Iowa Grants Gun Permits to the Blind

(USA Today) DES MOINES, Iowa — Here’s some news that has law enforcement officials and lawmakers scratching their heads:

Iowa is granting permits to acquire or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind.

No one questions the legality of the permits. State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.

The quandary centers squarely on public safety. Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it’s a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.

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My son was killed at Sandy Hook. We need to do more to prevent another Charleston.

June 17 was the last day of school at Sandy Hook Elementary. My Facebook news feed was filled with pictures of smiling children looking forward to the fun summer days ahead. One picture in particular made me cry. A group of boys, many of them familiar faces, had just finished third-grade. They were my son Dylan’s classmates, but Dylan wasn’t in the picture.

Dylan was killed in his first grade classroom on Dec. 14, 2012, alongside 19 other first graders and six educators. While I continue to be grateful for the children and adults who survived that day, sadness and anger overcome me each time I see pictures like these. Dylan should be there, too. Schools should be safe places.

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Family of Four Shot Dead in Father’s Day Murder-Suicide

ROY, Utah — A Utah family of four was found shot to death in their home in what authorities believe is a murder-suicide, police said Monday.

Officers discovered the bodies of Russell Smith, 29; his wife, Shawna Smith, 26; and their children, 6-year-old Tylee and 2-year-old Blake on Sunday night. It appeared Russell Smith shot himself, and investigators were not looking for any suspects, police Lt. Kevin Smith said.

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5 Hurt in Accidental Shooting at Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Five people were injured Saturday during an accidental shooting at a wedding reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City authorities said.

A guest at the wedding identified as Vladimir Gotlibovsky, 42, was playing with a gun at about 7:20 p.m. when it accidentally fired, police sources told NBC 4 New York. The bullet grazed a woman’s head, the source said. Others were injured by broken glass.

Gotlibovsky was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, assault and tampering with physical evidence.

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