Pistol packing preacher offers free concealed handgun classes to teachers

BEAUMONT -- The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary has one pastor reaching out to teachers in Southeast Texas.

Lighthouse Worship Center Pastor James McAbee, also known for teaching concealed handgun classes, is offering a free class to teachers on February 2nd.  McAbee says he also plans to visit area school district superintendents to spread the word. 

McAbee hopes administrators will be open to the idea of allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons on campuses to protect students in case of a school shooting. 

McAbee has had experience using a handgun for personal protection.  12 News interviewed McAbee in 2011 shortly after he called police from his church where he was holding two teenage burglars at gunpoint. McAbee says the two burglars tried negotiating with him, but the negotiations soon turned into violent threats.

"One of them reached in their pocket and told me that he had a gun. I said 'sir, if you pull the gun, I'm going to have to shoot you," said McAbee.

The two were taken into custody when police arrived.

McAbee says people need to be prepared.

"People think it cannot happen here, but look at that small little bitty town and it happened there.  It's not a matter of if, but when.  I pray there will be a teacher bold enough to take a stand and protect my little child," said McAbee.

Teachers wishing to know more about the class can reach Pastor McAbee can be reached at 409-332-0584.


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