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Carolyn Cain, Utah County Special Ed Teacher and Gun Worshiper Embarrasses Utah

This is why Utah is the laughing stock of the World.

The National Rifle Association countered with “arm the teachers.” Gun clubs claim hundreds of teachers are applying for free weapons training. Two hundred people showed up for a class in West Valley City, Utah, outside Salt Lake City, on December 27, 2012, for example. Not all of the people who took the course were teachers. But some were, including Carolyn Cain, who teaches special education kids in kindergarten to the 6th grade in Utah County, Utah.

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Ending In-State Tuition for the Undocumented–H.B. 191

Representative Carl Wimmer introduced H.B. 191 to a house committee this past Friday. H.B. 191 seeks to end in-state tuition for undocumented students. This bill will have little real effect on immigration issue and it marginalizes a group of innocent people.

Rep. Wimmer initially ran for his seat based on improving children’s educational opportunities. I would like to thank Representative Wimmer for his strong position on education as education is an important component in the stability and progression of the world economy and our home country. I believe like Representative Wimmer that children’s educational opportunities are important for all human kind not just “our own kind”

HB 191 seeks to make it difficult for qualified undocumented children to receive a higher education, due to the economic challenges HB 191 will present if in-state tuition for undocumented students is repealed. When I asked a young man at East High in the AP Art Program what his college plans were, he responded “I don’t really have plans [to go to college] because my 4.0 isn’t going to do me any good.” Before that response I had no idea the challenge this young man was facing through no fault of his own.

The hardworking student is not the problem. The federal government is the problem. I ask all of you don’t be complicit on that problem.

Our government due to its egregious lack of action since 1986 to implement sound immigration policy, is what has created the situation we are in today. HB 191 seeks to not only punish the wrong faction of our society, but also seeks to limit their opportunities and thereby create an under-educated and idle population.

Utah’s legislative body should not indirectly punish the children of the parents who brought them here illegally. Many of the undocumented students who graduate from US high schools have been living in the country for five years or more and have already strengthened their lives through our great public school system. By providing a path to affordable education, students can train for careers, find jobs and become taxpaying citizens.

In 2002 the Utah Legislature had passed legislation that allowed undocumented students to qualify for instate tuition as long as they attended 3 years of high school and planned on becoming legal citizens. Which was a great piece of legislation brought for from forward thinking lawmakers.

According to a recent report by the American Association for State Colleges and Universities, a “large portion of undocumented alien students are likely to remain in the United States, whether or not they have access to postsecondary education. Accordingly, it would seem to be in states’ economic and fiscal interests to promote at least a basic level of education beyond high school to alien students, to increase their contribution to economic growth while reducing the prospect of dependence on public/community assistance” (AASCU 2005). Students with a degree are more productive, less likely to need government assistance, and help to maintain a strong state economy (National Immigration Law Center 2005a).

According to Utah Commissioner of Higher Education, William Sederburg, “Even though this [in-state tuition] program affects only a few hundred [590] students throughout the state, we’re supportive of anything that helps students get a higher education who wouldn’t otherwise have that opportunity.”

Education has a crucial role in the cultivation of our society and in sustaining our political and cultural heritage. America is the mother of freedom and democracy and has instilled those values within every child educated by our system. The few hundred students that will be affected by this legislation salute the American flag and most have pledged to that same flag their entire life and believe in the values that motivated their parents to break the law and bring them here. It would be simply cruel to make it more difficult to obtain an education in the country they love. The deprivation of education takes an inestimable toll on the social, economic, intellectual, and psychological well-being of individuals and poses an obstacle to individual achievement. So I urge all of you to contact your elected officials and ask them to vote NO in advancing this specific legislation.

