Mental illness is a worldwide phenomenon. Shooting sprees like America’s rarely, if ever, happen in other developed countries. Shouldn’t we ask why not? According to the Gun Violence Archive, excluding suicides, 13,286 people were killed in America by firearms in 2015 and 26,819 were injured. In any other category but firearms, these numbers would be identified for what they are: an epidemic. Any other public health issue that took so many lives would be carefully studied by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that answers could be found and action taken to fix the problem. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The CDC analyzes things that cause public harm. Why can’t we study the issue of gun assaults on innocent human beings? People who are shot suffer at least as much as those who are afflicted by the flu or heart disease or any one of many other ailments.But our representatives, whose job is partly about public health and safety, actually defunded CDC gun research back in 1996 because of shakedown threats from the NRA. Only fools or cowards or criminals would prohibit research on such a grave and pervasive problem. Many of our trembling legislators are so fearful of losing their jobs they still bow to NRA pressure to nurture doubt and forbid funding to analyze the plentiful data and discover a dispassionate fix for the problem.Instead, they dutifully parrot old NRA propaganda slogans such as “There are already too many guns out there so we can’t do anything about them,” or “Only the crooks will have guns.” It’s long past time to renounce such defeatist, barroom excuses for doing nothing and demand objective, research-based answers about what role our current gun laws play in public safety.Now that our once-safe schools and public places have become potential killing fields, it’s time we made America great again. Let’s find out exactly why the shooting of innocents is so possible and so frequent in our land.DAVID LAMBERTNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Advertisement The former Reds defender feels there are three positions still up for grabs (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool have a few selection dilemmas despite their comprehensive win over Arsenal on Saturday, with three positions still very much up for grabs.The Merseysiders secured a 3-1 victory at Anfield, with Joel Matip powering home a header from a corner before Mohamed Salah bagged a brace; one from the penalty spot, the other an excellent finish after a fine team move.Although Arsenal bagged a late consolation goal to deny Liverpool a first clean sheet of the season, Carragher felt the back-line looked more secure with Matip in it. Advertisement Comment Matip got on the scoresheet while Liverpool’s defence looked more secure (Picture: Getty)The former Reds defender feels that is one area of the team where Jurgen Klopp still has something of a selection dilemma, as well as the midfield roles either side of Fabinho.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTalking about Matip on Sky Sports, Carragher explained: ‘I think this fella, because you’re alongside Virgil van Dijk, he doesn’t get talked about a lot. That’s normal, the other fella next to him is a superstar.‘But I couldn’t believe he didn’t start the season. And his performances at the back end of last season were outstanding. And actually when he’s come in I think he’s actually made a difference to Liverpool.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Obviously Joe Gomez can play right-back or centre-back, but for me at this moment it looks a bit more solid with Matip in there. He should be [first choice]. I think he is right now.‘Liverpool’s back four and goalkeeper picks itself and there’s just one position – who is going to play alongside Virgil van Dijk.‘And you need that within a squad. I always feel in a team there should be seven or eight absolute starters who know they are playing as soon as they are fit and everyone knows they are playing, and there should always be three or four positions up for grabs. Henderson and Wijnaldum could also be under threat according to Carragher (Picture: Getty)‘In this Liverpool team there are three or four positions up for grabs – the centre-back position and probably the centre-midfield positions either side of Fabinho.‘I wouldn’t say they are up for grabs, the players who have got the shirt now [Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum] are first choice now but you could easily see Oxlade-Chamberlain going in there, Naby Keita when he’s fit, James Milner.‘The front three picks itself but you should always have three or four within a team who are up for grabs. Centre-back is one of them, at this moment it’s Joel Matip and I don’t see that changing.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Jamie Carragher says three Liverpool players are under threat after Arsenal win Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link314Shares read more
COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (July 10) – A great field of drivers packed the infield at CJ Speedway on a beautiful Friday night for racing on July 10. The racing action was excellent all night on a perfectly prepared race track thanks to Larry Richardson. Racing will continue on Friday, July 17 with hot laps taking to the track at 7:15 p.m. Twenty-one drivers took the green in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and the Stock Cars lived up to their nickname of The Class Too Tough To Tame as fans were treated to three- and four-wide racing throughout the feature. Howard Gordon Jr. led early before Shane Richardson was able to break out of a pack of contenders to take the lead. Richardson held off the constant challenges by David Brandies in the late going to score the win by a slim margin. Brandies took second ahead of Jason Cook. By Jerry Mackey Cody Staley led the caution-free Mach-1 Sport Compact feature flag to flag. Staley held off one of Eastern Iowa’s strongest 4-cylinder drivers in Jake Benischek for the win. Alex Hayes came under the checkers in third. read more
– Chastening –Wenger refused to comment on Borussia Dortmund’s claim that Arsenal have made a bid for their striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 28-year-old was left out of the squad that drew against Hertha Berlin on Friday, which has stoked transfer speculation.Aubameyang was the Bundesliga’s top goalscorer last season as he finished the campaign with 31 goals and has hit 13 in 15 games so far this year.“We are nowhere near anything with Dortmund. They are responsible for their own statements. If we sign somebody we will announce it,” Wenger said.It was a chastening afternoon for Palace, who have lost only twice in their last 13 games — both defeats coming at the hands of Arsenal.Palace boss Roy Hodgson, whose side got a consolation goal from Luka Milivojevic in the closing stages, said he had feared the size of the defeat would be even heavier.“At half-time I thought we were staring down the barrel of a gun,” he said.“I think had we not marshalled ourselves and shown the character that the players showed in the second half and produced the work rate, it would have been an avalanche.“As it turns out, we not only managed to stop them scoring more goals, we got one of our own and reduced the deficit to a minus three rather than a minus seven or eight.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are ready to go on a sustained winning streak after finally blocking out the distractions of a turbulent transfer window.Arsenal ended a five-match winless run by thrashing Crystal Palace 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.Four goals in the first 22 minutes tore Palace to shreds as Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette got on the scoresheet.The Gunners’ dynamic display was a well-timed rebuttal to the critics who claimed the imminent sale of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United would ruin their already troubled season.Wenger expects Chile forward Sanchez to join United in the next 48 hours, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan ready to move in the opposite direction to Arsenal from Old Trafford.The Arsenal manager hopes those deals, which follow the sale of Theo Walcott to Everton, will allow his players to focus on their performances rather than being distracted by the transfer sagas.“What is very difficult is for the first time in January we were losing one of our big players,” Wenger said.“This period creates a strange feeling in the dressing room. That is why this transfer period in the middle of the season is difficult.”Wenger revealed Sanchez was absent from the Arsenal squad on Saturday as he headed to Manchester to seal a deal which has been in the making since United out-bid Manchester City for the former Barcelona star.“I didn’t take him because there is a question of him moving to Manchester United and you cannot drive up north and as well play football,” Wenger said.“I expect it to happen maybe, but I cannot announce it because in the next 48 hours it will be decided one way or the other.” read more