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More details emerge over spike in bogus callers in Donegal

first_img Pinterest More details have emerged over a spike in bogus callers in Donegal. Gardai in Letterkenny are investigating following reports of males calling to the homes of elderly people over the past number of days claiming to be working with An Post.They have issued a warning to the public over the incidents.In a statement, Gardai say that the men who are impersonating An Post workers claim that they are calling to check any Euro notes at the property.They say that these men are targeting the elderly in the hope that they can intimidate and deceive them.Gardai are urging the public to inform any elderly or vulnerable neighbours and ensure that they have a chain lock fitted to their door, that they never answer the door to anyone that they do not know, that they have their eircode taped beside their phone in the case they need to contact Gardai while also having the number of their local Garda Station readily available at all times.They are also reminding people to keep an eye out for elderly neighbours, take note of any cars/callers that appear suspicious and report all bogus callers to Gardai. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – September 20, 2019 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews Previous articleSave Ballyness Bay campaign receives backing of Glenties CllrsNext articleNeale Fenn expecting tough Harps tie News Highland Google+ Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook Twitter More details emerge over spike in bogus callers in Donegal Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Lynx star Maya Moore to skip ’19 WNBA season

first_imgIn this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx’s Maya Moore, left, shoots against Indiana Fever’s Jazmon Gwathmey during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis. Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore has decided to skip the upcoming WNBA season.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File) Moore announced Tuesday on The Players’ Tribune website that she’ll sit out in 2019. She already had taken the fall and winter off from international competition. The five-time first-team All-WNBA honoree has helped the Lynx win four championships since her rookie year, 2011.“The success that I’ve been a part of in basketball truly blows my mind every time I think about it,” Moore said in her post. “But the main way I measure success in life is something I don’t often get to emphasize explicitly through pro ball.”Raised by a single mother with strong Christian beliefs, Moore has spoken often about her desire for a well-rounded life steered by biblical principles . She quoted from scripture in her brief essay and, without citing specifics, said she plans to invest time in “some ministry dreams that have been stirring in my heart for many years.”Reforming the justice system has been a particular passion of hers , including a personal interest she has taken in the case of Jonathan Irons , who was imprisoned in Missouri in 1997 by what his supporters contend was a wrongful burglary conviction at age 16.“I’m sure this year will be hard in ways that I don’t even know yet, but it will also be rewarding in ways I’ve yet to see, too,” Moore wrote. “I’m thankful to my Lynx family and others close to me who have been walking with me during this shift, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”Last season was only the second time since Moore was drafted first overall that the Lynx didn’t reach the WNBA Finals. Moore was eighth in the league in minutes and seventh in points in 2018. She has missed one game in eight seasons, with career averages of 18.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.“We support her in this exploration and will continue to provide her the love and care she has always known from her Lynx family,” general manager and head coach Cheryl Reeve said in a statement distributed by the team.Moore, who went to high school in the Atlanta area she now calls home, was given the franchise tag last month by the Lynx, preventing her from becoming a free agent. Hours before announcing her decision to sit out, Moore signed a contract with the Lynx on Tuesday.The 29-year-old, who won the WNBA Most Valuable Player award in 2014, expressed her fatigue — and her eagerness for some extended rest — near the end of the 2018 season, which saw the Lynx ousted in the first round of the playoffs. The league compressed the 34-game schedule by three weeks from the 2017 slate.Moore was the top vote-getter for the All-Star game last summer in Minnesota, but she passed on the team captain responsibility that would have required her to draft from the 22-player pool. Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks took her place, joining Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics in assembling the sides. Moore had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the exhibition to earn her third straight All-Star Game MVP award.Moore also opted out of the Women’s Basketball World Cup, the first major event she wasn’t on the U.S. national team for since the 2008 Summer Olympics, which took place before the start of her sophomore season at powerhouse Connecticut.The Lynx, too, are in flux following the retirement of five-time All-Star point guard Lindsay Whalen, who became coach at her alma mater, Minnesota. They start their season May 25 against Chicago. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore has decided to skip the upcoming WNBA season, seeking more time to devote to her family and her faith.last_img read more

