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Archive for January 26, 2012

Iowa Legislators Need To Hear From Public

G** advocate groups and the NR* are pushing a new law in the Iowa legislature.   HF *** would make it even more ok than it already is for someone to kill someone as long as they feel threatened (even if it turns out later that they weren’t actually threatened).

The law is opposed by law enforcement who argue it will increase rather than decrease crime.

According to Lonny Pulkrabek, Johnson County Sheriff:

“The goal for shall issue was more law abiding citizens getting permits to carry. Mission accomplished. The unintended results were more non-law abiding citizens carrying weapons. Mission accomplished. Many people with criminal records are flocking in to Sheriff’s Offices to get permits.  Now the NRA and [g**] advocates are going to give the criminals a new tool.  It is called “stand your ground.”  A great way to get by with murder. Kill someone, no witnesses, therefore report to the police you felt threatened, that makes it justified now and no criminal or civil sanctions.

The legislators need to hear from people on this. The NRA will continue to put an enormous amount of pressure and $$$ into Iowa on this issue.

Tell them vote NO on stand your ground legislation. The law already gives you protection.”

According to the Des Moines Register/reasonable force opposed by law enforcement:

House File 573 is being supported by the subcommittee’s chair, Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, (whose family also happens to own a g** store).  Siding with Windschitl were fellow subcommittee member Clel Baudler, R-Greenfield, and National Rifle Association lobbyist Christopher Rager.

Polk County Attorney John Sarcone argued that domestic abusers, gang members and others, could find cover in the new law.  “Unfortunately … it’s going to increase the level of crimes,” said Steven Foritano, a bureau chief for the Polk County attorney’s office. “It’s a bill that asks for the escalation of violence and not the de-escalation of violence.”

Siding with the Polk County prosecutors in opposition to the law were police and sheriffs’ representatives, the trial attorneys’ lobby and Des Moines Rep. Rick Olson, the lone Democrat on the subcommittee.

Legislators need to hear from the public on this.

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