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Congress has sensible gun legislation ready to pass

first_imgThe failure of the Air Force to report the conviction of the gunman in the Sutherland Springs shooting underscored the holes in the system.That Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a fierce opponent of most gun control, is helping lead the effort is seen as boosting its prospects.Of course, neither of these modest measures would be sufficient to address gun violence.Congress should reimpose the ban on the military-style semiautomatic guns that have — even without bump stocks — become the weapon of choice of mass killers.This week the Supreme Court let standa Maryland law banning the sale of these weapons.Hopefully that will encourage more states to take similar action while they wait for Congress to do its job.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 homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Even the National Rifle Association said the accessories should be subject to regulation.But the momentum for action was short-lived, the NRA’s seeming support was a subterfuge, and Congress has failed to act, saying the matter was better left to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Never mind that agency says it lacks authority under the law to do so.Some states and cities are trying to fill the gap.Massachusetts this month became the first state to ban bump stocks since the Las Vegas massacre, and several others are considering similar restrictions.“We’ve come to the conclusion that Congress just won’t act on this issue, gun control, so we’ve decided to try to do as much as we can on a state level and on a state-by-state measure,” said Massachusetts state Rep. David Linsky, D.The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Dec. 6 on rules regulating firearm accessories, but prospects for action before Congress adjourns are not seen as good.Gun-control advocates are more hopeful about legislation advanced by a bipartisan group of senators that would require federal agencies and states to improve their reporting of criminal offenses and other information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.A loophole in federal gun law allowed the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting to modify his weapons to perform like machine guns.A lapse in the national instant background-check system allowed the gunman in Sutherland Springs, Texas, to purchase his weapon despite what should have been a disqualifying conviction for domestic violence.Congress has before it sensible solutions to address both problems.Will it enact them this time or, as after other tragedies, fold under the pressure of the gun lobby?After a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured hundreds on Oct. 1 by using bump stocks to spray bullets into a crowd listening to country music, congressional action seemed almost certain.Bipartisan support emerged for legislation to ban the devices, which essentially circumvent laws banning automatic weapons made or imported after 1986.last_img read more

Gbinije prepares for return to raucous Cameron environment to face former Blue Devils team again

first_imgGbinije still doesn’t play.Those were the words, chanted in a loud cadence by the Cameron Crazies, that Michael Gbinije heard as he warmed up in Cameron Indoor Stadium a year ago. In Gbinije’s first return to Durham, North Carolina, after transferring to the Orange after the 2011–12 season, the Blue Devils crowd was quick to point out that the forward had moved from one bench to another. That he was, in their eyes, irrelevant.But now, with Syracuse (18-10, 9-6 Atlantic Coast) traveling to No. 4 Duke (24-3, 11-3) for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday, not even one of the country’s most passionate cheering sections can make that claim. In Syracuse’s 80-72 loss to the Blue Devils on Feb. 14, Gbinije scored 19 first-half points and Duke shot 39 percent from the field — yet he tallied just eight on five shots in the second half and the SU offense consequently stalled.So for the Orange to have any chance at upsetting the Blue Devils for a second straight win against a Top 10 team, it needs Gbinije to pace its offense for 40 minutes.“Mike is a big part of just about everything we do,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said after the Orange beat then-No. 12 Louisville on Feb. 18. “Offensively we need him to create and shoot the ball well. A lot comes down to how Mike plays. He knows that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGbinije arrived at Duke as ESPN’s 29th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2011 but there was nowhere for him to play in his freshman year. Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski also brought in third-ranked recruit Austin Rivers, 35th-ranked prospect Marshall Plumlee, 38th-ranked recruit Quinn Cook and Alex Murphy, ranked No. 41.Of the five freshmen, Gbinije played the least minutes and took just 20 shots in 19 games. He also played the second least of the team’s 11 scholarship players — who made up the whole roster — trailing the next most used player, sophomore forward Josh Hairston, by 135 minutes on the season.So when Gbinije entered Cameron Indoor having scored in double figures just once on the season last February, the Crazies saw him as the same player who couldn’t crack Krzyzewski’s rotation.In an eventual Syracuse loss, Gbinije scored eight first-half points and was on the court down the stretch. SU head coach Jim Boeheim called it his “best game of the year.” It was a foreshadow for the scoring threat that has hatched this season.“Look, we recruited Mike because we thought he was good, so that doesn’t surprise me,” Krzyzewski said after Duke beat the Orange on Feb. 14. “I wish he stayed. He didn’t, and he’s a great kid and he’s playing for a great coach.”After slicing up Duke in that first half with five 3s on six attempts and a pair of savvy moves to the basket, Gbinije was blanketed by Cook in the second as the Blue Devils pulled away. After the game, Cook said he knows some of his former roommate’s moves and that he’ll likely match up with Gbinije in the teams’ next meeting.Two weeks ago, Rakeem Christmas and Trevor Cooney each scored 11 points as Duke paid particular attention to the duo. And after his torrid first half, Gbinije received similar treatment and wilted when it mattered most.But the junior has still scored under 10 points just once in conference play and, though cooling down after a six-game hot streak, is most capable of making sure the Blue Devils can’t shut out all three of SU’s go-to scorers.And the thought of doing that in front of the same heckling fans brought a devious smile to his face.“I want to beat them, they’re a good team obviously,” Gbinije said after Syracuse’s win over No. 9 Notre Dame on Tuesday night. “But who doesn’t want to beat Duke? Especially in Cameron. I haven’t done that yet, so hopefully I can do that this year.” Comments Published on February 26, 2015 at 1:41 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Backup goalie Warren Hill replaces starter Bobby Wardwell at half, has mixed performance in loss to UNC

