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Legislative Update 07/31/2015

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As long as there are guns, the individual that wants a gun for a crime is going to have one and going to get it. The only person who’s going to be penalized and have difficulty is the law-abiding citizen, who then cannot have [it] if he wants protection -- the protection of a weapon in his home.

RONALD REAGAN
 


Legislative Update

Friends,

I recently asked the Governor to allow our military personnel in Iowa to be allowed to carry firearms while they conduct their duty so they can protect themselves.  In response to my request he has allowed the Adjutant General the flexibility to do just that.  I think this is a great win!  The reason cowards attack our military while they are on duty is because it is well known that our fighting men and woman cannot protect themselves from attacks from those who wish to make a name for themselves. 

Recently we have heard a lot about the 2nd Amendment in the news.  President Obama has vowed action to make our country safer against gun violence by restricting gun ownership.  I want to say wake up to some folks who agree with that sentiment.  Who is conducting gun violence?  I feel it is criminals and the criminally insane.  Since they are criminals and criminally insane people they will not simply hand over their guns, which are mostly illegal anyway.  Also, why should we take a right away from law abiding citizens, Mr. President?  These rights are guaranteed under the Bill of Rights.  Finally, to what do we have to compare our country to?  I think we can make a comparison with Israel which encourages its citizens to carry guns. 

No matter what your stance on guns, it is the criminals, the criminally insane, and cowards who are the problem, not the guns.  Yes, criminals have guns and they use them.  That does not make it right, but they are doing what criminals do and taking guns from our law abiding citizens does nothing to prevent the catastrophic events that are taking place today. 

Be very clear, taking guns away may work for the law abiding citizens because they will abide by the law.  It will not work for criminals!  So, in effect, the only people who are hurt by laws that take guns away are the good guys.  I have often heard that our country didn’t do things for convenience but rather we did them because they are the right thing.  Taking guns away from law abiding citizens is not the right thing to do because it only hurts the good guys and not the evil cowards out there who wish to instill fear and benefit from others illegally. 

Let’s look at Israel for a second.  Israel is a country where terrorism exists but where the average citizen is encouraged to carry guns.  Should we be shocked then to find that the murder rate in Israel is declining and is one of the lowest in the world? Israel has a murder rate of 2.29 murders per 100,000 people.  Contrast that with the United States where we have a murder rate of 7.5 murders per 100,000 people. 
If we look within our own country, once again, and specifically at cities such as Chicago and Washington D.C., they carry the highest murder rates in the country and also the most restrictive gun laws.  Again let’s tell some, in our country, to wake up and stop trying to infringe upon rights that are clearly spelled out in our Constitution and Bill of Rights.  There is adequate evidence that guns are clearly not the problem, criminals are.   Sincerely, 

Representative John H. Wills
 

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House Republicans are committed to these principles to produce a balanced and sustainable state budget:

  1. We will spend less than the state collects;
  2. We will not use one-time money to fund on-going needs;
  3. We will not balance the budget by intentionally underfunding programs; and
  4. We will return unused tax dollars to Iowa’s taxpayers.
The House Republican position on government spending is reasonable, sustainable and based on simple common-sense budgeting principles.
 


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