“Most people in Iowa don’t even know it’s on the books.” Nathan Gibson reckons that Iowa’s prohibition against kids under 14 touching handguns flies under most gun owners’ radar. Hence the bill currently wending its way through the state House that would allow them to plink while under adult supervision. And as day follows night, the perpetually aggrieved and outraged are, well, outraged at the prospect of Gramps teaching little Timmy how to hit a Coke can at five paces with a Mark III . . .
“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 earlier this week, according to CBS-affiliate KCCI.
“We do not need a militia of toddlers.”
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 also use handguns under direct supervision from a parent or legal guardian.
Highfill figures it’s part of responsible firearms education…teaching kids to handle guns safely, ultimately saving children’s lives.
“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.”
But don’t try that gun safety argument on the forces of statist control. They’ll always find a bloody shirt to pick up.
During the debates earlier this week, state Rep. Mary Mascher (D) brought up the case of a 9-year-old girl in Arizona who accidentally shot and killed her shooting range instructor with an Uzi.
“Unfortunately the instructor and the parents made the wrong decision and someone died,” she said, according to Iowa Public Radio. “Every three hours in this country a child dies from gun violence.”
Never mind that most of those “children” in the statistic Mascher cites are gang bangers as old as 24. And don’t confuse a hoplophobic harridan with facts when she’s on a roll. Still, it makes you wonder why she’d oppose a bill designed to instill safe gun handling practices in children. It’s almost as if keeping saving kids’ lives isn’t her real objective.