Insurer won’t cover Kansas schools that allow guns.
Talking Points Memo: An insurance company based in Iowa has refused to renew coverage for Kansas schools that permit teachers and staff to carry concealed firearms on campus, the Des Moines Register reported on Sunday.
EMC Insurance Cos. made the decision after Kansas enacted a new law to allow the concealed guns on campus. The company told the newspaper the decision was based on financial policy, not politics. The company reportedly covers 85 to 90 percent of Kansas school districts.
"We’ve been writing school business for almost 40 years, and one of the underwriting guidelines we follow for schools is that any on-site armed security should be provided by uniformed, qualified law enforcement officers,” Mick Lovell, EMC’s vice president for business development, told the Des Moines Register. “Our guidelines have not recently changed.”
It strikes me that insurance companies often find themselves on the opposite side of issues from supposedly “business-friendly” Republicans. Insurerers are raising the alarm about climate change, for example. There’s a reason for that: insurers make their money by accurately assessing reality. “Insurance is heavily dependent on scientific thought,” Frank Nutter, president of the Reinsurance Association of America, told the New York Times recently. “It is not as amenable to politicized scientific thought.” So if something is a really stupid idea — like, say, encouraging people to carry loaded guns in schools — it’s not going to be real popular with the insurance industry. In this case, the science is simple math — every time someone is exposed to a loaded gun, their odds of being injured or killed go up, not down.
And EMC’s stance seems to be having an effect. Despite a new law allowing concealed weapons in schools, no Kansas school district has adopted a concealed-carry policy. It’s one thing to pass these idiotic laws, but it’s another to get them to actually work in the real world.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s thin skin strikes again.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback might want to rethink his social media strategy.
First, he landed a teenager in the principal’s office after complaining about comments posted on her Twitter account. Now his Facebook page has been bombarded with critical — and mostly sarcastic — comments about an anti-abortion measure making its way through the state legislature. The comments have been purged from the page, Mashable reports.
TPM offers a sampling of the offending comments:
- Hi Sam- I had sex with my wife and she didn’t get pregnant. I’m here to turn her in.
- I just called your office, and they wouldn’t let me schedule a pap smear. I’m confused, aren’t you taking care of all this now?
- Hey Governor Brownback, I was considering going on birth control because I’m fed up with being a teacher who has acne. Which one would you recommend for this?
It’s worth noting that a lot of these comments are from Kansans. The GOP’s War on Women is getting return fire in the form of ridicule. What Brownback is doing here is airbrushing out dissent from his own constituents, like some Soviet censor. In the end, he’s only making himself look even worse.
News Roundup for 10/12/11
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"Facing Cuts, a City Repeals Its Domestic Violence Law."
Ever feel like committing a crime against your significant other? Then Topeka, Kansas is the place for you!
Yes, through the magic of Republican budget cuts, Topeka is now a paradise for alcoholic wife-beaters and emotionally unbalanced rage-freaks. Remember, that government that governs best governs least!
See, it works like this; Topeka doesn’t have any money. The county doesn’t have any money. And the district attorney’s office doesn’t have any money. So domestic violence cases get handed off every which way and the City Council finally had enough and voted to repeal the city’s statute against domestic violence.
The reasoning was that, if domestic violence cases weren’t covered under city statutes, then someone else would have to prosecute under state law. It’s drastic, sure, but city leaders believe it beats the status quo. According to the report, “Eighteen people have been arrested on domestic violence charges since September and released without charges because no agency is accepting new cases.” Whether Topeka’s gambit will work or just make matters worse is unclear.
"To have public officials pointing fingers while victims of domestic violence are trying to figure out who will protect them is just stunning," said Joyce Grover, executive director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
So keep voting for all those tax- and budget-cutting Republicans, Kansas. Because if this proves anything, it’s that you can totally pay for government with nothing but happy thoughts and rainbows. Don’t let facts or math dissuade you. Those were created by Satan and liberals. (New York Times)
-Does this explain Republicans, too?-
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I think it just might. (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)
"Rick Perry Off By Only Two Centuries On Dates Of The American Revolution."
It’s probably some kind of record for him. (ThinkProgress)