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Section 3 of SB 7026 creates Florida Statute 16.63:
“Shootings.—The Medical Reimbursement Program for Victims of Mass Shootings is established in the Department of Legal Affairs to reimburse trauma centers verified or designated pursuant to s.
395.4025 for the medical costs of treating victims for injuries associated with a mass shooting. As used in this section, the
term “mass shooting” means an incident in which four or more people are killed or injured by firearms in one or more
locations in close proximity. The Department of Legal Affairs must reimburse such trauma centers based on a department-
approved fee schedule for the documented medical costs of treating victims for injuries associated with a mass shooting. A
trauma center that requests a reimbursement through the program must accept the reimbursement as payment in full and may not bill the victim of a mass shooting or his family.”
Not the perpetrators-the tax payers-will be on the hook. Watch how many “mass shooting” exceptions are made now the the bills will be paid by a government office. And watch trauma centers get underpaid as the “must” accept payment.
Call your state senator-vote No!
Here is the email I just received:
I’m writing with some bad news today, unfortunately. In the last month, the overall turn-in rate for homework has dropped to around 20%, meaning that most students have stopped turning in their homework assignments (reading logs).
If you have noticed that your child’s grade has dropped significantly, it is likely because they are NOT turning in their reading logs.
As a reminder, students are expected to read for a MINIMUM of THIRTY (30) MINUTES every night, Monday through Friday. This is only the minimum; students are welcome to read more. Students should be filling out their reading logs and having a parent or guardian sign them every night of the week.
I check homework every Monday and I do not accept late homework assignments unless the student is absent on Monday when I check for it.
This is the same homework assignment students have had since the second week of school, back in August.
Please keep in mind that students are welcome to check a book out of the school media center OR out of my classroom, if they do not have access to reading material at home. Additionally, if students lose or cannot find their blue reading log papers at any time, extra logs can be found in my classroom, in the student supply center. Students may also have you fill out the log on a separate piece of paper, if absolutely necessary. Therefore, there is NO excuse for not completing and turning in the assignment.
I hope we can work together to ensure students are doing their nightly reading and turning in their reading logs every Monday, in order to improve their grades and performance in my class.
Please feel free to write back or call my classroom (407-xxx-xxxx) if you have any further questions or concerns.
Xxxxx Xxxxxx, MAT
Language Arts Teacher
District: Seminole School District
District Web Site: http://www.scps.k12.fl.us/
District Code: 59
Here was the most restrained reply I could manage:
If you’re homework participation dropped to 20% maybe you need to take a cue like the free market does. When customers stop returning or stop paying or stop participating to that level, it means the product is no good. Homework is baseless and useless and more and more studies are showing that. You can always tell when something is useless, when people stop doing it regardless of the mandate or consequences.
I know your hands are tied, you’re probably even wearing golden handcuffs and your retirement would be at risk if you stopped mandating homework. My advice is to be courageous and do so anyway.
I can give you all the facts regarding it, I just don’t think it would matter. Somewhere along the line you did not become a teachers so that you had to write emails to parents like this. Somewhere along the line you did not become a teacher to write sentences like we expect 30 minutes – a time requirement not a value requirement – of homework every night.
Attempting to disarm the American people, in addition to being a bad idea, is pretty much a fools errand. That gives anti-gun people some psychological comfort, since they can always say, “Well we haven’t taken away enough guns.” Even if they passed all the laws they wanted, they will never get them all. A full scale war on guns would be about as likely to work as the war on drugs. Thus, the “if we get all the guns, murder will end” is hard to disprove, since “if we get all the guns” will never happen.
The government can, however, ban all guns from police officers. That’s very likely to work, since the police officers are issued guns by the government, specifically allowed to carry guns by the government, etc.
Police would still be allowed to use non-lethal weapons, including tasers. However, they would not be allowed to carry anything that could kill. In 2016, that would have saved over 900 human lives, and quite a few dog lives (it has become standard practice to shoot the family dog during a SWAT team raid.)
