It has been a momentous year in politics, but the balance in the state legislature is much like the previous one. And after some recent sessions where partisan gridlock was resolved near the end of the session, there is already bipartisan agreement even on contentious issues like the Medicaid expansion and taxes to avoid education cuts. A roundtable of leaders in the Nevada Legislature looks at the past year and what we can expect in the coming year.
State Sen. Michael Roberson, Minority Leader, Nevada State Senate
State Sen. Tick Segerblom, Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee
Assemblyman Pat Hickey, Minority Leader, Nevada Assembly
Assemblyman William Horne, Majority Leader, Nevada Assembly
I prefer William Horne over Tick SegerblomJames –Dec 21, 2012 21:22:10 PM
This state will never fund mental health to the extent that it is needed. They are too myopic focusing on the budget (NO TAX) postion vs what is needed for this state. When Bob Miller (the Demo in name only-DINO)governer throws out everyone from the mental health hospitals to balance the budget), it aint going to happen. Roberson is retreating to his previous right wing libertarian/Republican. He was very dismissive of the Tig Segerbloom and disrespective. I thought he came close to saying that would need guns both to battle our government and Nazis. Lapirre and NV right wing nuts such as some of your email writers i.e. Rob & Dorum are too much of a fabric of this country to enable many changes to be made to the gun laws. Will Schroeder –Dec 21, 2012 18:39:39 PM
Unfortunatly, what happened at Sandy Hook elementery school is an example of evil. And trying to prevent evil by taking away whatever tool it chooses to use at the moment is futile. Mr. LaPierre was right, the only way to stop a bad person with a gun is with a good person with a gun. Evil people don't need guns to kill other people. And to asume that evil is a manifestation of mental illness exclusively is also a mistake.
So what is the solution? There isn't a comprehensive one like we would like to believe. There are some things we can do to slow evil up. Better security at schools will help. As will more support for mental health. But we really do need to take a hard look at our nihilistic attitudes and our lack of a sense of ultimate accountability.
To sort of bolster my point I would reccommend looking up the Bath, Michigan school massacre of 1927 on Wikipedia. Also check out H.H. Holmes on Wikipedia.Rob –Dec 21, 2012 15:41:17 PM
The discussion on guns by our NV leaders was a joke. Did I actually hear the Republican State Senator say we shouldn't restrict access on assault weapons because we may face "Nazis"!? Unbelievable. So while the Nazi air force is raining down bombs from the air, the citizens w/ assault weapons are going to shoot into the air?! Is THAT his argument?
Also, this focus on mental health issues is totally misguided! Stats show that over 99% of mentally-ill folks are NOT violent and in fact stats show that the mentally-ill are victims of violence in greater numbers than any group!! Columbine perpetrators were NOT mentally-ill and neither were Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice who blew up
I also heard that restricting assault/military weapon types wouldn't have kept the tragedy in CT from happening, and of course that's WRONG as well. Adam Lanza wouldn't have had a Bushmaster assault weapon IF HIS MOTHER COULDN'T PURCHASE ONE. These NRA republican representative's are simply disingenuous- "anything but guns" is what the NRA pays them to say.
I'm all for an armed guard at every school- IF they're very-well-trained! NO GUNS FOR TEACHERS- that's psychotic and anti-learning in every way. Scott De Jack –Dec 21, 2012 10:01:50 AM
True. Best to go for safety today than be prepared for tomorrow's possible troubles. If you think that there will be no more wars or threats in the world that might threaten the US, you're very myopic indeed.Frank –Dec 21, 2012 10:10:29 AM
So Frank- I'm "myopic"? I just responded to several erroneous memes that were portrayed on the show and simply refuted or added succinct statistics to illustrate their flaws...and that is in no way myopic.
I guess you're one of these folks the press is discussing; the anti-Government/insurrectionists. How would you, John Q Citizen's possession of a assault-gun "prepare" you for "threats or wars in the world that may threaten the US"??
We have the largest, best-armed, Military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines etc..) on earth Frank!
Did YOU and your gun help out during 9/11? Other than that and Pearl Harbor, when have we been attacked Frank??
And would you and your gun be of help IF we were? I think not...that would be the US Military that handles those threats and invasions (fantasy invasions, I guess)
Are you IN the military Frank? Maybe that's what you mean here? If not, then what does "more wars" have to do w/ you or me owning an assault weapon? Scott De Jack –Dec 21, 2012 13:06:17 PM
When are we going to address the entertainment industry's effect on this problem? The violence that is rained upon our children via music, movies and video games must be a factor. What are the guests viewpoints and suggestion regarding this?
Louis Graham –Dec 21, 2012 09:43:20 AM
If we emasculate everyone, then surely we'll be safe, no?Frank –Dec 21, 2012 10:11:26 AM
If I could suggest something for the legislature to consider this session it would be long term in-patient care services for mentally ill individuals. I've watched two friends over the years struggle with treating and caring for their sons who have different disorders but are both prone to physically violent outbursts. Both have been relegated to sending their children out of state for long term care because we really don't have any here in Las Vegas. This is heartbreaking for the rest of the family. We need better access to local care.RaJah Mena –Dec 21, 2012 09:42:11 AM
I agree that mental health care needs to be better funded and better managed but the gun issue and this issue are TWO SEPARATE ISSUES.Scott De Jack –Dec 21, 2012 10:05:08 AM
According to the FBI's own numbers in 2011 323 people were killed by rifles. More people were killed by blunt objects and twice as many were killed by bare hands. So why then is the focus on banning certain types of rifles? It makes noe sense.
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-11Ty Doram –Dec 21, 2012 09:42:04 AM
.223 and 5.56 rounds are NOT the same thing at all. There is a difference. http://www.gundigest.com/ammunition-reviews-articles/223-vs-5-56
Guns should be legal, not because they're fun. They are a civic responsibility.Frank –Dec 21, 2012 09:29:28 AM
Who said that during the assault weapons ban killings have "went down"? Did he think the world trade center got "blowed up"? Maybe I misheard but do our representatives speak english? (We're #1 in english grammar...not)!Mike Neubauer –Dec 21, 2012 09:23:41 AM