This Texas gun training program isn't for hunters or police -- it's for teachers

(KTRK via CNN Newsource)

A training program in Texas is designed to help teachers, hospital workers, and members of the clergy fire guns.

President Donald Trump has suggested a possible action he is interested in is encouraging some teachers to carry weapons. It's a notion that's not entirely unprecedented -- some schools in Texas already allow it.

However, in this program, the gun shoots a laser instead of a bullet.

"If you have to shoot, where there's a crowd of people, and in school there is a crowd of kids, you better be accurate," Tactical Trainer Ray Dunn said.

The Texas Association of School Boards says 13 percent of Texas districts allow employees to have guns on campus. After President Donald Trump suggested certain teachers carry, that number could rise.

Since the president's remarks, Dunn has been busy and he expects the number of teachers he's trained to increase.

At the beginning of the course, participants start with a bulls-eye.

"Shooting at targets is one thing, but shooting at a person, whether it's on video, or not, is a whole different ball game," Dunn said.

Teachers aim, shoot, and eliminate suspects.

"If you can't handle that type of situation, you definitely are not in line to be carrying a gun in a school," he said.

It's a training that Harrold Independent School District in north Texas uses.

"I think that they feel better about what they're doing," Superintendant David Thweatt said.

Thweatt says it helps teachers become accurate, and mentally focused. Getting educators in the right mindset is what Dunn is passionate about.

Dunn says he also works with churches and hospitals to teach their employees how to shoot guns.

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