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David Bellavia - Perspective on Fort Hood Shooting

Apr 4, 2014|

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    With the New York governor debate is tonight in buffalo joining us on the WB and lifeline Camelot that with the New York Daily News he's the Albany bureau chief Ken good morning. Good morning set the stage for us what you think we're in for tonight with this. Hook I think we're gonna see a little bit of fireworks perhaps it's not going to be. As good as the one on one debate we've got to two main candidates Governor Cuomo and Republican run that story you know but we also have. My the party candidates at the insistence of the governor of Green Party candidate Howard Hawkins and libertarian. Michael McDermott which I defy you to find some of them even heard of Michael Mick and. Can what you expected and to be the main issue tonight. Do you think it might be the way the governor dealt with a Moreland commission or fracking or what do you think. I think it's going to be all of that I think yeah this is the shot barrage that's still Leno he's hit Cuomo. On the economy he says Cuomo on the moral and commission and the handling of the leak. Subsequent investigation by the federal of the US attorney. Hydro fracking obviously is the big issue so I think depending on who's talking Sally Hawkins is gonna hit the governor. I'm. I don't backing because Hawkins as opposed to whether he says that you know you can take up the fact of the governor's. Office apparently pushed for changes in the study that was done about Hydro fracking. Absolutely you know cut the truth Q parties got it on the attack. Against the governor of the first kind of well you know they'll be in the same Blake got together but on the other hand. He's got to show who he is and what he's gonna do you have to put out an affirmative. Affirmative platform of the don't. Are as Governor Cuomo he's right now according to Siena holding a twenty point lead here over history in Graham. Governor global got to do is make no mistakes he he can't pull up he can't look like he's forty can't look like. He's. And your beliefs and stage he's gonna have to. Talk about his record which I'm sure he's gonna do and contrast to himself that he's been doing. With the rob actually know who he calls an ultra conservative. The debate being from buffalo I am pretty sure he's also gonna talk about. The buffalo billions something my best to win those criticized and all the new construction going on. And I can you mentioned a hallway Hawkins and we'll stand on the Hydro fracking. What do you suppose is minor candidates. Might say otherwise you know we know that they're going to be asked to. Respond to specific issues but there's always a chance they're gonna pump their own agenda. Little by helicopter in the big thing is Hydro fracking I think that's going to be is his big point. And the reality is about how he Hawkins lucky poles with 9% that's. Hawkins has the potential to do more damage to Cuomo's. Ultimate result then even after Reno at school I was consistently polling at about 33% which is really the normal Republican kind of should turn out that the base Republican support. But the government wanted to be more international purposes and also he wanted to probably top the father who got about 64%. When he ran for reelection in 86. But you'll have to Hawkins gets 910%. 8%. That drags the governor down just don't have a big win over west Toledo but it dragged for governor into the mid to low fifties and that's something he doesn't want. So they could actually play spoiler in a way. While spoiler to the point that the governor you know don't get the margin or the percentage of victory you want to certainly. We all polls show he's up by at least 20% in debt so we'll have a big wins but it may not be so hyper when he wants. This is the only debate of the season. Yeah rather Bruno has been pushing that issue he has wanted a series of regional one on one debate. He also what I had wanted at least one televise a televised one on one debate the governor refused he had offered up doing ache. One on one radio debates prior to ask enough good noted that. You would think he would have taken a given his word is in the polls and how far is and fundraising. And taken it in the bill passed and governor brewer. NAFTA and the one on one televised debate but he duty said he wouldn't do the one on the radio. Ken thanks for joining us this morning appreciate it. Bureau aren't that's Ken Lovett he's the Albany bureau chief for the New York Daily News.


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Let's talk about this week's Fort Hood shooting with decorated Iraq War veteran David bella via who's in studio David great to see. Hey thanks -- I appreciate so many questions with since the motive still unclear we know the gunman was taking medication. He had been getting assistance for what he called mental and behavioral issues. Also he was being evaluated for a but not diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder what are some of the first things that are that come to mind for you. Yes well there's a couple of a red flag right off the bat. That there's always exceptions to the rule but nine times out of ten. When you get the diagnosis of me and anxiety and stress. It usually is an alternative to the posttraumatic stress diagnosis. So whether or not this individual. Was cleared of post and they simulate. Because of York and he served four months in Iraq he was basically driving a truck out of Iraq. They determined he wasn't in combat zone that's normally an alternative diagnosis. The same things he also applied for traumatic brain injury. And traumatic brain injury he wasn't involved and I AD and he didn't have a brain injury so. There might be some some issues with this guy in in terms of you know what did he really wanna stay in the military didn't wanna get out of the military. But again ever once speculating but those two things anxiety and stress. If they would've put it it's from those two diagnosis are not gonna put you into a a funnel of potential. You know individuals -- And so I don't think especially for -- of all places they're gonna be hyper vigilant. Of anything that's out of the ordinary because they don't want a repeat what happened last time. So I think that we have to just kind of allow this thing the investigation go further and see what if anything they could have done. You know to -- to prevent this. But yesterday we talked with a military consultant from CBS and we asked them about this latest incident in which followed. The of the incident four years ago. With the Nadal Hasan. And they disagree is that you know this base is so big it's almost impossible to have the kind of security that they would like to have. Because they wanted to secure that base to make sure that something like this didn't happen again. But it did the guy went off base wanna go on and then. Just walk back onto the base with the gun so there is no -- Early at those gates and we think -- there's security but at the same time these 82000. Troops and lived there. And worked there you know we get upset with TSA. When they won't let us take -- you know coffee -- Who do idle -- 82000 troops you can only search every tenth car. You know everyone's going to be late otherwise it got to go two hours early and these guys are waking up. They're basically have your shift in military -- and I mean there there up at 5 in the morning and and running PT and everything. 360. Square miles is the size of Fort Hood the largest base. In the continental United States. You know that I mean. In the ninety's a federal law was passed that prohibited military personnel from carrying concealed firearms. On base I'm sure -- gonna be a debate. About repealing that allowing -- to think about this. Every day these young men and women carry live grenades and bullets and rifles and machine guns and rockets. It's it's an 82 amendment. You know protesters nightmare what we do to combat zone and how many reported cases do we have a soldier on soldier violence in Iraq and Afghanistan. You know it is an incredible marvel to the discipline and the professionalism of military. And when these situations happen why can't we trust. These military personnel to defend themselves. It the other million talk about how big Fort Hood is there's only five military police precincts in that entire base. You know that's how many actually be an. And we still had a female and two you know practices -- Second Amendment that you and I can in the streets of buffalo.

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