Archive for December 19th, 2012

States’ Response To Health Emergencies Analyzed

How prepared is your state for major health emergencies?

From a press release issued earlier today by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF):

In the 10th annual Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report, 35 states and Washington, D.C. scored a six or lower on 10 key indicators of public health preparedness.

The report, issued by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), found that while there has been significant progress toward improving public health preparedness over the past 10 years, particularly in core capabilities, there continue to be persistent gaps in the country’s ability to respond to health emergencies, ranging from bioterrorist threats to serious disease outbreaks to extreme weather events.

In the report, Kansas and Montana scored lowest—three out of 10—and Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Vermont and Wisconsin scored highest—eight out of 10…

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“There continue to be persistent gaps in the country’s ability to respond to health emergencies, ranging from bioterrorist threats to serious disease outbreaks to extreme weather events.”

I’m not surprised. Just one more reason preparedness makes an awful lot of sense these days.

Illinois, where I currently live, received a score of 5 out of 10 possible points in the report.

Boo!

Wisconsin, where I’m planning on moving to down the road, received 8 out of a possible 10 points (as noted in the report).

Nice.

You can read Ready or Not? in its entirety here on the RWJF website or here on the TFAH site.

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U.S. House Voting On ‘High-Capacity’ Ammunition Magazine Ban Friday?

Well that was fast. Patricia Zengerle reported on the Reuters website earlier today:

Democratic legislators said on Wednesday they had seen a groundswell of opposition to the continued sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines and pushed Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote to ban them this week.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats called for a vote on Friday at a news conference announcing a new Gun Control Task Force that was attended by more than two dozen House Democrats.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

This latest proposed firearm-related ban comes as President Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to vote on banning the sale of “assault weapons” and requiring background checks before any firearm sale. Philip Rucker and Scott Wilson reported on the Washington Post website tonight:

The potential gun-control measures, which will be the focus of a working group led by Vice President Biden, mark the most specific proposals to date from Obama to deal with what he called a gun violence epidemic plaguing the United States.

The move pleased gun-control advocates and many Democrats who have been disappointed with Obama’s inaction on the issue during his first term…

Obama told reporters at the White House that he expected the group, which will feature key Cabinet secretaries, to bring him recommendations in January. He said he intends to discuss the issue in his State of the Union address.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Regarding these “high-capacity” magazines and “Obama’s inaction,” this brings to mind a piece from the same media outlet in which Jason Horowitz reported on April 11, 2011:

On March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady, who sustained a debilitating head wound in the attack, and his wife, Sarah, came to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on the controversial “large magazines.” Brady, for whom the law requiring background checks on handgun purchasers is named, then met with White House press secretary Jay Carney. During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said.

“I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”

Not only are Obama and many of his fellow Democrats now working out in the open these days towards more gun “control” in America. They own this baby now.

Sources:

Zengerle, Patricia. “Democrats push for vote on high-capacity ammunition.” Reuters. 19 Dec. 2012. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/us-usa-shooting-connecticut-congress-idUSBRE8BI1AA20121219). 19 Dec. 2012.

Rucker, Philip and Wilson, Scott. “Obama calls on Congress to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines.” Washington Post. 19 Dec. 2012. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-launches-gun-violence-task-force/2012/12/19/90ff2d52-49f9-11e2-b6f0-e851e741d196_story.html). 19 Dec. 2012.

Horowitz, Jason. “Over a barrel? Meet White House gun policy adviser Steve Croley.” Washington Post. 11 Apr. 2011. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/over-a-barrel-meet-white-house-gun-policy-adviser-steve-croley/2011/04/04/AFt9EKND_story.html). 19 Dec. 2012.

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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Slams Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel On Crime

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared on the Charlie Rose show this past Monday, and while discussing last week’s shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, the outspoken gun ‘control’ advocate told viewers:

There are some cities, they’ve hired counselors to go out and work with gangs. One mayor said, don’t do your stuff on the streets, you gangs, do it in the back alleys. I mean, those cities, their crime rate is through the roof. Ours is down 20 percent this year, our murder rate.

Ouch.

Local readers of Survival And Prosperity can probably figure out that Mayor Bloomberg was referring to the City of Chicago’s partnership with the anti-violence group CeaseFire, and Mayor Emanuel’s warning to Chicago gangbangers to “take your stuff away to the alley” this past July, with that statement.

I can’t help but wonder if someone’s going to be getting a dead fish in the mail soon.

You can watch Mayor Bloomberg’s criticism here (starting at 10:54) on the Charlie Rose website.

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