What if the Super Bowl had AI referees and other smart technologies?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Atlanta Falcons#featured#football#New England Patriots#NFL#Super Bowl#top It’s late in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LI. The Falcons are facing 3rd and goal on the Patriots’ 5 yard line. Matt Ryan takes the snap and hands off to Devonta Freeman, already running hard at the goal line. Then, with a crunch audible to the topmost rows of NRG Stadium, Freeman is brought down by Dont’a Hightower right at the goal line.Touchdown?!Silence falls as all eyes turn… not to the referees on the sidelines (there aren’t any) but to giant LCD panels behind the end zones. The screens remain black for several long moments until “TOUCHDOWN” lights up. A roar erupts from about half of the stadium.See also: Does this Scottish wearable have an answer for the NFL?Where were the referees in this fictional account of the upcoming Super Bowl LI? They’ve been automated by artificial intelligence systems hooked up to networks of sensors worn by the players and high-speed cameras strategically positioned throughout the stadium.Does all of this sound speculative? It is, but not as much as you might think when you take a look around the world of professional sports. “Precursor” technologies that provide the sensory input data for yet-to-be-invented AI algorithms are already in use. The distance between today’s smart sensors and tomorrow’s fully automated officiating is closing fast.We won’t see AI refs in Super Bowl LI, but the question of whether there’s room for automated officials in the NFL and other professional sports is quickly becoming a matter of policy, not technology.Automated officiating is born one technology at a timeAsk any soccer fan about the Hand of God goal, and you’ll hear not a lecture on divine intervention, but a passionate recounting of one of the biggest referee mistakes in sports history. During the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, Argentinian midfielder Diego Maradona scored a goal by swatting the ball into the net by hand, a clear no-no in soccer. The referees all missed it, and the goal stood despite the handball, which was described by Bleacher Report as “one of the most egregious” mistakes in World Cup history. Because of this error, Argentina ended up winning 2-1 over England.Refs are only human, and we can’t expect them to be right all of the time. Some calls, such as the Hand of God, occur simply because refs can’t watch every single detail of every single play. Mistakes are inevitable. But the days of bad calls may soon be at an end. Goal-line technology, wearables, nanosensors, and even artificial intelligence are being adopted to help reduce referee errors and level the playing fields.Do referees have the toughest jobs in sports?The Hand of God goal wasn’t the first referee mistake and it certainly won’t be the last. Questionable calls have landed refs in the crosshairs of irate players and fans since humans first began competing over athletic prowess. The only difference between then and now is that bad calls are recorded and preserved online forever. Everything from simple oversights to politically charged decisions can be witnessed and dissected by every sports fan with a smartphone and a data plan.Consider the 1972 Olympics, when officials nearly reignited the Cold War by handing the gold to the Soviet Union’s men’s basketball team. The U.S. team had remained undefeated throughout the Olympics and as time wound down on the gold medal match, looked like they would remain so. But officials added time to the clock during the last seconds of the matchup, a decision ESPN dubs one of the worst calls in sports history. The Soviets eked out a one-point lead in those final moments, unseating the American champions.Although the world narrowly avoided political disaster then, referees have continued to confound players and enrage fans with mystifying calls. But what if officials—at the next World Cup, Olympics, or Super Bowl—had access to real-time data on players’ movements and could make faster, more accurate decisions? By reducing human error, there would be fewer opportunities for bad judgment and confusion to alter the outcomes. This would benefit not only the players, but the refs as well. That’s a good thing, right? Well, it’s not that simple.The era of goal-line technologyReferees are just as much a part of the game as players and coaches, facing their own unique brand of pressure every time they set foot on a court or field. The decisions they make determine the course of high-stakes matchups, and coaches, players, and spectators alike don’t hesitate to let them know when they disagree with their calls. That’s where advances in tracking technology prove useful.In football or soccer, for instance, goal-line technology could become referees’ first line of defense against disgruntled players and fans who dispute their calls. Goal-line technology determines the exact moment when a ball crosses the threshold to count as a score. These systems use high-speed camera or microchips implanted in the balls to track their movements, and referees can use the real-time data from the systems to confirm and support their judgments.The NFL has yet to fully adopt goal-line technology, but FIFA implemented it for the 2014 World Cup. European Premier League teams have begun using it as well. England’s Premier League coach spoke in favor of adopting the system, saying it would prevent “gross injustices” from occurring in the sport. Referees can access goal data within a second, mitigating lengthy game delays. Rather than relying on their own observations or debating their colleagues, officials will have instant proof of whether a goal should stand.Such technology would help referees in other sports as well, allowing them to defend their calls when they’re accused of bias. Case in point: Game 2 of the 1998 NBA finals, when observers noted that many of the refs’ calls favored the Boston Celtics over the Los Angeles Lakers. Emotions flare when championships are on the line, and hard data can help cooler heads prevail.Wearables and AI technology are game-changing…literallyBad calls make great headlines, but the occasional bad call doesn’t always indicate a trend. When the NBA began reviewing officials’ calls in 2015, it found that referees were correct 86% of the time in the crucial final minutes