‘Greg Hampikian is a professor of biology and criminal justice at Boise State University and a co-author of “Exit to Freedom.”
BOISE, Idaho — ‘TO the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature’:
‘In light of the bill permitting guns on our state’s college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student’?
‘I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students are likely to be armed, I thought it would be a good idea to even the playing field’.
‘I have had encounters with disgruntled students over the years, some of whom seemed quite upset, but I always assumed that when they reached into their backpacks they were going for a pencil’.
‘Since I carry a pen to lecture, I did not feel outgunned; and because there are no working sharpeners in the lecture hall, the most they could get off is a single point’.
‘But now that we’ll all be packing heat, I would like legal instruction in the rules of classroom engagement’.
‘At present, the harshest penalty available here at Boise State is expulsion, used only for the most heinous crimes, like cheating on Scantron exams’.
‘But now that lethal force is an option, I need to know which infractions may be treated as de facto capital crimes’.
‘I assume that if a student shoots first, I am allowed to empty my clip; but given the velocity of firearms, and my aging reflexes, I’d like to be proactive’.
‘While our city police chief has expressed grave concerns about allowing guns on campus, I would point out that he already has one’.
‘I’m glad that you were not intimidated by him, and did not allow him to speak at the public hearing on the bill (though I really enjoyed the 40 minutes you gave to the National Rifle Association spokesman)’.
‘In terms of the campus murder rate — zero at present — I think that we can all agree that guns don’t kill people, people with guns do. Which is why encouraging guns on campus makes so much sense’.
‘Some of my colleagues are concerned that you are encouraging firearms within a densely packed concentration of young people who are away from home for the first time, and are coincidentally the age associated with alcohol and drug experimentation, and the commission of felonies’.
‘Once again, this reflects outdated thinking about students’.
‘My current students have grown up learning responsible weapon use through virtual training available on the Xbox and PlayStation’.
‘Far from being enamored of violence, many studies have shown, they are numb to it’.
‘These creative young minds will certainly be stimulated by access to more technology at the university, items like autoloaders, silencers and hollow points’.
‘I want to applaud the Legislature’s courage. On a final note: I hope its members will consider my amendment for bulletproof office windows and faculty body armor in Boise State blue and orange’.
From : http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/opinion/when-may-i-shoot-a-student.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
‘Last week, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal criticized a decades-old federal law that requires all hospitals that receive Medicare funds and have emergency facilities — and that’s most — to treat any patient who walks in needing care, regardless of his ability to pay’.
“It came as a result of bad facts,” Deal said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “And we have a saying that bad facts make bad law.”
‘Deal says that many people use emergency rooms unnecessarily, and those patients inflate health care costs’.
‘He is factually correct. But there are other facts that undercut his arguments and reveal his hypocrisy’.
‘First off, Deal is among those red-state Republicans who have vociferously opposed the Affordable Care Act, which makes health insurance available to hundreds of thousands of people who couldn’t otherwise afford it’.
‘That expansion is the best chance many Georgians without means have for getting health insurance’.
‘So, to sum up, Deal hates Obamacare and refuses its Medicaid expansion, which would keep the working poor out of emergency rooms’.
‘Really, governor? Don’t you insist that your values are “pro-life”?
From : http://www.nationalmemo.com/gop-bar-poor-health-care-altogether/
‘In the latest salvo against President Obama’s health care law, the House of Representatives plans next week to vote on a bill to delay the individual mandate for a year’.
‘Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., introduced the bill, the Simple Fairness Act, on Friday’.
‘Under the health care law, Americans who don’t purchase government-approved insurance policies face a fine of $95, or 1 percent of taxable income, for 2014. In 2015, the fine is scheduled to increase to $325, or 2 percent of taxable income’.
‘The new bill would effectively push back that implementation timeline for a year, by setting the fine at $0 for 2014 and then reducing the 2015 fine to $95 (the current 2014 level)’.
‘The move is part of an effort by Republicans to make an issue of Obamacare during the 2014 midterm elections, by putting Democrats in the position of either defying the administration or voicing support for one of the most unpopular provisions in the health care law’.
From : http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2544867?1234
This is the continuing effort to so limit abortions that it will be impossible to get one in America.
Back to back alley coat hangers for the poor while the rich can fly to Canada to get one.
It’s only ‘fair’, right? (pun intended)
Ten years after buying a car, I get into an accident. I can sue the dealer ship that sold me the car under this logic.
‘Under the legislation, a patient could sue a doctor within ten years of terminating a pregnancy, even after signing a form acknowledging informed consent’.
‘In addition to suing for physical injury, a patient could sue for emotional distress, which would include a negative emotional or mental reaction, grief, anxiety, or worry’.
‘The bill significantly increases the risk doctors face in providing abortion care in a couple of important ways’.
I really, really want The Huck to be the Republican nominee in 2016.
The Bible vs the Constitution.
‘PPP released a poll on Thursday showing that former Arkansas Governor and current Fox News TV show host Mike Huckabee has jumped to the front of a crowded field of 2016 Republican Presidential candidates. The poll was conducted in Iowa, a key early-primary state. Apparently, Iowa Republicans are so confused about who to support that they are starting to think a far-right huckster like Mike ‘Uncle Sugar’ Huckabee sounds like a good choice’.
‘In the poll, Huckabee received support from 17% of the voters’.
‘After Huckabee, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was second at 14%’.
‘Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush placed third with 13%’.
‘The other two candidates with doubt-digit support, Christie and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, each received 10%’.
‘Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal were all in high single-digits’.
‘Florida Senator Marco Rubio only received 3% of the vote’.
From : http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/28/republican-party-disarray-mike-huckabee-jumps-front-line-2016.html
‘On Thursday, the Mitch McConnell-led Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have improved veterans benefits. It was truly a “shameful display of partisan obstruction”, just as Jason Easley called it’.
‘Since there are nearly 340,000 veterans in Kentucky, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Alison Lundergan Grimes called out her opponent, Republican Mitch McConnell, for his vote to kill the veterans benefits bill with a cowardly procedural vote’.
‘In a statement, Ms. Grimes took McConnell to task, “Mitch McConnell’s voting record against Kentucky’s veterans and military families is inexcusable.” She continued, “It is not enough to simply offer words and empty rhetoric — we must follow through with action in support of our veterans.”
‘Mitch McConnell’s disdain for our veterans isn’t new’.
‘Republicans were shocked during their 2012 fiscal cliff disaster when President Obama fought with Republicans, insisting that benefits for disabled people and veterans not be cut’.
From : http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/28/alison-lundergan-grimes-shames-mitch-mcconnell.html