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After Sandy Hook massacre, Texas gun store owner reportedly offers discount to teachers

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(CBS) - Days after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, a Texas gun store owner is offering teachers a discount toward the purchase of a concealed handgun license, CBS DFW reports.

"Our normal rate is $110.00, so I would give them a rate of $90.00," said Crocket Keller, of Kellers Riverside Gun Store near Austin. "If they are teachers, we would be more than happy to do that."

CBS DFW reports that Keller says he believes that educators should be allowed to be armed on school grounds.

"We need to start thinking out of the box and deal with this violent culture," Keller said. "We need to lobby our various state governments to allow teachers to be armed."

But Gayle Fallon of the American Federation of Teachers disagrees.

"I 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 it's absurd," Fallon told CBS DFW.

"In 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 - it's not in their emotional make up."

Fallon said she believes in having more police officers on campus and tightening restrictions on guns. But Keller said that's not enough.

"Our personal safety is our responsibility, unfortunately the police and the military cannot be everywhere," said Keller. "When seconds count, the police are just minutes away."

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