This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

I am a teacher. I teach high school. Ever since Columbine, I have had the possibility of death by gun in my mind, although in the back of my mind. It has just been so prevalent. How many school shootings have there been since Columbine?? 31. Yes, that's right. 31. And only 14 in the rest of the world.

All of us here are upset beyond measure. We all want something done. The NRA is quiet, we exclaim!! They have been silenced!! Well, don't bet on it. I don't believe it. They are just revamping, with some shiny new, poll tested language, ready to roll out when the emotions die down a bit. They will not go away easily.

So, until (if?) new gun laws are enacted, how do we protect our kids? What do we do? Maybe we do need to consider some kind of armed guard/police in our schools. Because what we are doing now is not working.


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

I know, I can hear you already.

"More guns??? Are you insane???"
No, I am not insane, but it IS insane to take no action while we have such easy access to semi-automatic weapons in this country.

"More guns = more violence"
We won't know this until we try. 31 shootings is a lot of dead kids we have created just following the status quo for the past 16 years.

"Teachers should NOT have guns!"
No, we should not. I am a teacher, not a law enforcement officer. A bunch of teachers trying to ID the shooter and take him down would be total chaos, and lead to more dead students and teachers.

I find it sadly ironic, though, that the same Republicans who don't trust me to follow a curriculum would trust me with a gun in my desk.

"Better security at the doors is what is needed!"
Of course. Goes without saying. In my area, none of the schools lock their front doors. A student or other killer could just walk right in, shoot the Greeter, and move on. There is NO security at my school. None. This is nuts. It has to change.

"One guard can't control an entire school."
You are right. But a guard could control the front entrance, and the fact that there is an armed guard may deter some of these crazies who want to go out in a blaze of glory, rather than shot dead before getting a shot off.

Look, I hate this idea. I think it is terrible, to make our schools fortresses. But between the lack of gun control, and the attention the media gives to those who shoot up schools, this is not going to stop any time soon. It will happen again and again. And I can't take this anymore. I can barely read the paper, won't watch the news or look at the pictures. It is too much. If there is no meaningful change in gun control, we have to do something. We owe this to the children in our care.

(Written and edited on my lunch break. I won't be back until the end of day.)

Extended (Optional)

Your Email has been sent.