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

Mignolet keen to bounce back

first_img “I think we have more than enough players in the squad with more than enough ability and different types of players to create chances and score goals,” he said. “I don’t think that is the reason we didn’t manage to score. It was more about us conceding very early and Villa sitting back with two lines of five people, very much like last season against Chelsea. “I am sure if we got one, there would be more than one, and that is why it is a frustrating night. “It is something we have to take on the chin, move on, forget about it and make sure we score some goals on Tuesday (in the Reds’ opening Champions League fixture against Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets). “For me it is the first time in the Champions League so I am looking forward to seeing what it is like. “I’ve heard the atmosphere inside the stadium is something special so I will look forward to it, but the most important thing is the three points. “We have to do our jobs as professional players and get a good result because a good start in the Champions League is always important. “We have to try to forget (the occasion), we have to look at it as a game to get three points and step onto the pitch and do our jobs. “Once kick-off starts it is a game of 11 men against 11 men.” Saturday was the first time since December 2012 Liverpool lined up without last season’s two leading scorers Luis Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona in the summer, and Daniel Sturridge, out after getting injured on international duty. The pair contributed 56 league goals between them last season as the Reds ran champions Manchester City a close second but Mario Balotelli, a £16million arrival from AC Milan, never looked like coming close to emulating either during the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at Anfield. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet does not believe the team’s failure to score was purely down to their absences, for one reason or another. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Celtics in 1st after wild week

first_imgELLSWORTH — After a week in which they gave up a monstrous individual performance and saw their top Eastern Conference competitor collapse, the Boston Celtics are in first place in the Eastern Conference.The Celtics (48-26) have beaten Washington, Indiana, Phoenix and Miami to record a four-game win streak. Against Phoenix, the team won 130-120 despite allowing 70 points — the  most of any NBA player since 2006 — to shooting guard Devin Booker. The team is at home against the Milwaukee Bucks (38-36) at 7:30 p.m. today, March 29.Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to slide. Three losses in four games have left the Cavaliers a half-game behind Boston in the win column. Cleveland (47-26) faces the Chicago Bulls  (35-39) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, March 30.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more