• Waterloo Native Saves Wife Before Being Beaten to Death with Hammers

    December 1, 2014

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    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Waterloo, Iowa native Zemir Begic. Over the weekend 32-year-old Begic was beaten to death by a group of hammer wielding teenagers in the St. Louis, Missouri area. The Associated Press is reporting that Begic and his wife were in their car near Bevo Mills just before midnight Saturday when a group of juveniles surrounded his vehicle and began pounding on his car. Begic got out of his car and was almost immediately attacked by the group.

    The St. Louis Metro Police found Begic lying unconscious with injuries to his head, abdomen, face, and mouth at roughly 12:15 Sunday morning. He was taken the hospital, and then pronounced dead.

    In an interview with KSDK Arijana Mujkanovic, Begic’s wife explains how his last moments were spent saving her life: “The last thing he did before he actually died was pull me out of the way and put himself in front of me, basically giving up his life for me,” Mujkanovic says.

    KWWL is reporting that Begic was a native of Waterloo who was a student in the Waterloo district but did not graduate from there, according to Waterloo Schools spokeswoman Tara Thomas. According to his Facebook page, Begic attended Waterloo West.

    St. Louis Police have arrested a of pair teens aged 15 and 16. They’re reportedly still looking for two more. No motive for the attacks have been announced.

    A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Begic funeral arrangements.

    Please remember this story the next time you and your loved ones are out in public. Being attacked by a mob of hammer wielding teens was probably one of the last things Zemir Begic and his wife had on their minds, but that does not mean the threat does not exist. This is another reminder that no matter where you are you must be prepared to defend yourself. Your personal protection is your responsibility. The police simply cannot be everywhere, and this is an unfortunate but perfect example of that fact. Please take a moment to visit our Permits, Training, and Iowa Carry Law Info page for more information on ways to protect yourselves and your loved ones.


    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.

  • 13 Most Dangerous Cities in Iowa

    November 6, 2014

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    Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, our own personal safety is every individual’s responsibility. The folks over at HomeSecurityShield have sifted through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report to compile a list of the 13 statistically most dangerous cities in Iowa. The rankings are based off of violent crime, such as: murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Also included are stats on property crime, such as: burglary, theft, arson.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition encourages everyone to take responsibility for their own safety. Whether this means carrying a concealed firearm, pepper spray, a taser, or learning basic self-defense, being alert and prepared are two of the best things you can do to keep yourself from becoming a victim. If you’re interested in getting a Permit to Carry, or doing some training, we highly recommend you check out our Permits and Training page.

     

    1. Council Bluffs – Violent Crimes: 11.86 per 1,000 residents

      Council Bluffs has a crime rate of about 80 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Council Bluffs? One in 12.

    2. Keokuk – Violent Crimes: 10.33 per 1,000 residents

      Keokuk has a crime rate of about 66 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Keokuk? One in 15.

    3. Waterloo – Violent Crimes: 6.82 per 1,000 residents

      Waterloo has a crime rate of about 43 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Waterloo? One in 23.

    4. Burlington – Violent Crimes: 6.78 per 1,000 residents

      Burlington has a crime rate of about 47 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Burlington? One in 21.

    5. Muscatine – Violent Crimes: 6.78 per 1,000 residents

      Muscatine has a crime rate of about 42 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Muscatine? One in 24.

    6. Clinton – Violent Crimes: 6.35 per 1,000 residents

      Clinton has a crime rate of about 51 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Clinton? One in 19.

    7. Davenport – Violent Crimes: 5.97 per 1,000 residents

      Davenport has a crime rate of about 45 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Davenport? One in 22.

    8. Fort Madison – Violent Crimes: 5.44 per 1,000 residents

      Fort Madison has a crime rate of about 30 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Fort Madison? One in 33.

    9. Fort Dodge – Violent Crimes: 5.34 per 1,000 residents

      Fort Dodge has a crime rate of about 52 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Fort Dodge? One in 19.

    10. Boone – Violent Crimes: 5.28 per 1,000 residents

      Boone has a crime rate of about 31 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Boone? One in 32.

    11. Des Moines – Violent Crimes: 5.27 per 1,000 residents

      Des Moines has a crime rate of about 55 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Des Moines? One in 18.

    12. Centerville – Violent Crimes: 5.26 per 1,000 residents

      Centerville has a crime rate of about 50 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Centerville? One in 20.

    13. Marshalltown – Violent Crimes:5.09 per 1,000 residents

      Marshalltown has a crime rate of about 38 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Marshalltown? One in 27.


    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.