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The day of the Sandy Hook shooting, a petition was written to the Obama administration calling for a gun in every classroom. One week later, on December 21st, it was delivered  to the White House with 9300 signatures. It said this:

"If teachers and principals are armed and trained to defend themselves during a school attack there would be fewer casualties and less attempts to attack schools. . . . . It is time we gave our teachers the ability to defend themselves and stop pretending like a door buzzer is enough of a defense. Take a stand for school safety. Arm the teachers and principals today. A gun in every classroom will protect our students from massacres like the one in CT today."

On December28th, the day the news showed free shooting classes for elementary school teachers in Utah: I created this petition: "TAGS: teachers against guns in schools"

It calls for national legislation that prohibits teachers, administrators and staff from possessing firearms within school buildings.

It still has only 1950 signatures.

That is, for every person that has signed to keep guns out of classrooms, 6 have signed to make them mandatory in classrooms. We know the NRA has money. But we have a majority. All the polls indicate that 80% of people are opposed to arming our teachers.

Please help to raise our voice against the gun lobby.

http://signon.org/...

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Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 04:21 PM PDT

fortnight diary

by jstoner

October 25th, 2012

This is the first of fourteen posts, a narrative divided by news cycles and polls, lies and litigation, twinges of hope and waves of despair, as we Americans make our final decisions about whether to vote and who to vote for. I'm writing this series because i need to try to make sense of things for myself, to sort out how it is possible for half the country to think the way they do.

My first vote ever was for George McGovern in 1972. His death this week brings into focus how far we have moved over the past forty years, moved from a culture of 'we' to a culture of 'me'. The climate (figurative and literal)  is different, something fundamental has happened with this swing to the right, this narrowing down of what matters-- an insatiable thirst for money and property, a fever of religious extremism, an indictment of the disenfranchised.

Each day for the next two weeks I will post a short piece inspired by the news of the day. Perhaps the pieces will start to fit together. The final post in this series will be on November 7th, 2012.

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