I would like to and with this quote from one of our founding father, “An education is the investment with the greatest returns.” –Benjamin Franklin

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Limitations of “School Choice”

Solving the problems facing public school systems is oddly complex.  The vast majority of public schools perform well; some of them perform exceedingly well; a minority of schools consistently underperform – chances are good if you are poor, black or latino you attend one of those schools.  The notion of “school choice” originated with Milton Friedman and has found favor among a wide array of people, but most especially social conservatives who seek to move resources out of public school systems and into private schools.  These same social conservatives tout the benefits of private schools as if they are the solution for troubled public schools – often acting as if the public school system is beyond repair, ignoring its successes while deliberately inflating the viability of voucher programs.

In response, many public school systems have created school choice programs within cities or districts (Salt Lake School District has a “choice” program).  Read the rest of this entry »

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Judge Memorial Reflections: Learning What’s Not in the Curriculum

I’ve long thought that children are adept at learning what adults teach and most adults aren’t teaching what they think they are.  When adults are intentional about modelling specific behaviors, about identifying what they believe is valuable and then acting on it – to put in other terms, when adults choose to be the change they want to see in the world – the children around them learn those lessons well.

Judge Memorial in Salt Lake City is justifiably proud of itself.  In terms of academics, it has a long and rich tradition of excellence that any school would envy.  But perhaps its most distinctive feature – I say this as a Judge grad – is the way in which Judge taught so many lessons that weren’t on the curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »

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National Rifle Association (NRA) Continues to Feed Its Readers Demonstrable Lies and Distortions

Thoroughly debunked years ago, the gun lobby’s favorite research – a 1995 study by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz that reported an astounding 2.5 million defense gun uses (DGU) each year in the United States. Yep, you read it right; 2.5 million DGUs PER YEAR!

The Kleck study claims that 2.5 million times per year, someone uses a gun to defend themselves. That’s more defensive gun uses than happened in WWII in Europe in 1944.  The Kleck study is so flawed the only thing it measures is the wild imagination of gun owners.

As recently as this month, the NRA referenced Kleck’s deeply flawed and thoroughly refuted study AGAIN in their  magazine, America’s 1st Freedom.

Bucky2Gun4250With the help of liars like Alan Korwin and others, the NRA continues to feed its readers demonstrable lies and distortions.

Here, for your reference, is a short list of the many peer reviewed, refereed, academic articles published that clearly refute Kleck’s astronomical claim.*

The ultimate proof the Kleck claim is bullshit, is the fact that despite spending 35 million dollars/year to deceive the public and threaten politicians, in fourteen years since the study, the gun lobby has funded numerous FAILED attempts to repeat Kleck’s study.

*It should be noted that Gary Kleck has refused to defend his study ever since it was published.

Note to readers: OneUtah is a leading publisher of accurate, trustworthy, legal and scientific information about gun rights, guns, violence, gun violence and the psychology of CCP holders. Read more about guns and meet the gun lobby.

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Gun Lobby REJECTED (by US Senate)

Can you say

REJECTED!!!

The 58-39 vote Wednesday defeated a measure giving people with concealed weapons permits the right to carry their firearms into other states that have similar gun laws. Sixty votes were needed to approve the provision, an amendment to a defense spending bill. Read all about it!

Guns are for Nuts
The winds of change are in the air. National Rifle Association (NRA) candidates got trounced in the 2008 elections.

The NRA spent over thirty-one times more money against Obama than it spent in its negative efforts in 2000 against Al Gore.

This virtually unreported fact (with the exception of OneUtah) is nevertheless, the strongest indicator of the trending sentiment of the American people.

In head-to-head races between candidates endorsed or “A” rated by the NRA and candidates endorsed by the Brady Campaign, Brady candidates won more than 80 percent (including eight of eight U.S. Senate races).

If you look beyond the noise of the few and vocal gun-freaks, you will find an America who while still holding on to the rather fanciful, historical but wrong interpretation of 2a, have grown weary of the spineless machismo of the NRA. Their strongest advocates are best described as armed ‘Birthers.’

…and we all know what kind of Americans they are.

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Sawed-Off Shotguns, Spineless Utah Republicans and The Golden Arches

Link: The driver , of a white Dodge Intrepid pulled into the drive-through at about 2 a.m. at McDonald’s at 210 W. 500 South in Salt Lake City and ordered food from the lunch and dinner menu, police said.

