February 28, 2018
28 Feb 2018

Political Update – February 20, 2018

Why doing 'something' won't stop the next school shooting


By Victor Joecks
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 17, 2018


After every mass shooting, Democrats and their allies in the media tell Americans to “do something.” The response to Wednesday’s horrific shooting in Florida was no different.

The list of mass shootings with AR-15 style weapons “will continue to grow until we do something,” tweeted Nevada Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak.

There “are common-sense steps Congress can take to prevent the slaughtering of children and these senseless mass murders,” tweeted Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto. “Congress just needs to step up and do it.”

“We need a leader who will have the courage to help us stop the next tragedy before it occurs,” tweeted Rep. Dina Titus.

Across the country, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, part-time comedian Jimmy Kimmel and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome all called on elected officials to “do something.”

But what is “something”? Without details, it’s like a group of lost hikers declaring they need to “find their way home.” Yes, everyone can agree with that, but which way do you go?

Sen. Cortez Masto’s office didn’t reply to a Review-Journal request for specifics on what she wants Congress to do. If you really have “common-sense steps” to “prevent the slaughter of children,” you have a moral imperative to share those. But it looks as if Sen. Cortez Masto either doesn’t know what to do or is too worried about electoral consequences to share what she really thinks needs to happen.





Quote of the week

Quote of the week


"Shame on you if your ideology so consumes you that you refuse to acknowledge that gun-rights advocates think school shootings are horrific. They are. Everyone’s heart breaks. Every parent — regardless of their political beliefs — shudders to think about receiving that phone call.."
  - Victor Joecks,
Las Vegas Review-Journal,
February 17th, 2018


Nevada has tripled its K-12 spending since 1960

By Robert Fellner
February 15, 2018

From 1960 to 2015, Nevada nearly tripled the amount spent on K-12 education, as inflation-adjusted, per pupil expenditures rose from $3,556 to $9,165, according to federal data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

And since then, spending has continued to increase, with the state’s FY2018 education budget exceeding $2.34 billion — a $200 million increase from 2015’s level.



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