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Old 01-23-2011, 10:48 PM   #61
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I have had a CCW Permit issued under six different sheriffs here in eastern Iowa dating back to 1968. The very word "permit" implies "government granting permission" to do something. Iowa is one of several states that do not have a '2nd Amendment' written into their state constitutions, so I have never had a serious objection to the procedure as long as I was not denied.

Last year saw a successful effort in our state legislature to make Iowa a "Shall Issue" state, whereas before 99 sheriffs in 99 separate counties had 99 diverse permitting procedures resulting in a 'may issue' environment, which could not be recognized by many other states for reciprocity.

In writing the law, our legislators also made it open/concealed carry optional. Most people and the left-wingbat media do not understand that the purpose was to prevent revocation of the permit and confiscation of the firearm from a permitee who accidentally allowed their weapon to "peek" out from the place of concealment and were reported by some nervous Nellie to law enforcement. Consequently, last fall before the law's January 1, 2011 effective date, bleating sheep in the public and media were crying and wringing their hands with predictions of people openly carrying shotguns and pistols in public, followed by a spate of O K Corral-type shootouts. Of course, none of this has or will happen.

Those of us who have had to qualify on the range for permits in the past, and who understand that in a life and death scenario you are only HALF AS GOOD as on your BEST day at the range, are also somewhat nervous about the new law's lack of a range qualification requirement. It's all about the mindset of the individual, his recognition of his responsibility for what happens when he turns a round loose and the importance of hitting that at which you are aiming.

New initiatives in our legislature this session to fine tune the law and to propose a Constitutional amendment to protect our right to keep and bear arms are in the works. At the same time, municipalities statewide are considering ordinances to restrict our right to carry on public property, and a state Attorney General's opinion states that business owners can ask you to leave (subject to being arrested for trespassing if you refuse) if you are carrying on their private property. To these people, all guns are bad unless they are in the hands of government and law enforcement. That is the position of government and must be resisted and reversed through education. It is similar to hanging a sign on your front door that reads, "GUN FREE ZONE". Criminals don't care about laws or postings, or private rights.

The mindset of the carrier of weapons to which I referred earlier has to fall into one of three categories: (1) Sheep, (2) Wolf, (3) Sheepdog. A Sheep doesn't want to have anything to do with guns and has a victim mindset. The Wolf is always around to take advantage of the Sheep's mindset - even kill him. The sheepdog recognizes the presence of Wolves and an obligation to protect the Sheep by carrying a gun. By denying the Sheepdog his right to carry a weapon near them, the Sheep give the Wolves the advantage.

We will see if common sense will prevail in Iowa and elsewhere.
"The trouble with common sense today is that it isn't as common as it used to be." - Will Rogers

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