Political (In)correctness Stymies Efforts to Prevent Mass Shootings

first_imgIt’s also the reason that – incredibly even in the face of what’s just been experienced – that some are pushing a federal law that would eviscerate local regulations and protections that have proven effective in states like New York in favor of the sadly and demonstrably inadequate ones in places like Florida.Fewer and Narrower Than You ThinkThe percentage of Americans who own firearms ranges from only 32 to 43 percent depending on survey.  But either way there has been long-term downward trend in gun ownership that remains consistent across all the national polls, dropping it to its lowest level in 40 years.Paradoxically, sales overall are up meaning that those that the clear minority that are purchasing guns are only building bigger personal arsenals.DC vs. Heller’s narrow 5-4 decision changed the Court’s centuries long reluctance to sever the Second Amendment’s connection between service in a militia and an individual’s right to possess a firearm.  Even at that, the majority opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia was sharply limited in its scope. It only found a right for an individual to have a handgun in his or her home for personal protection.The idea that a firearm could or should be–or that the Constitution actually guarantees– anything more is merely speculation and fantasy.The argument in favor of that “more” envisions some sort of maximally armed ersatz impromptu popularly inspired citizen militia raised to forestall and defeat some perceived government tyranny. The term “political correctness” is being used—legitimately—to criticize any effort that combines ideology with language to restrict the boundaries of debate over any particular issueThere may be no greater example of it than the way people are forced to parse their words whenever the subject of gun control or regulation comes up. The seeming obligatory preamble to any such discussion goes something like this:  “I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms…” followed by whatever else the person wants to sayWhy is this rote recitation deemed necessary to establish one’s bona fides to even broach the subject?  Political correctness–one is made to feel unqualified to start a conversation without genuflecting to some nebulous fealty to the Second AmendmentIt’s the reason those who are supposed to be representing us in government seem so befuddled and conflicted over what to do about these school shootings even though poll after poll shows that a clear majority of us favor more stringent restrictions on gun ownership and use.It’s the reason those same government representatives will do everything possible and try any harebrained scheme imaginable—from deputizing teachers or stationing in our schools an army of retired police and armed forces personnel to effectively attempting to bribe the students trying to get their legislators to see reason with exam cancellations, as the Florida legislature voted to do last week – all to avoid confronting the elephant in the room that is the insane proliferation of weaponry in our civilian homes and streets. Categories: Editorial, Opinioncenter_img This is nothing more than a paranoid’s dream.  And while the notion that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun” is true at its most elemental level, the idea that that good guy can be you – any you – is a dangerous delusion.Yet it’s that delusion that misinforms the facially ridiculous suggestions that armed, conceal carry teachers will somehow be able to stop or discourage a marauder with an AR-15, that police should have to tolerate powerful weapons in mass circulation while doing their already dangerous jobs and that an arms race among individuals within a society is the only way to ensure personal and public safety.The rapid-fire nature—in more ways than one—of these awful events is telling us loudly and insistently that we have it wrong.  No other civilized country on earth has such a laissez faire attitude toward such powerful and lethal weapons because the hazards and negatives so demonstrably and completely outweigh any positives.  It is only a woefully misinformed form of political correctness that is blinding us from honestly acknowledging this and preventing us from responding and redressing it with readily reasoned and logical solutions.If we can’t or won’t stride over that self-made hurdle, we’ll only be condemning ourselves to more festivals of carnage like Las Vegas and Parklands.  More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Pakistan hopes World XI series will herald return of international cricket

first_imgBy Mubasher Bukhari and Saad SayeedLAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan will host a World XI cricket team for three T20 matches starting today and hopes the series will herald the return of international cricket to the country, eight years after a militant attack on a Sri Lankan team bus.The star-studded series to take place under tight security will be closely monitored by other cricket boards and if all goes well Pakistan expects to host Sri Lanka and West Indies this year, Pakistan cricket board chairman Najam Sethi said.Pakistan has only hosted one international series since militants attacked the bus in Lahore in 2009, wounding six players and killing two civilians and six security officials.In March, calls for the return of international cricket picked up steam after the final of the domestic T20 Pakistan Super League, featuring high profile foreign players such as World Cup winner Darren Sammy, was held in Lahore.“It’s a great opportunity to showcase Pakistan,” Sethi told Reuters, adding that these matches could revive cricket in the country. “This is a momentous occasion.”Over 6 000 police officials and paramilitary officers have been deployed around the stadium, according to provincial government spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan.“A foolproof security plan has been devised for the protection of the teams and spectators,” he said.Attacks in Lahore have become less frequent in recent years but security remains high as Pakistani Taliban and other militants groups remain active. A Taliban suicide bomber killed 25 people in July in an attack that appeared to target Lahore’s police force.The streets of Lahore were swathed in posters of the visiting players and advertisements for the matches. Long queues formed at vendors across the city and many fans were turned away as tickets were sold out.”I am very excited,“ Lahore resident Qasim Ali Shah told Reuters. ”I have bought a ticket, an expensive one, and will go to watch the match.Local television channels had pre-match footage on a constant loop, showing players arriving for practice at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.For young fans and many players on the team itself it is one of the first times they can experience a high-profile match on home turf.Pakistan’s cricket board has shouldered the expense of hosting matches in Dubai since the 2009 attack and lost considerable revenue in fees and other expenses.“Dubai has proved to be a very expensive venue and my sense is we will cut our costs by 50 percent when it comes back to Pakistan,” Sethi said.Cricket board spokesman Amjad Bhatti said an estimated 90 percent of tickets had been sold.“I wanted to watch all three matches but could not get tickets,” said aspiring cricketer Rameez Sindhu.World XI squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliot, Tamim Iqbal, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Imran Tahir, Paul CollingwoodPakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wkp.), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan, Sohail Khanlast_img read more

The Latest: Napoli president questions trip to Barcelona

first_img July 30, 2020 Associated Press De Laurentiis says “I hear a lot of perplexity and fear coming from Spain and they’re acting like nothing is wrong. What does it take to say, ‘Don’t go to Barcelona but rather go to Portugal, Germany or Geneva?’”The Barcelona-Napoli game is scheduled for Aug. 8. The first leg of the round-of-16 encounter finished 1-1 in Naples in February. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals in Lisbon, Portugal.The Napoli president says “if they’ve decided to play the Champions League in Portugal and the Europa League in Germany, I think we can go to Portugal or Germany for the round of 16. I don’t understand why it should stay in a city that has a really critical situation.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is concerned about his club traveling to face Barcelona in the Champions League amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Spain. The Latest: Napoli president questions trip to Barcelonalast_img read more

NOC Charges States, Fitness Clubs on Skills Update

first_imgThe Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC in collaboration with Sports For All Commission, have commanded the states and fitness clubs that participated in the two -day programme to update their skills.Banji Oladapo, NOC Secretary General made this statement yesterday at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Solidarity/NOC Sports For All Aerobics fitness, which took place at the Duban International Hotel, Ogba.Oladapo, said the course which was the first of its kind in Nigeria was a follow up to the Sports For All Forum for Directors of Sports Council and other fitness clubs. He pointed out that one of the objectives of the forum was to enable the participants to maintain strong affiliation with their various States Council’s and fitness clubs in order to promote fitness activities at their respective states.While explaining that the seminar was a refresher course which would enable the participants to understand the value of aerobics and also be in tune with the latest techniques of the world of fitness.However, the aerobics and fitness instructors have charged the Sports For All Commission to take campaign of healthy living through sports and physical exercise across the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more