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 11, 2015 at 8:30 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Warren Hill dragged the ball out from the back of the goal with his stick and flipped it up and into his hand.Forty-six seconds had elapsed since the beginning of the second half. And just a few minutes had gone by since Syracuse’s backup goalkeeper was taken aback when he heard he’d be replacing Bobby Wardwell.“I was like, ‘All right, yep,’” the soft-spoken Hill said, recounting the moment of hearing that news when he walked into the locker room at halftime.After the starting goalkeeper Wardwell allowed 10 of the 13 shots he faced on goal to get past him, SU head coach John Desko decided he wanted to change things up. Hill made five saves on 12 opportunities, but had trouble assisting in the SU clears. The combined effort led to a 17-15 loss for No. 2 Syracuse (8-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) to No. 4 North Carolina (12-1, 3-0) at Fetzer Field on Saturday afternoon.When asked if he would reconsider the goalkeeper situation ahead of SU’s home game on Tuesday against Hobart, Desko said he planned to look at it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just wanted a change to get a spark since they were scoring so easily,” Desko said. “That was a little tough since we’d won so many faceoffs early. We missed all our shots, they made their shots and we didn’t have too many saves out of Bob.”The scoring started four minutes in when Shane Simpson came from around the goal and whipped a shot past Wardwell, who tried to close the five-hole as the ball whipped past him to the right. Wardwell was still looking to the sun when Chad Tutton zipped an underhand sweeper past him as he fell to his knees. Tutton then ripped a shot over Wardwell’s stick four minutes after that to open up the three-goal lead.Desko said he wasn’t sure that the sun had much to do with it, though, since graduate assistant Dominic Lamolinara noted to him that Wardwell was moving in the right direction — just not making the play.“We almost hit every shot in the first quarter,” said UNC attack Luke Goldstock, who finished with four goals. “I think our coach put together a really good scout on where the goalie was weak, and I think this is the first game where we followed it 100 percent. I don’t think we put any near his stick.”Goldstock lit up Hill to start the second half with three goals in the first 6:20 of the third quarter. Hill made some nice saves late in the game — including one on a point-blank attempt that tipped off the stick.But he also struggled with clearing the ball. After he threw a pass that Brandon Mullins couldn’t handle, Mullins was trucked and UNC picked up the ball. Hill had never gotten back into his goal and Joey Sankey plopped in an empty-netter to stop a 4-1 SU run and give the Tar Heels a 16-11 lead with just under 10 minutes to play.Wardwell came back in for Hill with 1:52 to play because Desko wanted a goalkeeper that could run its red dog defense — a concept that involves one defender and the goalie pressuring the ball handler.Even with the late switch, Hill was the lesser of two evils facing a North Carolina team that at times scored at will. Hill did well in the fourth to keep SU afloat, helping to negate a 17-shot quarter, as the Orange outscored the Tar Heels 6-3.Desko acknowledged that Hill played well. But Hill knew that he didn’t do enough.“My clearing could have been a lot better today and communication,” he said. “And I could have obviously just stopped the ball.” Commentslast_img read more