To the Editor:
I hope the Iowa Legislature doesn’t follow the advice of our Iowa Catholic bishops calling for more restrictions on our Second Amendment rights!
Requiring a background check before every gun sale would be more government intrusion and taxpayer cost with little or no benefit. Typically that is not how criminals acquire guns.
House Joint Resolution 2009 and the “Stand Your Ground” laws serve to protect our Second Amendment freedoms at the state level and to protect individuals from lawsuits or prosecution pertaining to a legal gun incident. These are essential protections that need to stay.
I disagree with those who say that all guns are bad and that we can pass laws and the government can force evil people to conform. In my opinion, these opponents ignore the countless times that guns are used to defend the innocent or stop a crime.
I do agree that if a person is a danger to themselves or others because of mental illness or addictions that weapon restrictions would be good. But who makes that judgment? Is it constitutional? Is it for life? Does this person get to confront their accusers?