Gun bill gets final House approval, heads to governor

first_imgMatt WindschitlTwo years ago, Governor Terry Branstad said he was “satisfied” with Iowa’s gun laws. Now, Branstad has the chance to dramatically change them. The Iowa House this afternoon sent Branstad a bill that sponsors say will “give Iowans their freedoms back” when it comes to their firearms.“I feel safer having a gun. My wife feels safer having a gun. Hundreds of thousands of Iowans feel safer having a gun. It is the ultimate equalizer,” Republican Representative Matt Windschitl of Missouri Valley saidDownload. “It takes an 80-year-old grandma and puts her on the exact same playing field as some 18-year-old punk who wants to harass her and steal her pocketbook.”The bill provides the “Stand Your Ground” legal shield for Iowans who shoot to defend life or property, so they cannot be charged with a crime or sued in civil court.Critics raised concerns during this afternoon’s discussion. Representative Ruth Ann Gaines, a Democrat from Des Moines who is black, recently called police after Gaines said her new white neighbor shouted: “Get…off my property,” and pointed a shotgun at Gaines’ partner who was in the neighbor’s driveway.“People are beginning to feel they have a license to be more threatening and I fear that this bill will give a lot of people like my new neighbor an opportunity to show how he really feels,” Gaines saidDownload “I don’t like it.”The bill also lets Iowans with a permit carry a concealed weapon into the state capitol. Representative Art Staid, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, objected to that and other provisions which will let Iowans legally challenge established “gun free zones” in courthouses and other government buildings.“I find this a dangerous mistake and there will be tragedies that occur in our state as a result,” Staid saidDownload.Windschitl said metal detectors at building entrances and “gun free zones” offer a “false sense of security.”“I have a fundamental right to self-preservation and self-protection,” Windschitl saidDownload, “and when we disarm citizens at the door and we say: ‘We’ve got your back and we’ve got you secured,’ and we don’t, we are doing them a disservice.”A previous version of the bill would have allowed concealed weapons on the community college and public university campuses in Iowa, but that was removed.House members approved recent Senate changes in the bill on a voice vote, then gave final legislative approval to the package on a 57-36 vote.Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Capitals draft Connor McMichael of the London Knights

first_imgMcMichael had a great season, as a go-to player for London when its lineup was depleted, and he continued to produce and generate shots at a high level when the roster filled out, although he tailed off toward the end. He doesn’t wow you with his tools, but he’s a quality player. McMichael is a very smart all-around hockey player. He sees the ice very well, is creative with the puck and understands the game away from the puck. He’s not the biggest guy but McMichael competes well. He gets to the net and gets back on defense. With the puck, he’s skilled but not amazingly so. He can make some space with his hands, and his shot can surprise goalies with the ability to pick corners. His skating leaves some to be desired. He has decent speed but not great for his size, and his stride is inefficient. I give a nod to his sense and production as indicators that he could play in the NHL.London Knights assistant coach Rick Steadman on McMichael: “He makes plays. He can play up and down a lineup. He can play at both ends of the ice. He’s very skilled and has a great shot.” Ranked the 24th North American skater by most draft boards, McMichael fills a few areas of need in Washington’s system, mainly forward depth, good two-way ability, and intelligence. McMichael models his game after Calgary forward Sean Monahan. On Friday night, the Washington Capitals selected center Connor McMichael with the 25th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. McMichael played for the renowned London Ontario Knights in the Ontario Hockey League, coached by former captain and head coach Dale Hunter. If all of these things turn out to be true and McMichael reaches Washington in a year or two, we could see him eventually take over the 3rd line center role from Lars Eller, or slot in the top 9 as a scoring winger with good two-way play. center_img Corey Pronman, NHL expert at the Athletic, had this to say about McMichael: In the coming days, we’ll review every draft pick and give a more complete picture of who could join the big club in the next few years. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

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