Widow says gun class for teachers fulfills Chris Kyle's dream



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Posted on April 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 4:11 PM

KENNEDALE — More than 500 people showed up Saturday for what organizers touted was the largest concealed handgun license seminar in Texas.

Educators who are accustomed to teaching became the students at a Kennedale High School auditorium.

"Teachers serve our children, and if we're starting with servants, we want to start right there," said Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn.

Waybourn said Saturday's event is a dream come true, and was helped by the vision of Chris Kyle, the sharpshooter and Navy SEAL who was murdered at a gun range on February 2.

“His vision was that the very first class was going to be this huge CHL class,” Waybourn said.

Kyle was killed four days before organizers were going to unveil the event. Chris Kyle’s wife, Taya, said it was one of his many projects.

“In his mind, if you're willing to give something, he was willing to give back and then some,” she said.

Taya Kyle says she is fulfilling her slain husband's mission by helping people who serve, and giving people the tools to be responsible.

Waybourn said the CHL seminar was not a forum to discuss gun policy, but rather to inform educators about gun rights, laws, and safety.

Lolita Looney, principal at Wood Elementary School in the Terrell ISD, stood in line to sign up for gun range training.

"I was always, 'I don't really need a gun,'" she said. "But now? I feel like it's necessary."

Taya Kyle said every family deserves to feel safe, and her efforts are propelled by love for her husband.

“I feel his presence always. I don’t think there's a minute that goes by where I don’t feel his presence, and I am beyond blessed to feel that," she said. "The greatest gift he was able to give the kids and me was that beyond a shadow of doubt, that he loved us and we came first.”

Taya Kyle says she will continue the projects her husband started.

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