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Should the Iowa Legislature take steps to limit the purchase and/or use of assault rifles/machine guns? Yes or No
Cast your vote at, and post a comment on the Algona Publishing Company Facebook page. We will publish the results of the poll and may use some of the comments in the March 22 Advance.
The Iowa Legislature should not take action to limit these weapons. The Second Amendment guarantees are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, and that makes this a federal matter, not a state matter. A patchwork of laws within the U.S. borders regarding guns is not a good idea, and potentially sets up people to unwittingly commit crimes if they cross borders with weapons they otherwise own and use legally. Congress needs to undertake an exhaustive review of all gun laws, and do what it can to keep weapons out of the hands of those who are mentally unstable.
I would have to agree that the Iowa Legislature should not take action to limit these types of weapons. It is a federal matter. However, I do believe there is no reason whatsoever to have these weapons in our society.  I am a firm believer that the person handling the weapon is the reason why such atrocities occur in today’s world. Wouldn’t it be nice if the state of Iowa set the example and passed some common sense laws that would make it even tougher for those living in this state to cause harm to another human being? Maybe enough other states will follow Iowa and force the federal government’s hand.

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