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Iowa Bills Would Expand Gun Freedoms ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Greg McDonald

Posted on 02/09/2012 8:35:18 AM PST by marktwain

Iowa lawmakers are considering several bills aimed at enhancing gun rights, but critics say some of the measures are “pro-criminal” and will lead to more violence. According to the Des Moines Register, multiple bills have been introduced this year, ranging from one that would amend the state constitution to effectively eliminate all gun regulations to another that would “permit a shoot-to-kill response by anyone who believes he’s being threatened with death or serious injury by another person.”

The Register reported Wednesday that advocates for changes to the state’s current gun laws believe most of the bills are necessary to protect the right to bear arms guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

But critics say many of the bills threaten public safety and if enacted into law would “encourage vigilante behavior.”

“It’s just a pro-criminal bill,” Polk County Attorney John Sarcone, told the Register, referring to the shoot-to-kill measure that would allow the use of deadly force against a perceived threat. “You know what it does? It will lead to an escalation of violence, not a reduction in violence. I think this bill will kick women and children back into the shadows.”

Some of the other bills under consideration would prohibit local city and county governments — and even the Iowa State Fair — from prohibiting the carrying of guns in public places or on government property, the Register noted.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: banglist; constitution; gun; ia
Those with the least physical strength gain the most from being able to access firearms.
1 posted on 02/09/2012 8:35:22 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain
The Register and Sarcone wailed about the “shall issue” issue when it passed the legislature. “Kick women and children back into the shadows,” is a ridiculous claim.
2 posted on 02/09/2012 8:46:22 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: marktwain

Just die quietly, don’t ask too many questions, seems to be the policy of the self-loathing. What’s astonishing is those whose policies contribute to the rapid disintegration of civilization are so intent on denying the rest of us to even exercise that most basic of human right - self defense. Up is down, wrong is right - the patholigization of all that is normal and wholesome.

3 posted on 02/09/2012 8:48:05 AM PST by Freedom4US
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To: Freedom4US

There is a school of thought that says if you resist a crimminal you will die. At times, maybe so. But I will make sure they know I won’t go quietly.

4 posted on 02/09/2012 3:01:15 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: redgolum

Yes - at times.

However modern sensibilities admonish everyone ALWAYS to comply, don’t resist, give them what they want. Naturally, a one-size-fits-all approach is never a good answer, particularly in a life or death situation.

Further, the cultivation of such sentiments as a public policy only emboldens lawbreakers who see easier prey. Criminalizing self defense
is wickedness codified.

5 posted on 02/09/2012 3:31:41 PM PST by Freedom4US
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