Iowa doesn’t need a gun amendment

Iowa doesn't need a gun amendment

Bruce Lear : The constitutional amendment Iowans will vote on in November goes much further than the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I love the movie Tombstone , featuring Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday, Sam Elliot as Virgil, and Bill Paxton as Morgan. It’s a little shorter than Kevin Costner’s 3 hour plus marathon Earp , released a few months later. Tombstone came out in 1993, but it’s still a good watch even for the fifth time. It’s also relevant now, because the U.S. Supreme Court recently expanded gun rights, and this November, Iowans will be asked to enshrine guns into our state’s constitution. There’s a scene in the movie where the Earp brothers as marshals of Tombstone post a sign requiring guns be surrendered before entering town. One cowboy won’t comply, so Virgil clubs him with the butt of his gun and takes the firearm from a bleeding, unconscious cowboy. In 1881, even though Tombstone was part of a somewhat lawless west, the Earp brothers understood something six present-day Supreme Court justices don’t. They understood that adding unlimited guns to a crowded, volatile, town would make it even wilder and more dangerous. That’s exactly what could happen to New York City now because of the Court’s ruling saying there needs to be no compelling reason for carrying a firearm. I’ve noticed that hard-right gun lovers never seem to quote the whole Second Amendment when they are busy celebrating its glory. They leave […]

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