Austin Gun Store Owner Offers Teachers A Discount
An Austin-area gun store owner is joining the gun rights debate with a controversial offer for teachers in light of the tragic shooting in Connecticut.
Crocket Keller of Kellers Riverside Gun Store says if educators want to get a concealed handgun license, heâ€™ll give them a discount.
â€śAs we do with veterans, I would offer them a discount. Our normal rate is $110.00, so I would give them a rate of $90.00,â€ť said Keller to KRLD. â€śIf they are teachers, we would be more than happy to do that.â€ť
Kellerâ€™s offer comes as a debate wages over whether or not educators should be allowed to be armed on school grounds. He believes they should.
â€śWe need to start thinking out of the box and deal with this violent culture,â€ť said Keller. â€śWe need to lobby our various state governments to allow teachers to be armed.â€ť
But not everyone is on board with Kellerâ€™s controversial ideas or his offer to teachers.
â€śI knew this would come up at some point, there would be people who think the answer is to put guns on campus. Frankly I think itâ€™s absurd,â€ť says Gayle Fallon with the American Federation of Teachers. â€śIn a lot of cases, the perpetrator is a kid. Look at Columbine, it was a 14-year-old kid. You tell me a teacher is going to look in the eyes of a 14-year-old and pull the trigger â€” itâ€™s not in their emotional make up.â€ť
Fallon believes the answer lies in having more police officers on campus and tightening restrictions on guns. But Keller wants none of that.
â€śOur personal safety is our responsibility, unfortunately the police and the military cannot be everywhere,â€ť said Keller. â€śWhen seconds count, the police are just minutes away.â€ť