State is leading by example on gun laws

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As we have seen time and time again, guns can do great harm when they end up in the wrong hands. The gun enthusiasts of New York state have demonstrated that they take seriously their responsibility of gun ownership. Most gun owners I know lock their guns and ammunition away when not in use, teach their children safe gun-handling and hunting skills, practice with their guns and abide by the state laws put in place.After reading John Cropley’s Oct. 15 Gazette article, “N.Y. is home to low gun death rates,” it also sounds like New York state shop owners are doing their part as well.The article states that shop owners inspect their merchandise when it arrives to make sure it conforms to state laws, complete necessary paperwork and offer more safety classes and marksmanship training. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: 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?center_img Mr. Cropley’s article also notes that the police are busy doing their job enforcing the Safe Act regulations. From 2013 to Sept. 2017, there have been 17 arrests for failure to register legally owned assault rifles, 123 arrests for possession of high-capacity magazines, 816 arrests for illegal possession assault rifles and 338 arrests for illegal possession of fully automatic weapons. When you think of the damage that can be caused by just one automatic weapon with high-capacity magazines, these arrests are even more impressive.The cooperation between gun owners, shop owners and law enforcement has helped to make New York one of safest states in the nation when reviewing firearms death rates. There were 144 fewer firearms deaths in 2014 than in 2005 in New York, and our state has the fourth-lowest death rate from firearms in the nation.There’s much more to be done to continue this trend.The mental health component and the need to improve the nation’s ability to do background checks are two areas in need of significant improvement. I feel that New York state citizens have set an admirable example as to how reasonable gun laws, and gun ownership, can co-exist.ROBERT KARANDYBurnt Hillslast_img read more

Miami Pool Boy Calls Jerry Falwell Jr a Predator as Another Pool Boy Comes Forward

first_imgAnd the couple possibly had another encounter with a second pool boy at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel. Gordon Bello claims to have had a “personal relationship” with Becki Falwell. Granda and Bello are high school friends who were both working at the Fontainebleau Hotel pool, where they claim they met the Falwells while the couple vacationed in 2012.A second pool boy speaks out in the Jerry Falwell Jr. sex scandalHummm…another pool boy, another day. I’m looking forward to learning the truth https://t.co/Z0lpfk7mNT— Stone (@stonecold2050) August 27, 2020 In addition, a one-time Liberty University student says former university president Jerry Falwell Junior’s wife performed a sex act on him when he stayed at the couple’s home in 2008. He was 22 at the time and said Becki Falwell initiated the act, he went along with it but rejected further advances.The man says he was at the home after band practice with Becki Falwell’s son and that she continued to offer him gifts and send him messages over Facebook.The couple has released a statement condemning what they called a frenzy of false and fantastic claims in the wake of Falwell Jr.’s resignation following a sex scandal.The son of the evangelical leader of the same name led the university his father founded for 13 years. More details are coming out over Jerry Falwell Jr’s resignation as the president of Liberty University over allegations of a sex scandal.Former pool attendant, Giancarlo Granda, claims he had a sexual relationship with the evangelical leader’s wife, while Jerry reportedly watched, which Falwell denies. Granda appeared on Good Morning America today and spoke on the situation. Falwell-He’s a LiarEXCLUSIVE: Former pool attendant caught in middle of affair with wife of evangelical powerhouse Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks out to @GStephanopoulos. https://t.co/dzygsti6Gc pic.twitter.com/gZ5MkJsgGs— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 28, 2020last_img read more