of games. Rod Thorn, then-head of the NBA’s basketball operations, said the referee reviews not only increased transparency, but added “a humanity factor” and proved that “the vast majority of the calls are right.”See also: What happened when the NFL found IoT?A little humanity can go a long way, especially in the fraught world of sports officiating. Referees often find themselves the targets of insults and vitriol, particularly from fans. There are even online forums where fans go to brainstorm creative barbs to unleash on officials during games.Technology is giving refs better cover. Multiple professional leagues are increasingly equipping their athletes with wearable devices that send constant updates to coaches and referees who use the data to assess their performances, spot signs of injuries, and analyze goals and plays.In high-profile events, such as the 2016 Rio Olympics, data was often streamed to television broadcasters so spectators could understand what was happening in real-time. Former Olympian Barbara Kendall has said that live stats make sporting events more interactive for fans watching at home.But wearables are also invaluable for accurate judging and scoring. In fencing, for instance, sensors indicate the precise timing and location of athletes’ hits. Camera feeds record exactly what referees see in several sports, eliminating controversies around their decisions. It’s hard to dispute officials’ logic when you’re looking at the same numbers and visuals and can see why they ruled the way they did.Cameras may also provide a buffer for human errors, which is a real concern for referees. In one memorable instance, officials accidentally allowed the University of Colorado Boulder football team five downs, giving them a game-defining advantage over the University of Missouri. The error occurred in 1990, but it was so widely known, it has its own Wikipedia page. Widespread use of on-field cameras could help referees catch those oversights, as would automated tracking of downs, yards gained and lost, and other critical aspects of the game.Artificial intelligence is also already here, helping coaches call plays during games. “Moore’s Law predicts that computational power doubles roughly every two years, so by Super Bowl 100, in 2066, computers should be several million times faster than today. Imagine a robot Bill Belichick flicking through a digital playbook of trillions of moves during the 40-second gap between plays.”Immersion and empathy through technologyWearables and smart technology are transforming sports like football, soccer, and basketball in unprecedented ways. Athletes and coaches are gaining deeper understandings than ever before about plays, strategies, and players’ abilities. If coaches can monitor athletes’ vitals and performances, they can detect when someone is injured or at risk of hurting themselves. Players can then seek care in time to prolong their careers instead of being devastated by an unforeseen break or trauma.Fans are getting in on the action, too. Jerseys equipped with smart sensors give them a feel for what it’s like to be on the field with their favorite players. This smart apparel uses haptic feedback to transmit football plays to viewers as they’re watching them happen.Even those who don’t slip into a smart jersey can get up close and personal through wearables. Devices such as Ref Cams and GoPros allow viewers to feel as though they’re on the court or field. The WNBA introduced Ref Cams in 2013 and FoxSports installed GoPros in referees’ hats to innovate in its coverage of the December 2016 Big 10 Championship Game.Although refs and players don’t always see eye to eye, they’re likely to agree that facial recognition technology will change sporting environments for the better. Stadiums in Australia are exploring the use of such systems in keeping known troublemakers out of their venues. People who are known to start fights and antagonize refs and players may soon be contained before they’ve had a chance to rile people up and become distractions for officials, players, and fans who are trying to enjoy their games.Wearables and other smart technologies will help officials improve their accuracy and do their jobs more effectively. But the greatest benefit may be that when fans and coaches get a ref’s-eye view of the game, they become a little less hostile and a lot more empathetic.Will AI replace refs?We’ve been looking at how new technologies are having an impact in professional sports around the world. These changes are, for the most part, evolutionary: players, coaches, and officials benefit but the games remain largely the same. As long as the chips, dips, and buffalo wings don’t run out, Super Bowl LI won’t feel much different.When we start talking about artificial intelligence in sports, we enter into a completely new realm. Because when you link the sensors and cameras we’ve been talking about to AI systems, you have the recipe for fully automated officiating.As we saw with soccer, on-field tracking systems can detect handballs, identify penalties, and evaluate offside calls. These are working systems already in use; the capabilities of autonomous AI systems will only grow from here. Which is why, in one research study, referees and umpires face a 98% chance of being replaced by AI.Proponents of automated officiating say that AI could reduce corruption and more accurately enforce rules, and it seems likely that the technology will play an increasingly prominent role in athletics. But the transition – if it happens – won’t occur overnight.Although referees are often maligned by angry sports fans, people see officiating a game as a complex task that requires human capabilities. Increased uses of sensors and cameras might provide an AI system with the data to make certain calls, but they may need something closer to a theory of mind before they seem human enough to be embraced by sports teams and fans. As we see with technologies like self-driving cars, the technology is here; it’s the policy and regulation that needs to catch up.So when you’re watching the Super Bowl this weekend, keep an eye on the referees. Can you picture the game without the zebra jerseys on the sidelines? Are we ready to welcome automated play calling to the wide world of sports?Additional article contributors include Mehdi Ghafourifar and Brian Walker. Alston Ghafourifar Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

