood in front of them and hoped for the best. They didn't have any defense for them, and all that they could do was hope that the bad guy didn't come in and shoot up their room," Hansen said. "For me, I needed a better option, I needed a better plan set in place rather than hunker down and just hope for the best."
She said she began carrying a gun at school shortly after Sandy Hook, and she immediately got pushback from some, which has persisted to this day.
Hansen noted that she is a responsible gun owner, having completed a concealed-carry class and extensive training at the gun range.
"I became a teacher because I love children. I love children, and I would do anything for them," Hansen said. "And if that means taking a bullet, then yes, I will take a bullet for my children. But why not give me the chance to also fight back in the process?"
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