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Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Guest Contributor, Guns | 5 comments

The Real World Strikes Agin! (sic)

this week in brownbackistan

You know, it’s one thing to postulate any kind of crackpot theory — imaginable or un- — if you can get enough non-skeptical true believers to sign on.

American history is testament and proof of this.

It’s another thing to hoodwink those who make their living by studying reality and then adjusting the odds:

Schools Seeking to Arm Employees Hit Hurdle on Insurance
Steven Yaccino / New York Times

 As more schools consider arming their employees, some districts are encountering a daunting economic hurdle: insurance carriers threatening to raise their premiums or revoke coverage entirely….

The law of unintended consequences remains unbroken.

But this idjit notion (odd that the same bad notion would pass simultaneously in such disparate locales, as all had the same majoritarian notion at the exact same time. Kind of like the exact same abortion and clinic restrictions striking several states far removed in virtually the same week. No national hydra coordinating it nationally with a tentacle or two in each state there. Nosirree! And they’ve found the sweet spot in American politics, too big for the states to stand up to, too ‘local’ for the Federal government to regulate — often using the anonymity of 501(c)4s to hide their sources. Like, say, Americans for Prosperity, who are rolling out this anti Obamacare ad this week in a million dollar ad buy in “key” states.)

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As I was saying: but this idjit notion found six other states to make school “safer” to go along for the magical, untested true-believers’ ride! Woo hoo! (Including, alas, my own.)

During legislative sessions this year, seven states enacted laws permitting teachers or administrators to carry guns in schools. Three of the measures — in Kansas, South Dakota and Tennessee — took effect last week.

But already, EMC Insurance Companies, the liability insurance provider for about 90 percent of Kansas school districts, has sent a letter to its agents saying that schools permitting employees to carry concealed handguns would be declined coverage.

“We are making this underwriting decision simply to protect the financial security of our company,” the letter said…. [emphasis added]

That’s the Real World™ calling. Let’s hope that sometime soon, more and more states will have actual persons in their capitals to answer the phone when it rings.

princess phone



A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, a survivor of Texas and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog.


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  • JSpencer

    As Americans get more and more stupid, they become better and better fodder for advertisers, pseudo-scientists, unprincipled politicians, and ideologues; of course this includes the gun lobby. Is it any wonder a functional, democratic society is on the ropes when people are so easy to con?

  • JS, I might add that as Americans get more and more emotional, they become better and …! Emotions trump rational thought and if emotions are running high then careful thought has to wait for a later day. Our democracy does have its checks and balances and the ballot box that has brought us through many crises in our history so I am optomistic for our future.

  • JSpencer

    I think you’re whistling in the dark even though I’d prefer to believe your optimism was justified. Not sure what your emotion vs rational comment was in reference to. In any case, I’m a pragmatist, not a pessimist.

  • SteveK

    The world figures out who and what we are simply by listening to what we say and what we seem to believe to be important.

    The world is not at all interested in who we think we are, because through our words, we’ve already told everyone who we are… We’ve already given ourselves away. 🙂

  • roro80

    Anyone taking even a cursory look at the data knows this to be true: being in the same room as a gun raises ones chance of death by an astonishing amount. Guns don’t make you safer, and insurance companies know it. Putting a gun in an overcrowded room full of kids too young to know they are dangerous — or worse, kids who *are* old enough to know they’re dangerous — is such an extraordinarily bad, stupid, death-inducing idea that I’m a bit shocked the GOP didn’t think of it sooner. I’m not at all surprised, though, that those who will have to monetarily compensate for the deaths that will most certainly occur don’t want anything to do with it all.

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