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Catholic Church calls for knife control

Catholic Church calls for knife controlClergy members want the British Parliament to ban pointed kitchen knives. Author: Dale Greenstein October 7, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gun-control.

It’s a topic that triggers countless political showdowns -- and high-powered, dinner table debates -- here in the United States, but in the United Kingdom, a sharp conversation over knife-control is cutting through the country.

Yes, you read that right -- knife-control.

Here’s why:

In Great Britain, like in most of the developed world, gun violence simply is not a very big problem, but knife crimes are on the rise. According to an Oct. 3 report from the British Parliament, in 2017 and 2018, 285 people were killed with knives and other "sharp instruments". That was 34 percent more than the two years prior.

Overview of the increase in knife homicide rates in the United Kingdom.
Now, British lawmakers are facing pressure to act, and the push is coming from a somewhat unlikely source -- the Roman …

Long Island Catholic hospitals gearing up to train, arm security officers

Hospitals nationally, along with school districts, places of worship and local governments, have taken steps to increase security that include hiring armed security officers and installing security cameras.
Security officers stand at their post at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset on July 10.

Northwell expects to have armed guards in all its 13 Long Island hospitals within the next several months. Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr. By Nicholas Spangler and David Olsonnicholas.spangler@newsday.com, david.olson@newsday.com @spanglernewsday
Updated March 3, 2019 6:00 AM Armed security officers could patrol six Catholic Health Services hospitals across Long Island and NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola this year, joining armed officers deploying or already deployed at Stony Brook University Hospital and most of Northwell Health's 13 LI hospitals, officials at the health systems said.

Nationally and on Long Island in recent years, hospi…