The Will Must Come First

Home Invasion Ends When The Shotgun Is Deployed

An invader broke into an Iowa Congressman’s house, attacked his daughter, and demanded money. The Congressman counterattacked with his bare hands.

Consider, for a moment, that Rep. Leonard Boswell is 77 years old, but he still tried to go hand-to-hand with the armed felon. Brass balls on that one, even though it must be admitted that the criminal was attacking the man’s daughter at the time.

The Congressman’s grandson got a shotgun and the invader fled. It sounds like he hasn’t been apprehended.

When seconds count, seconds count. All the weapons in the world are no good without the will to fight, and sometimes you have to fight with whatever you have. Which might be nothing.

Good on the Congressman for doing what he had to, and good on the grandson for bringing artillery to bear ASAP.

Iowa Shall Issue

Iowa is about to become Shall Issue.

Of course, this brings predictions of blood running in the streets and the OK Corral.

Here’s a bit about how the current “may issue” law works in one Iowa county, presented as proof that it’s just fine:

In Henry County, Sheriff Allen Wittmer has created a criteria on who is able to get a concealed weapons permit and who’s not qualified.

Under that criteria, those whose jobs require a firearm can be qualified to carry a weapon. The self employed also can get a permit if they collect and transport large sums of money or other valuables. Retired police officers also are qualified.

Wittmer, too, is in strong opposition to the law change.

“I did not support it,” Wittmer said. “There’s nobody that knows their constituents better than the sheriff. It’s totally taking the discretion away from the sheriff.”

Wittmer noted out of the 18 applications he received last year, nine were denied, just by merely following the county’s criteria.

“We have it working well here,” he noted. “We have a procedure in place that works in Henry County.”

So it sounds like the only people who get one in Henry County are people who require a gun for their jobs, people who transport large sums of money for their jobs, and people who are retired cops. So, unless your job necessitates it, only retired cops get permits.

That is a great example of a working may issue system. And a great example of why shall issue is the way to go.

It’s Written All Over Your Face

These guys are geniuses.

Police received a call Friday night that two men with hooded sweatshirts and painted faces had tried to break into a man’s home in Carroll, Iowa.

When police stopped a vehicle matching the caller’s description blocks away, they were stunned by the men’s disguises.

There were no ski masks or stockings pulled over their heads; instead, Matthew Allan McNelly, 23, and Joey Lee Miller, 20, streaked their faces with permanent black marker.

Empty Shotgun Shell Casing ‘Posed a Risk’

Student Suspended Over Show-And-Tell Souvenir

Des Moines, Iowa:

Jazmine Martin, 12, brought an empty shotgun shell to school on Monday, a souvenir from a summer vacation to South Dakota. The shell was empty and had the word “blank” written on the front…”This young lady brought a bag of shell casings and shared them with other kids,” said Randy Gordon, Brody Middle School principal.

Gordon said that even though they were empty, the shell casings are considered ammo, which violates the school’s weapon policy.

Martin was suspended and it will go onto her permanent school record.

Pizza Guy’s New Job

Got a heads up recently about James Spiers, a Pizza Hut driver who used a handgun to defend himself from robbers and was fired for violating the company’s no-weapons policy. I wrote about the incident a couple of times last year:

Well, Des Moines man replaces pizza job — and his gun:

James Spiers is back to work, but he isn’t delivering pizzas this time.

He’s a route driver, supplying fast food and snack products to gas stations, convenience stores and other businesses, making the rounds in a company van.

And here’s the kicker: Spiers says his boss lets him carry a handgun on the job.

Not the .22-caliber Beretta that got him in trouble with Pizza Hut in March 2008.

“A little larger caliber this time,” he said, slightly understating the matter. “A Ruger LCP .380.”

He needed a new gun of some sort, because the cops still have his other one:

Even though Kenneth Jimmerson was sentenced to prison for 27 years in December, the cops tell Spiers they still might need the gun for evidence.

Coach fatally shot at Iowa high school

Des Moines:

A gunman shot and killed a prominent Iowa high school football coach in the school’s weight room early Wednesday and was taken into custody shortly afterward, authorities said.

The gunman shot Aplington-Parkersburg High School coach Ed Thomas at about 8 a.m. with about 50 students in the school, including several in the weight room at the time. School was not in session, and no one else was injured.

The shooter was apparently not a student.