Top-tier recruits left along with Floyd

first_imgIn college basketball, where there are no contracts or no-trade clauses, a coach’s resignation from a team can have widespread effects beyond the simple fact that his presence isn’t felt the following season.For the USC men’s basketball team, which is preparing for its first season since former head coach Tim Floyd resigned in early June, this ripple effect has revealed itself most apparently in the form of decommitments from several of the Trojans’ most highly touted incoming recruits.Long road ahead · Coach Kevin O’Neill recognizes that the loss of recruits has shaken up the roster. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Point guard Lamont Jones, forward Derrick Williams and forward Noel Johnson all requested to be released from their letters of intent to USC over the summer after Floyd left. Jones and Williams decided to play for the University of Arizona and Johnson left for Clemson University. Forward Solomon Hill decommitted in April — around the time that Floyd was rethinking the USC coaching job — also to play for Arizona.One of the biggest losses for the Trojans came earlier in the year, before the Floyd controversy. Center Renardo Sidney, a top-10 player who had received national attention for his formidable size (6-foot-10, 250 lbs.) and bruising style of play, decided to switch schools and commit to Mississippi State University.USC’s initial acquisition of Sidney in late February led the wave of recruits for 2009, but questions regarding his amateur status and personal financial situation forced the Trojans to back away from their previous offer and part ways with him. Sidney also had academic eligibility concerns, but has since been cleared to play.The absence of these recruits leaves an already depleted roster — which is without last year’s starters Taj Gibson, Demar DeRozan, Daniel Hackett and Keith Wilkinson — with little depth to turn to. Prior to Floyd’s resignation, the Trojans were ranked as high as 15th in ESPN’s NCAA basketball recruiting rankings, a figure that seems every bit a dream now compared to the nearly empty recruiting class that has stayed committed to USC for the 2009 season.“We’re going to have major roster changes over the next three years, but that’s just the way it is, especially when you come in with essentially a blank recruiting class,” said new head coach Kevin O’Neill.The Trojans will have only one returning starter for the upcoming season, and only four seniors on the entire roster.But in every problematic situation there remains a silver lining, and the Trojans can certainly find theirs in the fact that they still have one recruit — 6-foot-7 small forward Evan Smith — to aid the rebuilding process for coach O’Neill.“I love this university, I live in LA and I was born and raised here,” says Smith of his desire to stay at USC. “I’ve been committed since junior year, and I just didn’t want to leave.”Smith represents something of a new breed for the Trojans: a solid player that won’t just jump into the NBA after one season, but stay and grow with the team over a period of time. He has already taken a liking to O’Neill as well, offering a sign that the Trojans seem to be heading in a different direction than the one Tim Floyd led them.“We all love [O’Neill]. He’s the man,” said Smith. “He came in here and really got things started. We spent the whole summer training, and we’re all ready to play.”Smith will join a young Trojan team led by senior and returning starter Dwight Lewis and redshirt senior Marcus Johnson as they compete for a second consecutive Pac-10 title. USC will open the season with a home game against UC Riverside on Nov. 17.last_img read more

A ‘frustrated’ Antonio Brown recants Twitter rant, still ‘determined’ to play in NFL

first_imgA few days after his release from the Patriots, Brown said he was no longer going to play in the NFL. Will not be playing in the @NFL anymore these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the @NFLPA hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up !— AB (@AB84) September 22, 2019But reports came out afterwards saying the receiver was still interested in playing. And his social media activity indicated the same.In September, Brown was accused of exploitation, sexual assault and rape. Another woman spoke with Sports Illustrated and accused Brown of sexual misconduct. Antonio Brown’s on-again, off-again commitment to resuming his NFL career once again played out on social media. The free-agent receiver posted on Twitter and Instagram Thursday (and later deleted) he’s no longer going to play in the league, then recanted his statements in a later tweet. This came hours after an ESPN report saying Brown was scheduled to meet with league officials next week over accusations of sexually assaulting multiple women. “Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100%  to see them treat me like this is unfairly [sic]! Making money off my sweat and blood. F— the [NFL]. I’ll never play in that s—. Treat black people the worse [sic]! Clear my name and go f— your self,” Brown said on Twitter.MORE: What to know about the allegations against Antonio BrownHours after sending an expletive tweet about never playing in the NFL again, Antonio Brown has changed his mind.📰: https://t.co/IKwer6pVEF pic.twitter.com/gv7PNzsR2v— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 8, 2019He echoed those thoughts on Instagram saying in part, “I’m going down another path.”Antonio Brown says he is “done with” the NFL. pic.twitter.com/ujNnOEkLFq— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 7, 2019It took only a few hours for Brown to walk back those comments with another tweet, saying, “I’m determined to make my way back to the NFL.”I’m just very frustrated right now with the false allegations and slander to my name. I love football and I miss it. I just want to play and I’m very emotional about that. I’m determined to make my way back to the NFL asap— AB (@AB84) November 7, 2019Of course, this was not the first time Brown claimed to be “done” with the NFL.last_img read more