McThag presented me with the Liebster Blog award. Thank you! I don't have a speech ready yet so I'll have to get back to you on that. :) Seriously though, thank you.
I'm not sure of 5 people to pass it on to....
Iowa is trying to pass an amendment to our constitution protecting the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. It passed the House on a strict party line vote, save one. Representative Brian Quirk, a Democrat, voted with the majority to pass it. Thank you Brian! Now on to the Senate. It won't be so easy there. Representative Lance Horbach from Tama gave this speech before it was voted on in the House..
Good job, Lance!
Iowa is one of only 6 states that does not have a RKBA amendment to it's state constitution. Iowa's motto is "Our Liberties We Prize, Our Rights We Maintain." How ironic.
There is also Stand your Ground/Castle Doctrine legislation that was passed out of the House and is going on to the Senate. It's gonna be interesting to see how it goes.
The entire Democratic Caucus walked out of legislative session for 6 hours one day last week in protest of this legislation. Apparently when Democrats don't want to debate legislation that they may not like, they get up and leave. Happened in Wisconsin and Indiana recently. Wow. Way to get things done, er, I mean, "Listen here kiddies, sit down and do the job that you were elected to do! You aren't going anywhere until you've finished eating your peas and carrots".
I can only assume that the Democrats don't like it because they would prefer to give criminals more rights than law abiding citizens.
In my mind, the most important thing about the Stand your Ground/Castle Doctrine legislation is the protection it gives you after the fact if you have to use your firearm to protect yourself or others. If no charges are filed against you, or if you are adjudicated not guilty in criminal court, you cannot be sued in civil court.
"There will be blood in the streets. People will go toe to toe and use their guns to settle their arguments". Whatever. That's the same thing they said when Iowa became a "Shall Issue" state. Hasn't happened. Isn't going to happen.
Our Sheriff and several Prosecutors don't like the Stand Your Ground/Castle Doctrine legislation. In the words of our Sheriff (paraphrased) "The bangers are good liars. They will be quick to tell you that they were in fear for their life, so they shot". I can see his point. The other scenario is that the banger gets shot by the citizen. No charges are filed because it was a good shoot. The banger's family sues the citizen and wins, thereby forcing the citizen to financially support the banger's family forever while destroying the citizens life. Why should I have to pay the family of some low-life who died while trying to kill me?
Its an imperfect world that we live in.