The state of Nevada has 158 “high hazard” dams. ‘High hazard’ means there could be loss of life or significant property damage if a dam failure were to occur. [ASCE] However, the state legislature appears to have other priorities. Guns, case in point: SB 175. As of February 4, 2015 there were 10 bills in the Assembled Wisdom regarding guns. [RGJ] SB 175 is particularly subservient to the National Rifle (Manufacturers) Association:
“Senate Bill 175, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, also would loosen Nevada’s reciprocity laws with other states regarding concealed weapon permits and repeal a handgun registration requirement in Clark County, a local ordinance that has been in existence for more than six decades.
Further, it would establish “state control over the regulation of policies concerning firearms,” and allow anyone “adversely affected” by local ordinances or regulations that violate the measure to sue for damages.
The measure would make it illegal for anyone convicted of domestic violence, even a misdemeanor offense, from owning a gun. A violation would constitute a felony. It also would prohibit anyone under an extended protection order from acquiring a gun while the order is in effect.” [LVRJ]
Part One – the reciprocity would lower Nevada standards to the least common denominator among the states. Part Two – repeals the permitting requirements in Clark County. Part Three – allows anyone with a grouse to sue local governments on the grounds of “2nd Amendment Free-dumb.” Part Four – says a person under a domestic violence restraining order cannot buy a gun – and says nothing about removing guns from an abuser who already has possession of them prior to conviction. Meanwhile, …
The state’s budget for dealing with high hazard dams is half the national average, and there are only 3 full time employees responsible for overseeing an average of 225 state regulated dams. [ASCE] Nevada ranks 23rd in the nation in renewable energy in a state well known for sun and wind. [ASCE]
However, those dams and that renewable energy aren’t major topics among the Assembled Wisdom because the efforts thus far highlight how a gun hobbyist in Nevada can get a concealed carry permit as easily as he or she could in Florida – wherein the standard appears to be the capacity to slightly fog a mirror. [TP] Witness: AB 127 which would do away with local Clark County firearms regulation and put all the authority in the hands of the State. [LVRJ] I must be getting very forgetful in my dotage, but I do recall a time when Republicans were all about “local control.”
The state could use more funds for its educational system, both k-12 and higher education; more funding for its public health programs; more resources for our mental health and child welfare services – and more resources allocated to improving our infrastructure. But, the prime topic in this rendition of the Assembled Wisdom seems to be the care and nurturing of our ‘beleaguered ammosexuals.’ Because, you know… Freedumb.