Democrats in the Iowa House have fled the Iowa Capitol in protest of two bills that deal with Second Amendment issues. House Democrats claim that they were not given proper notice that the bills would be debated today. However, Republican Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer told the Des Moines Register, “Every member knows that anything that comes out of committee and is placed on the calendar is eligible.”
The two bills that were put on the docket to be debated today are issues that most Iowans would agree with. The first bill is a constitutional amendment that would guarantee Iowans the right to keep and bear arms. Unlike the U.S. Constitution, Iowa’s constitution doesn’t include gun rights. The issue is non-confrontational and would require to be passed in both chambers this session and in the next General Assembly before being put on the ballot for ratification by the people of Iowa.
The second bill changes the state’s “reasonable force” law. It would allow someone to use deadly force against an individual who is committing a violent felony if they are being threatened to killed or cause serious injury.
The cowardly antics of the House Democrats should come as no surprise. Two years ago they forced the public out of the House Chamber during a public hearing on a major tax increase. Now that they are out of control they not only flee the chamber when they don’t want to cast a vote, but they also flee from their responsibility of representing their constituents.
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