In January of 2011 Iowa became a “shall issue” State in regards to citizens being able to defend themselves with a weapon. Up until then it had been left to the whims of Sheriffs like Fitzgerald in Story County and his counterparts in other liberal enclaves like Polk and Johnson Counties. Needless to say, the citizens were left defenseless.
I believe there was an explosion of citizens carrying handguns in Iowa. But I don’t know. In 15 months it will have been a decade. 10 years is a good number to compare crime stats from previous decades. At the time of the change there was the expected “the sky is falling” response from Iowa’s media bigshot, the Des Moines Register. I am not kidding, they predicted shootouts in restaurants over tables. Pitched gun battles in parking lots over the preferred stall.
I’m serious. They predicted all manner of calamity with citizens allowed to practice their natural right of self-protection. From what I can tell, none of that happened. But I also know I have no idea what happened to other relevant stats. Crime rates, homicide rates, accidental shootings and a host of others. Why rely on conjecture and slander? Let’s have at it. What do the facts show?
I’m afraid I don’t know how well this has been covered by local media. I had my “walkaway” moment from them about 3 1/2 years ago. I’ll have to pursue this through a couple of Iowa gun rights organizations.