Several persons convicted of sex crimes in Iowa have been given permits to carry guns. On “both sides of the aisle” the screaming has begun. The general hue and cry is this: “How can it be that such terrible people are allowed to go packing?”
Here is the right response: THE WHINERS ARE A BUNCH OF DOPES. In general, the recidivist rate for so-called sex offenders is lower than for other offenders. This is definitely true in Iowa.
An FBI official, the president of the Iowa State Sheriffs’ & Deputies’ Association, the president of the Iowa State Police Association and two state lawmakers told The Des Moines Register they have public safety concerns after learning that a two-year-old state law on gun permits allows registered sex offenders to obtain a weapons permit.
“It does seem to go contrary to what the whole point or the whole purpose” of the sex offender registry is, said Steve Conlon, Registered Imbecile and deputy unit chief of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit’s Evil Minds Research Museum in Quantico, Va. [SG: That's good information because I thought that only 97.63% of the sex offender registry was directed at keeping guns out of the hands of THE DISGUSTING PERVERTS.]
Self-appointed statistics maven [and underground voyeur] Jerry Dunbar offered this brilliant observation: “My concern of a sex offender having a gun is they try to typically rule in a bullish way to influence people — and just the presence of a gun on a hip could be a threat to get people to cooperate,” said Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar, who is president of the Iowa State Sheriffs’ & Deputies’ Association. Dunbar added, “They intimidate to get what they want.” [SG: What do they want, Jerry, you lame brain. Tell us. By the way, Jerry, go back to school and learn English.]
Rob Burdess, a Newton police detective and the president of the Iowa State Police Association, was unaware that sex offenders are being issued weapon permits until he was asked about it by the Register. He noted that people with felonies or domestic abuse convictions are typically unable to obtain weapon permits, so he questions the logic of allowing sex offenders — even those convicted of non-felony offenses — to carry weapons in public. Burdess is also famous throughout our solar system for his contributions to the field of advanced mathematical logic — a real plus for Iowa State police. Tossing his Statistics For Everyday Cops into the trash bin, Burdess asked the rhetorical question, “Who’s to say they’re not a safety concern with weapons? They’ve already shown propensity to be sexually violent, so the escalation can be the use of weapons.” [SG: Or perhaps homemade bombs which, after all, has always been the dream weapon of drooling perverts.]
JILL LEVENSON presumes to bring light rather than heat to the debate, proving she is a very stupid person. Levenson, a national expert on sexual violence and an associate professor at Lynn University in Florida has the colossal gall to cite facts. Levenson, citing more than three dozen research studies or articles, has written papers and given testimony that shows 5% to 14% of known sex offenders will commit a subsequent sex crime within three to six years after incarceration. That is far lower than rates for other types of crime. [SG: Hey! Who allowed her to testify? She is spoiling the game for the demagogues.]
There are no known studies that review the rates of crimes using guns committed by sex offenders after their initial convictions, according to Conlon of the FBI and researchers at Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice. That information would be useful in assessing the level of risk created by giving gun permits to sex offenders, Conlon said. [SG: There are no studies showing the percentage of children under age 9 who like to spend their days chewing on baseball gloves but I, if nobody else, desperately want to know THE FACTS. The data would be useful for something, even if I don't know what.]
National uniform crime data from 2006 — the most recent data available — show that less than 1% of all reported sex offenses included the use of a firearm, according to Jason Rydberg, a graduate student at Michigan State. [SG: We need guns to shoot people like Rydberg who want to spoil our fun.]
Iowa numbers mirror the national trend. Of the roughly 5,750 people on Iowa’s sex offender registry, 47 — or less than 1% — used guns in their crimes, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, a national organization focused on the prevention of sexual abuse, generally advocates for cases to be reviewed individually when trying to determine whether a sex offender is likely to re-offend or jeopardize public safety. “There’s no blanket way of stating that sex offenders are more dangerous than everybody else,” said Maia Christopher, executive director of the association. [SG: Judge people on their individual merits? Sounds unAmerican to me.]
Republican state Rep. Clel Baudler, a former state trooper, isn’t reassured by the type of research offered by Levenson or groups like the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Baudler, who proudly displays his laminated certificate as a member of the NIA, (National Idiots Association) to all who enter his office offers us this insight into his “thinking”: “If I was a sheriff and you’re a registered sex offender, I’d look at what you were found guilty of and I would have no problem saying, ‘You might be eligible but you’re going to have to sue me to get it. I’ll see you in an administrative hearing and we’ll bring this out in public if that’s what you want.’” [SG: Baudler is my kind of guy. Like him, I believe that after we determine a lascivious pervert is no danger to anybody, let's kill him anyway -- just to be on the safe side and on the side of bigoted morons everywhere.]
Republican Rep. Matt Windschitl indicated that he believes Iowa’s new weapons permit law doesn’t need to be revised to specifically ban sex offenders. People convicted of felonies, including sex offenders, are already prohibited from obtaining a permit, he emphasized.
But the top-ranking Democrat on the House Public Safety Committee disagreed with Windschitl over whether Iowa’s permit law needs revision.
“I wasn’t aware that sex offenders would be given permits,” said Democrat Rep. Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls. “This is definitely a concern.” [SG: If there is one thing inferior to the brain of a Republican it is the brain of a Democrat.]
At a minimum, Kressig would like the Legislature to agree to look at the issue for potential action next year. [SG: A committee to study the ISSUE!]
I have only one thing left to say: DON’T BAN AUTOMATIC WEAPONS WITH 100 ROUNDS CAPACITY. Without guns how the hell are we going to shoot all the legislators?