Kansas is keeping my blood pressure up this week with a series of ridiculous stories from around the state.
Let’s start with the shooting at a graduation that started in an uncomfortable sock. I’ve watched a lot of action movies in my life and NEVER I mean NEVER have I ever seen the good guy reach for the gun inside of his sweaty sock. Turns out there is a reason for this. PSA ALERT! Guns and socks don’t mix. If you have to mix your socks and guns – I suggest you get a nifty pair of socks WITH guns, not guns IN socks. Anyway, here’s the story from 12 KWCH in Wichita, KS (I took the liberty of highlighting the important parts)
AUGUSTA, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE:
Chief Tyler Brewer said he will recommend the charge of criminal use of a weapon/possession of a firearm on school grounds.
“Let’s just cut to the chase here,” said Brewer. “The gun should’ve stayed in the car. An ankle, in a sock, is not an adequate place to put your weapon.”
Chief Brewer said the concealed weapon was a Kel-tec semi-auto 380.
When it got uncomfortable in the man’s sock, he tried to re-adjust it. Instead, the gun triggered shooting the man in the foot. It then ricocheted off the ground, flying more than 50 feet, into a women’s calf.
The man drove himself to Kansas Medical Center for treatment. The woman was taken to Wesley Medical Center in serious condition.
“She was released from the hospital and is fine as can be. You know, she’s got a bullet that’s in her leg,” said Brewer.
He says the class B misdemeanor he’s recommending for the incident carries a fine of up to $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison. The man could also lose his license, but under Kansas law, he’d still be able to carry a gun legally because he has no felony.
“Unfortunately, sometimes people just don’t use common sense.” said Brewer.
No federal charges will be filed in this case.
FactFinder12 wanted to know: is it illegal to take a concealed gun, with a permit, into a high school football stadium?
It comes down to what the state means by two words – “grounds” and “building.”
According the Kansas attorney general’s website, concealed carry permit holders are allowed to carry on the “grounds of a K-12 school,” but district’s can post signs on school “buildings” prohibiting concealed carry inside.
No one FactFinder 12 spoke with is exactly sure what lawmakers meant by the terms grounds and buildings.
Lawmakers – what did you mean by grounds and buildings? Now might be a great time to clue us in.
Sometimes people just don’t use common sense and in Kansas people without common sense aren’t required to take gun safety training. Makes total sense. #Sarcasm
Moving on – in other news KCUR broke an interesting story about how Bill Self is the highest paid Kansas employee who pays almost no income tax thanks to his handy-dandy LLC status. http://kcur.org/post/thanks-tax-cuts-bill-self-highest-paid-state-employee-owes-little-kansas-income-taxes
People are pissed about the budget mess that Kansas is in right now. Then we get to read about a millionaire not paying taxes in Kansas and it’s legal. I guarantee the most googled search phrase in Kansas right now is “starting my own LLC”.
(psst…KS lawmakers – ya might want to tighten up that gigantic LLC tax exemption gap next session while the state is busy processing the thousands of new LLC applications.)
Moving on to a favorite KS GOP topic – poor shaming. Poor Kansans can’t take cruises and now their time on TANF has been reduced from four to three years. The only way around that is if families get a “hardship exemption” – at this point I think all of us enduring the Brownback years should qualify for a “hardship exemption”.
Here’s the pull yourself up by your bootstraps quote from Brownback,
“The longer you’re out of the work force, the harder it is to get back into it, and this is encouraging people to get back into the work force on a sooner basis so that the deterioration of those work skills doesn’t continue to happen,” Brownback said. “… You need people getting back in the game quicker.”
Inspiring isn’t it? Too bad “the game” sucks in Kansas from the lackluster job growth. Good luck finding all of those new jobs that we were promised. http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72012847.html