Good morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published in The Journal News today, Tuesday, Feb. 22:
John Falcone: Editorial
We comment on the death of Poughkeepsie Police Officer John Falcone, a native of Carmel, who was gunned down in the pursuit of Lee M. Welch on Friday. Welch fired on Falcone with a .38 caliber handgun, for which there appears to be no permit. The incident serves as yet another reminder that stricter gun-control legislation is in order, we conclude. We write:
… How the weapon recovered by police — a .38 caliber handgun — came into Welch’s possession was not yet clear. The Poughkeepsie Journal reported Monday that there appeared to be no permit for the weapon. However it was obtained, it helped spell a familiar doom. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, women are more than twice as likely to be shot to death by their male intimates as they are to be shot, stabbed, strangled or killed in any other way by a stranger. In two thirds of battered women’s households that contained a firearm, the intimate partner used the gun against the woman, usually threatening to shoot/kill her (71.4 percent of the cases), or to shoot at her (5.1 percent).
Having fewer guns would probably save women’s lives (and no doubt police lives, too): Gun owners are 7.8 times more likely than non-gun owners to have threatened their partners with guns, according to Brady. An abuser’s access to a gun is associated with an eight-fold increase in the risk of homicide. State legislatures, however, after a string of Supreme Court decisions favorable to individual gun owners’ rights, are likelier to put more guns on the street than to take any away.
Texas is poised to pass legislation allowing concealed handguns on university campuses; other states are bolstering carrying laws. Congress has been in no rush to intervene, no matter how many police or members of Congress are shot. “Let’s be honest here,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told Meet the Press after the Tucson shootings. “There haven’t been the votes in the Congress for gun control. We’re looking for some things where we can maybe find some common ground.” That common ground remains elusive.
Cutting the waste: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Albany draws a line on charters: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Cuomo should introduce his own ethics reform bill: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Wisconsin sends national signal: Editorial, Newsday
An irresponsible budget plan: Editorial, Times Herald-Record