(National Sentinel) Proactive: An Ohio sheriff is using the latest horrific school shooting in Florida and attempting to turn it not only into a teachable moment but an actionable one.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones tweeted on Sunday he would be offering to teach a concealed carry class to local teachers, and even hinted that it could include active shooter training, The Daily Caller reported.

“I am going to offer free concealed and Carry class free 2 teachers in butler county. Limited number. Details coming soon on line. Also training on school shootings,” he wrote.

He added: “Attention Butler County School Employees: If you’re interested in our FREE CCW class, email your full name, school affiliate, and contact information to ccwclass@butlersheriff.org. Accepting 50 candidates. We will contact you for date / time of class.”

He added that anyone employed by any school in the county was eligible. Applicants must pass an ID check and provide proof of employment.

Shortly afterward, Jones said that some 200 people had already expressed an interest in the class. It isn’t known if local school boards would permit teachers to carry guns in classrooms or school officials in their offices.

However, Jones’ offer makes it clear that an increasing number of Americans are frustrated and want to take a more proactive approach to protecting school children.

In fact, The Daily Caller noted, the Florida state Senate Judiciary Committee is pushing legislation that would allow designated school officials to carry concealed weapons.

“I don’t feel gun-free zones protect anyone but criminals,” State Sen. Greg Steube said of supporting the bill. “And there is no evidence that says otherwise.”

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