I’ve gotten all sorts of emails from folks all over Iowa asking me to help add a “2nd Amendment” to the Iowa Constitution, because right now, it’s not in there. And I am in full agreement with the 2nd Amendment, and I would like to see it in the Iowa Constitution, so I was happy and proud to be able to vote YES on House Joint Resolution 2009 when it ran in the House Public Safety Committee — it basically allows an amendment to be added to the Iowa Constitution almost identical in wording to the 2nd Amendment. So Iowa would have a “2nd Amendment” of our own in our state constitution. That’s a good thing.
But…. tonight the full House is voting on HJR 2009, and while I’m sure that all of us would vote yes on the bill in its current form, unfortunately some legislators are attempting to change the bill in such a way that if the constitutional amendment proposed in their version eventually became law, it would arguably make almost any type of restrictions on firearms unconstitutional …. no one could be required to obtain hunting licenses, and people could carry their firearms wherever they wanted, concealed or not, without a permit; and it’s questionable whether people could still be charged with crimes involving firearms.
That’s not what the federal constitution’s 2nd amendment was intended to do, and if the proposed amendment did somehow become part of our state constitution, it would make Iowa a more dangerous state to live in. And if HJR 2009 goes over to the Senate in the extreme, unreasonable form being proposed by some House members, instead of in the more reasonable form in which it was passed out of the Public Safety committee, the Senate will kill the bill. Period. Because some people decided that if they can’t have everything they want, they’d rather have nothing at all. Which is fine, but make no mistake — I voted to put the 2nd Amendment into the Iowa Constitution once, and I’d do it again, but apparently I’m not going to have that chance, and neither will the people of Iowa, because some people don’t understand the meaning of compromise.