We already know that the NRA and other loud voices for the unfettered availability of firearms for whomever desires to have them, and for possessing as many as they want, includes support for allowing gun ownership by people with histories of mental problems, by people who have had restraining orders issued against them for actual or threatened violence against themselves and/or against others, by people with criminal records, and by people suspected of terrorist activities who have their names on the federal “No Fly” list,
It is interesting to note that before the judge dismissed the case, there had been testimony from a single eyewitness to the shooting, a woman who had been in the house with Rogers and DeWitt, and she testified that the shooting was unprovoked, and not in self-defense as Rogers had said. By granting Rogers immunity, the case thus ended without the jury having the opportunity to weigh the credibility of the witness and decide if Rogers had or had not acted in self-defense.
Well, the case was back in the news this past week, when it was determined that under FLORIDA law, Mr. Rogers was entitled to the return of not just his Remington Assault Rifle, but also to have returned to him a Glock handgun that had also been taken in the course of the investigation. Remember, Rogers is blind. Yet, after his second shooting
One of apparently few sensible people in Iowa’s state government, Representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt (yes, a Democrat) stated in response, that “We do not need a militia of toddlers.” Apparently such people as the bill’s sponsor, Representative Jake Highfill (yes, a republican) and the other 61 legislators who voted yes, all think that they do.
Highfill has also been quoted as saying that the new bill is “something that was needed.”
As I wrote a few days ago, in the USA, a child shoots and kills someone with a firearm on the average of once per week. Why not legalize giving handguns to one, two, and three year old kids? It’s the American thing to do.
The bill will now go to the Iowa state Senate, but there the Democrats hold a slight 26-24 majority, so there is a measure of hope that this bill will go no further.