When a clerk told her the restaurant was serving only items from the breakfast menu, the woman drove to the second window, police said. Two men got out of the car, and one pulled a sawed-off shotgun out of the trunk, police said. He fired once or twice into the drive-though window before the two men and the woman left…

Jesus Assault RiflesUnfortunately, the new law making it perfectly legal to carry loaded guns in your car WITHOUT a concealed carry permit is not retroactive.

That’s right. Amid strong public opposition, the rural, religious, right-wing politicos that run the state have taken Utah closer to the territory of the Wild Wild West for which they yearn.

Link: The two bills make changes to current gun laws to allow loaded firearms to be carried in vehicles without the necessity of a concealed weapons permit, and require businesses to allow loaded firearms in vehicles parked on their property…

…all for which will only make it easier for pretty much anyone to steal a loaded gun without having to confront its owner. Yeaaaaah!!!

On the issue of allowing loaded firearms to be carried in vehicles without a concealed weapons permit, 60 percent of respondents were somewhat or strongly opposed, while 35 percent were somewhat or strongly in favor.

Ah, but the gun lobby is very very active at the Capitol and the spine of the average pioneer, well…absent.

Seemingly, Republican legislators are willing to take the sides of gun rights lobbyists against the rights of property owners,” Gunn said. “Legislators are saying that gun rights trump property rights.

But then what are Republicans if not hypocrites.

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Lets Compare Guns. I’ll Shoot First

JESUS! It hasn’t even been 24 hours, and we have like twenty dead innocent Americans in three different shootings without even looking too hard.

I wonder how murders were prevented today with guns.

Man accidentally shoots brother while comparing weaponsMarch 30th, 2009 @ 10:54am

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Brotherly bonding over guns ended with one of the siblings in the hospital.

The Tooele County Sheriff’s Office says the pair was driving from their home in Elko Nevada to Salt Lake City Saturday morning when they began comparing the weapons they both had with them. It was then that one of the brothers accidentally shot the other.

He apparently did not realize his gun was loaded.

The man was shot in the leg. He was transported via helicopter to the University of Utah Medical Center and is expected to be OK.

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Parent Humiliates 9y/o Son: Uses Kid to Push Guns

NRA T-Shirt Stick to your guns - backSo this Gun Freak named Nightmare sends his nine-year-old son to school wearing this T-Shirt.  School makes the kid turn it inside out for the rest of the day.  Gun-Freak Dad spends 6 straight days blogging about it.

What is this extreme obsession with guns?   I weep for the poor little kid.  He’s not even old enough to use a gun and his Dad is using him to promote guns and scaring a lot of other little kids in the process.

Link: I was informed that he was removed from the classroom and taken to a Counsellor who convinced him to remove the shirt and turn it inside out. That spurs questions in my “investigative mind”…

He was then returned to the classroom. He was made to wear his clothing in an inappropriate manner in front of the other students.

Nevermind that his education was disrupted and he was singled out by the teacher.

Nevermind that the t-shirt contained no obscenities, doesn’t suggest or promote anti-social behavior, doesn’t advertise alcohol, tobbaco or the occult, violence, vulgarity, profanity or sexual references.

Nevermind that the school has a home contact and other emergency contact numbers for reaching us.

Nevermind that they didn’t call to bring the matter up.

I think the guy actually typed out the school’s handbook including dress code which forbids clothing that:

“advertises any product or service not permitted to minors by law.
…suggests or promotes anti-social behavior, violence,…”

Is an NRA t-shirt with 4 hand guns designed to shoot at people on it promoting violence?    I would be hard to imagine a more violent t-shirt.  I suppose depicting and actual murder might be worse.

Does an NRA t-shirt with 4 hand guns designed to shoot at people  promote anti-social behavior? Next time you are in a nice social situation like school, church or family picnic, try pulling out a hand gun then take a poll.

Is it speech protected by the First Amendment? Yes, except in responsible schools with thoughtful policies designed to protect innocent children from the vagaries of their parents.

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