20 Oct

Focus on stopping the next shooting spree

first_imgThey offer prayers and platitudes that are quickly forgotten, instead of working to enact policies to help defend a nation that is constantly under attack from its not-so-well-regulated militia.Americans don’t need another debate on “gun control.”What’s needed is a dispassionate discussion about specific policies that can save lives.For instance, the Sutherland Springs shooter was reportedly convicted of domestic violence and received a one-year sentence.If true, this should have disqualified him from passing a background check, but it didn’t.Discovering what went wrong — and fixing it — can help stop future murderers.After the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed a law aimed at getting mental health records into the background system. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appears on Bloomberg View:There are many unanswered questions about the man who on Sunday shot and killed at least 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.In the days ahead, more facts will emerge. But the most common question — could anything have been done to stop him? — will also be the most difficult to answer, the most hotly debated, and the most irrelevant for public policy.If the goal is to stop future shooting sprees — and it should be — the right question to ask is simple: What steps can be taken to reduce their likelihood?Nothing can change what happened, and no law can stop every murderous madman.But by examining data and evidence, there are ways to increase the chances that future plots can be foiled, and to mitigate the harm that the successful ones inflict.That’s why Congress banned fully automatic rifles, for instance, and created the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.Both have saved countless lives.The trouble is, whenever such a mass shooting occurs, elected officials who fear the gun lobby pretend that nothing more can be done.center_img But gaps still exist. Sunday’s shooting spree again highlights how a functioning background check system is as much a management issue as a policy one.Sunday’s massacre should also prompt elected officials to contemplate two facts.One, mass shootings are often committed by domestic abusers.And two, in states where background checks are required on all handgun sales, as opposed to states where they are required only at registered gun dealers, 47 percent fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners.Americans do not elect representatives to pray for them, nor to kneel at the gun lobby’s altar.But until voters demand a more active and urgent response from Washington and state capitols, funeral bells from mass killings will continue to ring across the land.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

20 Oct

Grateful for care for husband  at Ellis

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt has nearly been two months since my husband experienced symptoms of a stroke. His speech was garbled and he had a headache. Other than that, he had no other symptoms. Within five minutes, we were visiting Ellis Medical Center in Clifton Park. Luckily, we live right in the neighborhood. From the time we spoke to the lovely woman at the front desk and our transfer to Ellis, we were treated with a very efficient staff.The nurse manager assessed my husband and the physician assistant (PA) was not far behind him. Both of these men were very professional and kind. They communicated with the doctor and us as the orders progressed. The neurologist and cardiologist were contacted, and plans were made for a transfer to Ellis Hospital for further observation. There were others in and out to help this all go smoothly, and each one treated my husband with the utmost respect. The guys on the ambulance were kind and reassuring and surely knew what they were doing. We were sent to C6 (Neuro Unit).His RN and his team would be taking care of him throughout the night. They were very thorough and made the both of us feel so comfortable and safe. A new team arrived and we were informed of the tests that would be done. We were kept in the loop. Each person that transported or did the test in the room was most kind and respectful. The PA worked diligently to get results back so Dave could go home that day. All we can say is a big thank you one and all at Ellis Hospital.Cass ZilcoskyDave ZilcoskyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

20 Oct

Helical Bar to offer £30m cashback

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20 Oct

Cala may go private

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20 Oct

Trefick on the warpath again

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20 Oct

BH&S feeds Gulliver to hungry Lionbrook

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20 Oct

Easy does it

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20 Oct

High grade dispute

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20 Oct

Bargain hunt

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20 Oct

LSH secures US links with Studley

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