Canadian peacekeepers will play a strong and effective role globally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday despite concerns Ottawa may be wavering on its promises.
Trudeau didn t dispute that report Saturday insisting Canada remains committed to its international obligations. We continue to look very carefully at ways to move forward on a strong commitment we made on peacekeeping, which was
Unless the Legislature makes a change, community mental health centers across Kansas will have to allow patients and staff to bring their guns starting in July. A 2013 state law requires most publicly owned buildings to allow concealed weapons or to install metal detectors and post armed guards. The law included a four-year exemption for community mental health centers, universities, publicly owned medical facilities, nursing homes and low-income health clinics that ends July 1. The Senate Ways and Means Committee had a hearing Thursday on a bill that would make the some exemptions permanent, however. Senate Bill 235 would continue the exemption for medical facilities, including the University of Kansas Hospital, but not college campuses.
Tim DeWeese, director of the Johnson County Mental Health Center, said he hopes lawmakers decide to continue the exemption for community mental health centers. He estimated it would cost millions to secure the center s four buildings.
There s just no way we can take that much money away from services, he said. The mental health center already trains its employees to recognize and respond to signs of danger in case a patient decides to break the rules and bring a weapon, DeWeese said. Still, he worries that if more people bring guns, the odds of a violent incident will go up.
With it being legal to do so, you re going to see an increase in people bringing guns, he said.
How To Afford Added Security?
Brett Hildabrand, a former legislator who lobbies on behalf of the Kansas State Rifle Association, told the committee it would be na ve to assume patients already aren t bringing guns into hospitals or mental health treatment facilities.
We believe the facility should provide adequate security or allow individuals to feel secure by carrying their own handguns, he said. Most community mental health centers don t have extra money for the added security measures, said Colin Thomasset, associate director of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas. The state has cut its base grant to the 26 centers by 70 percent since fiscal year 2007, he said in written testimony to the committee.
Bill Persinger, CEO of Valeo Behavioral Health Care in Topeka, estimated installing metal detectors and hiring at least one guard for each of Valeo s nine facilities would be cost-prohibitive, with expenses running to at least half a million dollars.
There s no place for a gun in a mental health facility, he said. The committee has yet to vote on the bill, which if approved would go to the full Senate.
State Hospital Estimates Lowered
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services didn t take a position on SB 235, but KDADS staff said installing metal detectors and hiring guards for the state s four facilities would cost more than $11 million. A previous estimate put the costs at more than $25 million. Amy Penrod, director of finance and budget at KDADS, said the department calculated the lower cost based on securing only buildings where patients congregate and allowing a single entrance to those buildings. The estimate would go up if the facilities, which currently use unarmed security staff, have to retrain them to carry guns, she said.
Kimberly Lynch, KDADS chief counsel, said the department has concerns that patients at Osawatomie or Larned state hospital could take a gun from a visitor. Adding guards and metal detectors also could be a problem at Kansas Neurological Institute and Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, which house people with severe developmental disabilities, she said.
These are their homes. They live there, she said.
SB 235 is at least the fourth bill introduced this session that relates to the concealed carry law. A bill to permanently exempt only community mental health centers from the concealed carry law has yet to get a hearing, making it unlikely it could advance. A second bill exempting KU Medical Center failed in a committee vote, and a third bill, which would have extended all of the exemptions indefinitely, didn t come up for a vote.
Meg Wingerter is a reporter for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, Kansas Public Radio and KMUW covering health, education and politics in Kansas. You can reach her on Twitter @MegWingerter. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to kcur.org.
- ^ Senate Bill 235 (kslegislature.org)
- ^ state has cut its base grant (kcur.org)
- ^ 26 centers (www.acmhck.org)
- ^ more than $25 million (kcur.org)
- ^ permanently exempt only community mental health centers (kslegislature.org)
- ^ extended all of the exemptions indefinitely (www.kslegislature.org)
- ^ @MegWingerter (twitter.com)
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Jihadi broke into Parliament as gates opened for a car carrying the Metropolitan Police’s Acting Commissioner
KHALID Masood broke into Parliament as gates opened for a car carrying Met Police Acting Commissioner Craig Mackey. The chief watched helpless in horror as the knifeman ran past his Range Rover waiting to go through Carriage Gates from the Commons.
Craig Mackey watched in horror as the jihadi ran past his Range Rover armed with a knife
PC Keith Palmer and another unarmed colleague challenged the jihadi while armed colleagues supposed to be behind them were apparently elsewhere. Burly Masood shrugged Pc Palmer s colleague off before repeatedly stabbing him in the neck and armpit leaving his stab-proof vest useless to protect him.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon s two Met Police close protection officers were sitting in a Land Rover in New Palace Yard and were alerted by shouts.
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They opened fire on the knifeman, hitting him with three bullets. Masood was a short distance from an entrance the Commons chamber where MPs were voting on pensions. A Cabinet Brexit meeting was also taking place as the heart of British democracy came under attack.
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An urgent review of security was carried out in the wake of the incident which began at 2.40pm on Wednesday when Masood ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two members of the public and injuring at least 40. The thick-set attacker, clad in black, smashed his rented Hyundai 4×4 into railings at the side of Parliament on Bridge Street. Wielding two large knives, he then ran 30 yards round the corner to the ornamental Carriage Gates allowing MP s vehicle access to the underground car park but banned to the public from entering.
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The Sun can reveal how the left hand gate was open at the time to allow Acting Commissioner Mackey s official car out of the Palace of Westminster after he had attended a security meeting there. One source said : It was incredible timing and very bad luck that the gates were opened just at that moment.
He ran into New Palace Yard as the acting commissioner was sitting there in his car looking on.
He was then challenged by Pc Palmer and a colleague but two armed officers who were supposed to be there were not in position.
It is thought that their attention may have been diverted by the noise of the car crashing and people yelling in panic. Acting Commissioner Mackey is being treated as a significant witness and therefore cannot take any direct role in the investigation.
The Met s response to the attack is being handled by acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley and Assistant Commissioner Pat Gallan.
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An immediate security review carried out into the horror will be followed by a major scrutiny of protection at all Government buildings and potential targets. Questions were raised about the failure of armed police supposed to have been on guard at Carriage Gates to prevent Masood entering Parliament. Commons authorities are said to have been aware the Carriage Gates entrance was a “weak” spot following a previous security breach.
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