What to Read While Waiting for Trump’s Comeuppance

Great piece by Rebecca Solnit. The Loneliness of Donald Trump. On the corrosive privilege of the most mocked man in the world

I have often run across men (and rarely, but not never, women) who have become so powerful in their lives that there is no one to tell them when they are cruel, wrong, foolish, absurd, repugnant.

Solnit talks about not just Trump, but the people like him who live in a world without honest mirrors.

I’ve worked with and trained smart people who have become some of the richest, most powerful people in the world –Brin, Page, Musk, Sandburg, Mayer and many others. One of the reasons they got to where they are is the people around them (usually women, professional communicators) knew these people needed to see how they were coming across to others. Obliviousness could end up hurting them professionally (and often personally) unless they dealt with it.  These women brought me and my training partners in to hold up a mirror to these people and say, ‘This is how you come across to the media, to investors, to employees. Is that really what you want?”

Dave, one of my training partners, used to quote . . . → Read More: What to Read While Waiting for Trump’s Comeuppance

Who protects gun victims from bearing the costs of their wounds?

May 25, 2017 –Jackson Mississippi

Woman drops her gun in hospital waiting room, shoots another patient in the leg

The patient was hospitalised but said to have suffered “non life-threatening” injuries.

The question I’d like journalists to ask every time this happens:

Who will pay for the injured person’s health care?

In this story in Politico about insurance they talk about the difference between the insurance that the states want to require gun owners to have, and the insurance the NRA is selling.

“Government-mandated firearms insurance shouldn’t be confused with the NRA’s insurance product—the former protects gun victims from bearing the costs of their wounds; the latter protects gun bearers from carrying the costs of their wounded.” – Matt Valentine, Politico

Gun owners are not required to have any liability insurance, but some have it; what does it pay for? Full medical care? Rehabilitation? Loss of time at work? Long term disability? Pain and suffering?

What if the injured person ends up having a pre-existing condition now because of the injury? “Non-life threatening” doesn’t mean it’s not life changing.

Journalists don’t ask question of who is going to pay for medical care, but given our current President and the hostility toward providing . . . → Read More: Who protects gun victims from bearing the costs of their wounds?

For KPLC TV reporters on your last shooting, before your next

Just spotted your most recent shooting. This alert is for if you do  a follow-up on last week’s shooting of Gage Meche at Moss Bluff Elementary.

1) Gage had to go back to surgery yesterday (5/23/17) (Info from his Facebook recovery page)

2) There is a now a GoFundMe page for him.

I wrote a piece about this shooting focusing on the costs of care and lack of financial responsibility laws for gun owners 

During my research I found some things that might be interesting to you: State Rep. Stephen Dwight’s wife Jessica Dwight works as a librarian at the school Gage attended  Dwight grew up in Moss Bluff and worked as General Counsel in the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department  (In my piece I highlighted the DA’s and sheriff’s activist pro-gun views after the shooting.) Michael L. Dugas, the gun owner, was released on a $5,000 bond because the negligent injuring and improper supervision of a minor are only misdemeanors  (link) Michael Dugas was arrested for a DUI that resulted in a death in 2015 Michael Dugas said he gave Jake Dugas a gun based on a robbery a few month ago. I couldn’t determine which robbery it was because Jake’s name wasn’t mentioned in the news stories, but you might since you apparently . . . → Read More: For KPLC TV reporters on your last shooting, before your next

Kid Shot In Gut. Pro-gun Sheriff Charges Gun Owner With Misdemeanor

Last Monday, May 15th, 7-year old Gage Meche was accidentally shot at Moss Bluff Elementary School in Louisiana.  A 7-year old student had brought a handgun to school that morning. It fell out of his backpack and a second elementary student picked up the gun and fired it, hitting Meche in the stomach.  After undergoing several hours of surgery at Lafayette General Hospital, the 7-year old is in stable condition.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said that neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun will be held responsible for the accident due to their age.

On Thursday, May 18th, Michael Lane Dugas, 50, and Jake Abram Dugas, 17, both of Moss Bluff, were charged with negligent injuring. Michael Dugas is also charged with improper supervision of a minor

“Unfortunately they are misdemeanors,” Mancuso said. “But it is what we can charge them with.”

Reading that quote it appears that Mancuso wishes he could charge them with something more.  I’m curious if he ever pushed for tougher sentencing in the past, but here is what he said right after the shooting.

“I’m a pro-gun advocate, and I believe in the Second Amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms. . . . → Read More: Kid Shot In Gut. Pro-gun Sheriff Charges Gun Owner With Misdemeanor

Kid shot in the gut. Gun owner charged with misdemeanor

Last Monday, May 15th, 7-year old Gage Meche was accidentally shot at Moss Bluff Elementary School in Louisiana.  A 7-year old student had brought a handgun to school that morning. It fell out of his backpack and a second elementary student picked up the gun and fired it, hitting Meche in the stomach.  After undergoing several hours of surgery at Lafayette General Hospital, the 7-year old is in stable condition.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said that neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun will be held responsible for the accident due to their age.

On Thursday, May 18th, Michael Lane Dugas, 50, and Jake Abram Dugas, 17, both of Moss Bluff, were charged with negligent injuring. Michael Dugas is also charged with improper supervision of a minor

“Unfortunately they are misdemeanors,” Mancuso said. “But it is what we can charge them with.”

Reading that quote it appears that Mancuso wishes he could charge them with something more.  I’m curious if he ever pushed for tougher sentencing in the past, but here is what he said right after the shooting, emphasis mine.

“I’m a pro-gun advocate, and I believe in the Second Amendment that allows us to possess and carry . . . → Read More: Kid shot in the gut. Gun owner charged with misdemeanor