In addition to saving lives, such a change would lead to a better example for civilians. If those who many people (inexplicably) look up to simply stopped using lethal force, it would stop the constant psychological justification of lethal force. Every cop carrying a gun is sending a message that “It’s okay to go after marijuana users and traffic law violaters with lethal force.” Imagine changing that image to, “Lethal force is never right.”
We can’t ban guns, but we can ban guns from cops. If elected, I will sponsor legislation to disarm most or all federal law enforcement.
Arvin Vohra (L)
Libertarian Party Nominee For U.S. Senate
Arvin Vohra For U.S. Senate
If the laws changed, would you own a slave? I bet almost everyone would say “no.” Would you be okay with a friend or family member owning slaves? Probably not.
We’ve realized that slavery is evil, so we don’t do it or countenance it. We wouldn’t, even if it were legal.
We need to similarly recognize that most or all theft funded government programs are also wrong. Being part of an endless, pointless military non-strategy, being part of theft funded garbage education, being part of government bureaucracies that block access to life saving medicine – those are wrong. They aren’t just different, any more than slaveowning is just “different”.
If today, slavery was legalized and a Fugitive Slave Catching Department were established, that department would collapse because no one would join it. The moral and social pressure against it would be too high.
What if we can do it the same with current government programs? While we work on defunding them politically, what if we could discredit them socially and morally?
Before you say, “That would never happen”: it already is happening. As people realize what the police and military actually does, recruitment is falling. Cities are unable to recruit “enough” police for their War on Drugs idiocy, and the military can’t get “enough” good recruits who will play along with their nonsense. Even though the military bribes NFL teams to add soldier worship to their events, more and more young men and women just aren’t falling for it.
By socially and morally discrediting many damaging theft funded services, we can help these government programs go the way of other government programs like the fugitive slave act and Jim Crow laws.
Arvin Vohra (L)
Libertarian Party Nominee for U.S. Senate
By the way, this kerfuffle inspired me to look at the history of some of our symbols, songs, and rituals. It’s surprisingly interesting, to me at least.
1.) The pledge of allegiance was written by a socialist minister Francis Bellamy in 1892 intending to provide a mantra of submitting to the state for all countries. The original version did not mention the United States or God. Those were added later (1923 for US, 1954 for God). It was not made official until 1942.
2.) The original version of the pledge involved holding your right arm straight out open palm up or down toward the flag. The salute was derived from what was (incorrectly) believed to be an ancient Roman salute. They changed this to keeping your hand over your heart in 1942 for some reason. 😉
3.) The Star-Spangled Banner was based on a poem called “Defense of Fort M’Henry” written in 1814 by a lawyer Francis Scott Key about the War of 1812 against the British. It was later set to music – ironically, a then-popular British tune “To Anacreon in Heaven” – and renamed to the Star-Spangled Banner.
4.) The Star-Spangled Banner was recognized as an official song by the US Navy in 1889, for the government in 1916, and as the national anthem in 1931. Prior to this, there was no national anthem, though other songs were often used unofficially such as “America the Beautiful.”
5.) The American flag does indeed date back to the American Revolution. It was designed and made official by the US Continental Congress in 1777. At the time, national flags were not a common thing, so it is believed (but not for certain) that it was intended to be a naval battle flag. However, the design has remained continuous since then.
Political experts have pointed out that Trump’s campaign intentionally emboldened extreme right wing people who had previously been ostracized. They’ve failed to notice that Bernie’s campaign did exactly the same with the extreme left wing that had been just as rejected.
For most of recent political history, communists and socialists have been as politically hated as white supremacists. Today, they are welcomed as part of the Democratic Party, just as white supremacists have been welcomed into the Republican Party. Their ideas are just as hated, backwards, immoral, and violent.
While the right and left embrace these insane ideologies, let’s remain true to our own ideologies. Let the D’s and R’s pander to these groups; we’re better off without them.
I firmly and completely reject all racial nationalism, socialism, and communism. On Libertarian grounds, I reject them when they involve the state. On strategic grounds, I reject them as ideas so foolish that they can only survive with the help of the state. On personal grounds, I reject them in all of their forms. Individualism, not collectivism, is the core of Libertarianism just as surely as non-initiation of force is.
Arvin Vohra (L)
Nominee for U.S. Senate