The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

January 26, 2013

Tired of America running from problems

SIGOURNEY — I attended a town hall meeting in Sigourney recently with state Sen. Sandy Greiner and state Rep. Jarad Klein. I would like to thank them for taking the time to let the voting public know what is going on in our Statehouse. I wish more of the public had been there — only 14 by my count. There were NO news reporters in attendance.

A point that was made was that the Iowa House will likely pass a Castle Doctrine bill this year, but that state Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, has indicated he will not allow any pro-gun bill to be voted on in the Senate, no matter what. How lovely.  Sen. Gronstal and his party prefer that Duty to Retreat (current Iowa Law) remain. They would rather that a young mother at home with her children when the house is broken in to be more concerned about criminal prosecution than defending themselves. They would rather that a college student about to be raped in her apartment cower in the closet corner before finally taking any steps to defend herself (besides dialing 9-1-1, which will bring help in minutes when she only has seconds).

I for one am tired of running from problems. If it’s your house property and someone comes in with malice, you should be able to defend yourself by whatever means necessary, without fear of criminal or civil action. The point here is that you were in your house or car, where you could rightfully be, and the offender was also in your house or car, with ill intent, where they should not be. And they want us to run?

I am tired of America running from our problems. If our founding fathers had taken the attitude that is prevalent today, especially among our elected leadership, we’d all be speaking with weird accents and paying exorbitant taxes on tea.

It is time that U.S. citizens start making the tough decisions — our children and grandchildren deserve better. Lucky for us our ancestors did.

Richard Wilkening


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