World Cup 2019 semi-finals: India know what New Zealand are capable of, says Sanjay Bangar

first_imgAfter the end of group stage matches in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, India are all set to face New Zealand in the semi-finals. India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar has said that the team knows what the Kiwis are exactly capable of.”It’s not too long ago that we played a series against them (New Zealand). We know what they are capable of, we know their strengths. We’ll be keeping an eye on that. We’ll just take it how it comes,” Bangar told reporters after the India-Sri Lanka match.In the match between India and Sri Lanka, openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul both scored centuries to help the Men in Blue script an easy seven-wicket win. When asked about the middle order’s consistency, Bangar said there is nothing to be worried about. He opined that as long as the job is getting done, the team is fine.”I do not think so because whoever has got to bat, hasn’t got to bat for too long. Apart from that, Hardik has done a role, Mahi has done a role. They all are in good form and such sort of scenarios have been happening quite regularly. As long as we spring good performances, we will be good,” he said.Rohit helping KL Rahul along the way: Sanjay BangarBangar also lauded Sharma for his consistency. Sharma became the first player in World Cup history to record five centuries in a single edition of the tournament. The right-handed batsman is now also the leading run-scorer in the ongoing tournament with 647 runs.advertisement”The secret behind his (Sharma) great progress in ODI format is that he understands his game really well. He follows his basics. All credit to him for maintaining the consistency. He’s also helping KL Rahul along the way, and from the team point of view, it is very important,” he added.Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah took 3 wickets against Sri Lanka to restrict them to just 265/7 in the allotted fifty overs. Bumrah now has 15 wickets in the tournament. The pacer said that the team has had a good campaign so far.Bumrah opined that accuracy and clear execution will take any bowler to great heights. He said that these two bowling essentials will help everywhere.”You cannot look at it like that. Everybody has got a good round over here. It’s a good campaign for us with both ball and bat. Everyone has chipped in whenever the team required,” Bumrah told reporters.”I think the only thing that works is the accuracy and clear execution. If you have that, it will help you everywhere. Everybody is taking a lot of responsibility and when you take responsibility, you will always try harder,” he added.India finished the group stage at the top of the table as they won their match against Sri Lanka and Australia lost their match against South Africa by 10 runs.The Men in Blue have 15 points from nine games and the team will face New Zealand in the semi-final on July 9.Also Read | Rohit Sharma at candid best after journalist asks him about MS Dhoni birthday plansAlso Read | Not thinking about records: Rohit Sharma after smashing 5 hundreds in World Cup 2019Also See:last_img read more

