• Man Stabbed in Neck Along Des Moines Area Bike Path – Numerous Police Agencies Searching for Suspect

    February 5, 2015

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    A man is fighting for his life in the Des Moines area tonight after being stabbed in the neck this afternoon. Meanwhile man’s attacker remains on the loose. Windsor Heights Police and several other law enforcement agencies from the surrounding area are asking for the public’s help. They’re searching for a white male attacker, but reportedly have very few other details to work off of.

    If you know anything about this afternoon’s stabbing in Windsor Heights you’re asked to call — 515-277-4453

    As always: Be alert. Be prepared. Be safe.

    Original story:

    After receiving a 911 call from the man about 3:21 p.m. reporting he had been stabbed in the neck, officers blocked off the area near the Walmart at 1001 73rd Street along the Clive Greenbelt Trail.

    A search of the area and bike path was called off a couple hours after the incident was reported.

    No one has been taken into custody.

    The man who was stabbed was taken to a metro hospital and into surgery, police said.  His name and condition are not yet available.

    If you know anything that would help police with this case, call Windsor Heights Police at 515-277-4453.  Windsor Height police, Clive police, Des Moines police, Polk County are working on this case.

    Police said the man stabbed wasn’t able to provide much of a description other than a white male was involved.  The case remains under investigation.

    Courtesy: Kim St. Onge, KCCI


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  • You’re 46.52 Times More Likely Fall to Your Death than to be Accidentally Shot to Death

    January 2, 2015

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    The following guest post was written and shared with us by IFC supporter Dean Ballweg. 

    If you have kids we strongly recommend the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program

    Since I have firearms in a home with 3 small children and I carry on a near daily basis, I did some thinking about how I have my firearms secured, both at home and on my person. I also thought about what I’ve taught, and continue to teach, my children about what to do if they see/find a firearm (anywhere) and about how and what I’m teaching them firearms safety. As usually happens for me, this lead me to doing some research, this time about firearms accidents.

    In 2011*, according to the CDC, there were 126, 438 accidental deaths in the United States. These break out as follows:

    Accidental deaths due to:
    1) Motor vehicle accidents – 35,303
    2) Other land transport accidents – 950
    3) Water/air/space/other/unspecified transport accidents – 1,770
    4) Falls – 27,483
    5) Accidental poisoning/exposure to noxious substances – 36,280
    6) Accidental drowning/submersion – 3,556
    7) Accidental exposure to smoke/fire/flames – 2,746
    8) Accidental discharge of firearms – 591
    9) Other/unspecified non-transport accidents – 17,759

    That’s right. Of the 9 leading causes of accidental deaths…firearms related accidents come in at 9th place, with nearly half the number of deaths of the next lowest cause of accidental deaths and fewer than 1/60 of the number of deaths attributed to the leading cause of accidental deaths.

    How many times more likely are you do die from one of the other 8 causes of accidental death than from a firearm accident?

    -Motor vehicle accidents – 59.73x
    -Other land transport accidents – 1.61x
    -Water/air/space/other/unspecified transport accidents – 2.99x
    -Falls – 46.52x
    -Accidental poisoning/exposure to noxious substances – 61.39x
    -Accidental drowning/submersion – 6.02x
    -Accidental exposure to smoke/fire/flames – 4.65x
    -Other/unspecified non-transport accidents – 30.05x
    *This is the last year for which CDC data is readily available.


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.