Every citizen in the country is fed up with the gridlock in Washington, D.C. That idea is supported by the success of the non-traditional candidates this year. Sen. Charles Grassley has had many opportunities to make a difference. Now comes one of the most important processes before our country, to hold hearings on any nomination to the Supreme Court made by the president. Grassley says he won’t let it happen till next year. As a national statesman, he has let us down. It used to be, “Grassley works”. In the past few years, it is now, “Grassley Obstructs.” You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.
J. Marshall Tormey
Iowa Republicans pass “guns for kids” bill
The Iowa House Republicans passed a bill eliminating the 14-year-old minimum age for Iowa children to possess handguns. The bill allows children of any age to lawfully possess and use a handgun with supervision from a parent or guardian. Does any rational or reasonable parent think a 2-year-old should have access to loaded handguns? Obviously, when the subject is guns, all logic is out the window. Republicans’ support for the gun advocates’ fanatic obsession with inflating the Second Amendment is shocking. Current law prohibits all persons — including a parent, guardian or spouse — younger than 14 years of age to possess a pistol, revolver or the ammunition thereof. The Republicans’ removal of that 14-year-old minimum age is a reckless disregard for the safety of Iowa children. Legalizing handguns for children under the age of 14 is mind boggling in its denial of reality. How can making guns readily available to toddlers be anything but negligence? Hopefully the Iowa Democratic-controlled Senate will block these extreme gun measures and return common sense to the law-making process.