Has De Bruyne dropped Alexis transfer hint?

first_imgTransfers Has Kevin De Bruyne dropped a major Alexis Sanchez transfer hint? Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Alexis Sanchez Kevin De Bruyne Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester City Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero A. Sánchez Premier League Arsenal The Man City midfielder was asked about the possibility of the Chilean moving to the Etihad Stadium this month and he gave an interesting response Kevin De Bruyne may have accidentally revealed that Alexis Sanchez will leave Arsenal for Manchester City.Goal reported on Sunday that City hope to sign the Chilean in the January transfer window and are in on-going negotiations with Arsenal, with all three parties keen to find a resolution.And De Bruyne may have suggested a deal is all but done when he was asked about the possibility of Alexis moving to City this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Belgium midfielder was initially non-committal, but could have given the game away by saying “when”, rather than “if” towards the end of his answer.”He’s a very good player,” he told reporters. “Obviously we will see what happens in this transfer period. We don’t have to [think] about that anyway. If a good player comes to us that is better, if he doesn’t come we do it with the team we have.”We are in a good period already, the whole season. Everybody is doing a good job. When he comes he will add something to the team.”De Bruyne himself is on the verge of an agreement with City, as the club look to tie him down to a new contract for the next six years.Goal revealed before Christmas that his basic salary and bonuses have already been agreed, and that only the value of his image rights is left to be negotiated.Agent Patrick De Koster is expected to meet with City by the end of January to hammer out that final detail, and De Bruyne himself says he is in no hurry.last_img read more

Ministry throws Sports a big night in Turks and Caicos

first_img Related Items:akia guerrier, Association of the Year, delano williams, Ifeanyi Outonye, judith robinson, keith cox, Olivia Parks, Rita gardiner, Sonia Bien Aime, Turks and Caicos Island Football Association Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Oct 2015 – There is more from Sports’ biggest night in the Turks and Caicos as Turks and Caicos athletes and coaches from past and present were awarded at the 1st Annual Sports Awards on Saturday October 25th at the auspicious celebrations.Track star Delano Williams was awarded for his contribution as a sports ambassador.Track athlete Akia Guerrier was named the Youth Female Athlete of 2015. Six year old Olivia Parks – the youngest honoree was named Junior Female Athlete of the Year and Ifeanyi Outonye got the nod for Sports Personality of the Year.Keith Cox was named Unsung Hero of the Year and Association of the Year went to the Turks and Caicos Island Football Association, better known as the TCIFA. Officials inducted Rita Gardiner, Judith Robinson and Sonia Bien-Aime into the TCI sports Hall of Fame. Among those attending was Deputy Governor Hon. Anya Williams. The inaugural annual awards show was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Youth Sports and Culture. The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Delano Williams return home postponed due to weatherlast_img read more

State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos

first_img South Caicos student new Junior Tourism Minister for TCI PNP Administration says sorry to South Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigate Related Items:#magneticmedianews, south caicos, State of emergency Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurk and Caicos, September 11, 2017 – South Caicos – DDME Advises: Acting on the advice of the Premier, H.E. the Governor has declared a State of Emergency for the Island of South Caicos on September 11th 2017.This is due to the extensive damages caused by Hurricane Irma. A State of Emergency means that on island resources have become overwhelmed to manage the level of destruction and constitutionally the Government have greater flexibility to assign resources to assist with the recovery.Furthermore, Regional and International support has been engaged to facilitate recovery. Please be advised accordingly.last_img read more

