Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What could possibly go wrong?

“What this bill does, the bill before us, allows for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds to operate handguns." — Iowa State Representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt

TWO THINGS are true in regard to this post; the first is that the bill discussed below that passed the Iowa House today, and other attempts by right-wing Republicans to drag the state of Iowa straight into the 1850's, goes way past disappointing all the way to lunacy; the second is that I'm doing a pretty lousy job of keeping on top of what's happening in my own state. 


I've been coming to terms bit by bit with the realization that large parts of the country are completely nuts, but I'm having a hard time grappling with the fact that my own home state is there amongst 'em.


Friend Liz Neff, who lives in California and knows more about what's going on here than I do — at least she did on this day — alerted me to what happened today about nine blocks from my office.


I think I'll blog about cats tomorrow, cuz' this makes my head hurt.


The article she sent me from the Daily Kos follows, and below it is a brief item from ABC News that is unfortunately kinda just another average day in the USA.




Iowa's House of Representatives just voted to allow children the right to possess a handgun


By Walter Einenkel  

February 24, 2016

Iowa’s House of Representatives voted 62-36 to allow children the right to possess “a pistol, revolver or the ammunition,” with parental supervision of course—what are we, animals?


The bill — which was debated among other gun proposals and is now headed to the Iowa Senate — has been a polarizing issue.


“What this bill does, the bill before us, allows for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds to operate handguns,” State Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D) said, according to CBS-affiliate KCCI. “We do not need a militia of toddlers.”


When ISIS comes to Iowa, trying to behead ears of corn, you’ll be thanking Republican patriots like state Rep. Jake Highfill.


State Rep. Jake Highfill (R) said the new bill, which passed 62-36, “brings the code in line with long guns and shotguns” by allowing children to possess a firearm under direct supervision from a parent or legal guardian.


“Allowing people to learn at a young age the respect that a gun commands is one of the most important things you can do,” Highfill told The Washington Post. The alternative, he said, is “turning 18 with no experience.”


To be fair to Republicans, kids under 14 are already allowed to possess long guns or shotguns. State Rep. Highfill wants to give the power of death back to the parents of Iowa, where it belongs.


“It returns the power back to where it belongs -- back in the hands of the parents to make the decisions they are entitled to do instead of the government,” Highfill said.


Besides the fact that we all know parents with guns are responsible people one hundred percent of the time, there is the wisdom that every parent of young children (or teenage children for that matter) knows—young children are masters of their inner emotional states, always in control of their impulses and anger. 


Michigan 3-Year-Old Shoots Mother in the Head


By The Associated Press

February 20, 2016

Police say a 3-year-old Michigan boy accidentally shot his mother in the head but she is expected to survive.


Kentwood, Michigan police told the Grand Rapids Press that the woman was shot in the back of the head. She was conscious and talking with first responders at the scene.

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