Iowa Patch Gun Permit Debate Comment Overflow Article (1)

An article intended to give new space for the Iowa Patch poll has so many comments it has become unwieldy. If the debate continues on to a point where this is necessary, I can start another thread for it as well.

Hello all: This is the overflow thread for the gun debate started here:

Iowa Patch Poll: Gun Permits – Does Public Have Right to Know Who's Packing Heat?

Some users have commented to me that the gun permit thread has become fairly hard to follow now that it has reached 530+ comments, so I thought I would start a new thread for overflow. If I see there is interest in continuing discussion on this thread I will probably temporarily close comments on the original post so new comments can all be redirected here.

Note: If you want to reference a previous comment made in the thread before, you can link directly to thread comments by clicking the time link below your username.

By the way, if you'd like to comment on this week's Patch Poll, it's here: Iowa Patch Poll: Should Cities Have More Say Over Strip Clubs?

Rick Langel May 09, 2013 at 01:45 PM
A follow up to that fact from Mr Clean. http://ankeny.patch.com/blog_posts/gun-homicides-have-dropped-39-over-the-last-20-years
Travis Lee May 09, 2013 at 02:33 PM
The question is: Should the list of weapon permit holders be published? Not which round, hollow point or birdshot to shoot someone in the back. Or who is carrying a concealed swimming pool under their coat for protection. Publish the list. We decide for ourselves who we consider dangerous or careless. Put the two lists together and we have a somewhat better idea about who the nuts with the guns are.
Rick Langel May 09, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Of course they should not be published. Such a list only affects law abiding citizens, and 99.7% of them do not commit crimes with their weapons. It can only be used to create fear and distrust against those who have weapons.


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