Lampard calls for tougher action on assaults

first_imgFrank Lampard has urged the FA to severely punish the fans who assault players, having suffered similar attacks like Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish back in his playing days.Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was punched from behind by a Birmingham fan in the Second City derby on Sunday.However, the pitch invader will serve a 14-week jail sentence as the punishment for his offence.Hold my beer, I’m gonna run on the pitch and punch Jack Grealish in the face pic.twitter.com/PxrNKCbF5r— Hold My Beer (@HoIdMyBeer_) March 11, 2019Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard who narrowly escaped a punch from a Spurs fan in the Blues 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane feels more should be done to avoid a future occurrence.“It’s an unfortunate part of being in the public eye or playing a sport in public, it shouldn’t be,” said Lampard via Sky Sports.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.“I hope players are not playing with a fear of this happening again. We’re all aware of it and have been for many years.“I didn’t like the experience. You have to deal with it. The stamping out thing is how you deal with it and how strong you are. I think we’re very lenient sometimes.”Grealish revealed he was lucky the supporter had no weapon, suggesting the outcome would have been worse.The Grealish incident reminds me of a certain Spurs fan trying to punch Lampard. pic.twitter.com/Pdm0GLL3Kb— Scott (@KepaBall) March 10, 2019Lampard admits it remains an “obvious fear” going forward.“Maybe this could be a shock to the system to stop that more dangerous thing happening in the future,” he added.last_img read more

Ten local gun owners ordered to surrender firearms after courts determined they

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:13 PMcenter_img Ten local gun owners ordered to surrender firearms after courts determined they were at risk of harming themselves and others Posted: February 16, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Ten San Diego gun owners have been ordered to surrender their firearms after courts determined they were at risk of harming themselves or others as part of an effort launched in January by the City Attorney’s Office to obtain such restraining orders.A state law that took effect in 2016 allows police or family members of gun owners who show signs of wanting to cause harm to request a court order that can prohibit the person from possessing or buying a gun or ammunition and require they turn in their guns and ammunition to the police or sell them to a licensed dealer.California’s gun violence restraining orders are among laws in a handful of states that gun violence prevention advocates say could have been used to stop this week’s killing of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida.The admitted killer, Nikolas Cruz, 19, was expelled from that high school last year after being accused of bringing knives to school and posting on social media about wanting to be a “professional school shooter.” The family with whom Cruz lived knew he owned a gun and noticed signs that he was depressed.The FBI was aware of his online behavior, which also included Instagram posts of him brandishing weapons, according to media reports.City Attorney Mara Elliott at the beginning of the year launched a policy in collaboration with the police department of seeking gun restraining orders against those who present “serious risk of harm.”Among those ordered to surrender their weapons are a 23-year-old former Marine who developed paranoia and walked into an auto parts store with a loaded handgun but called police before shooting anyone; a 60-year-old man who grabbed a gun and fled his home after family members said they discovered he was molesting his grandchild; and a 35-year-old man with a “small arsenal” and a history of domestic violence against his wife, according to Elliott’s office.The orders last for 12 months, during which time those subjected to the orders may seek counseling and treatment for their problems. Courts can authorize an extension of the orders if deemed appropriate.“Our federal government is inexcusably ignoring the growing problem of gun violence in our schools and communities. The city of San Diego will not tolerate federal inaction,” Elliott said. “We’re doing everything in our power to respond to this epidemic of senseless killing by removing guns from the hands of unstable and irresponsible gun owners.”The National Rifle Association has opposed legislation to enact laws like this one and similar ones in Washington, Connecticut and Indiana, due to what it says is the potential for the orders to be abused and the restriction of Second Amendment Rights.The NRA, the Firearms Policy Coalition and San Diego County Gun Owners did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Wendy Wheatcroft, who leads the San Diego chapter of anti-gun-violence group Moms Demand Action, said Elliott’s policy takes a major step toward preventing shootings.“We fully support Mara’s efforts,” she said. “If a law like this had been in place in Florida, they would have been able to do something (to prevent the shooting), I think.”Several experts agreed with Wheatcroft in media reports published after the shooting.On the national level, she said Congress should enact a policy of expanded background checks for those wishing to purchase guns. last_img read more

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