Iowa Dems walk out of legislature over pro-gun measures
Story here. Neither measure seems particularly controversial. One would insert language from the Second Amendment into the State constitution; the other would essentially remove a retreat requirement from self-defense law (bringing Iowa into line with the majority of States).
Thanks to reader Jim K.....
It is evil for laws to be snuck through. I won't condone it even when I like the law.
Posted by: Critic at February 29, 2012 12:03 PM
Nothing's being snuck through in this case...the Iowa Dems are aware of the law and have chosen to neither listen to the debate nor try to influence the outcome...if they have a quorum, the pro gun folks should proceed...
That kind of sneaking out to stop the process tactic is even more reprehensible than calling a midnight session to vote ObamaCare in using reconciliation rules that did not apply...and the Republicans should have invoked every point of order to delay and harass that process.
Posted by: kalashnikat at February 29, 2012 03:10 PM
I'll say it again, every time the Repubs or any other pro-gunner get in front of a mic they should be noting that neither of these proposals are novel or untested and they are the law already in the majority of states with no problems to show for them.
They should then finish by asking why the Dems think that Iowans, their own constituents and neighbors, are less trustworthy and responsible than the people in the state next door.
Take charge of the narrative and stop playing defense trying to justify a right, make the other guy explain why the citizenry don't deserve it.
Posted by: Matthew Carberry at February 29, 2012 06:56 PM
Democrats are surely not earning their name. No wonder people are buying firearms at a record pace.
It's not unclear what Democrats would do if they could.
Posted by: Harry Schell at March 1, 2012 11:38 AM
One of the states next door is Illinois...where nobody is trusted with anything in the way of a weapon...
I agree with your general point...why are Iowans less trustworthy than Dakotans, Nebraskans, Minnesotans, or Wis...nah...forget about Wisconsonites.
Posted by: kalashnikat at March 1, 2012 11:45 AM