Rekha Basu’s Blizzard of Misinformation on Stand Your Ground and the Gun Lobby’s ‘Cynical Manipulation’ of Elected Officials

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One of the best results of last week’s midterms — coming out of Florida, no less — was the election to the U.S. House of 25-year-old March for Our Lives organizer Maxwell Alejandro Frost, an advocate for better gun safety-regulations.

One of the worst was the decisive passage, via what some call deceptive wording, of a statewide constitutional amendment giving Iowans an even stronger right “to keep and bear arms” than the Second Amendment already does. It was approved by 65% of Iowa voters. …

But Iowa’s passage of the gun-rights amendment is the opposite of what we need to make our state safer. The gun lobby’s cynical manipulation of elected officials through financing of political campaign has turned Iowa into a state where the ruling majority apparently won’t rest until it has stripped every reasonable restriction on owning, buying or carrying a gun. The “strict scrutiny” standard for gun rights being added to our constitution requires any restrictions on gun rights to be narrowly tailored to achieve a compelling state interest. The new passage says, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iowa affirms and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right. Any and all restrictions of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.” …

And our status as a “stand your ground” state means you don’t have to feel threatened before firing your weapon in public. And the state can punish a city or town for adopting its own gun safety policies.

— Rekha Basu in Rekha Basu: Iowa, Already One of the Worst States on Guns, Got Worse With Amendment Passage



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