More Gun Law LUNACY

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,

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but this week that group of human beings entitled to possess, and use, firearms, took a couple of turns that defy any semblance of logic. Thank you, Iowa, and thank you, Florida.

You may remember an incident in Florida back in 2012 where a blind man, John Wayne Rogers, was arrested and prosecuted for using a .308 Remington assault riffle to shoot and kill a “drinking
buddy”, James T. DeWitt, from a distance of about 18 inches. Well, in 2014 the case went to trial in Seminole County, FL, and Rogers was granted immunity from prosecution and had his case dismissed by Judge John Galluzo, based on the infamous “Stand Your Ground” defense, Florida’s James Bond-esque “License to Kill” law. For the record, it was not Rogers’ first such shooting incident – he had previously served probation (?Really, Probation?) for firing 15 rounds at a cousin, but he was allowed to enter a guilty plea to the ridiculous charge of the unlawfully displaying of a firearm. And, he also once did actual jail time, 71 days, for punching a women in a domestic abuse incident.

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

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incident, with that second one resulting in a DEATH, Florida law REQUIRED that his weapons of death destruction be returned to him.

And then there is Iowa, where the state House of Representatives this past week voted 62-36 to allow children 14 years of age AND YOUNGER to possess
pistols, revolvers, and ammunition. Why just handguns? That’s because existing Iowa law already says kids one, two, three years old and up to 14 CAN use rifles and shotguns.

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.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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