How gun laws have changed since the 1991 fatal shooting at the University of Iowa

How gun laws have changed since the 1991 fatal shooting at the University of Iowa

After the fatal shooting at the University of Iowa in 1991, legislators said the incident would not limit gun access. Thirty years later, their predictions ring true. Thirty years ago, local legislators said that the fatal shooting at the University of Iowa was not going to affect gun legislation in the state — and they were right, to some extent. Due to a strong history of hunting and Iowa legislators’ priorities of strengthening the Second Amendment, gun regulations in the state are looser than they were in 1991. Ron Corbett, a Republican from Cedar Rapids, is a former state representative who served from 1987 to 2001. He said that immediately after the Nov. 1, 1991 shooting — in which UI doctoral student Gang Lu killed five people and injured one in a shooting spree on campus — there was a call for increased gun regulations because everyone was asking themselves, “What could have been done?” “I think history would show that the memory of the event starts to fade and issues that were being promised by elected officials to change run into reality and changes don’t get made,” Corbett said. In the coverage from The Daily Iowan immediately following the shooting, Corbett was one of the five state legislators featured who predicted that the event would not change anything about Iowa’s gun regulations. “I think it will make people more open to gun control, but I can’t say it will change people because the individual was obviously unstable. If […]

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