Republican incumbent Matt Windschitl thought that we should have a so-called “Stand Your Ground” law in Iowa, so he proposed HB 57 in 2013. Such laws lead to more homicides in jurisdictions that have passed similar legislation.
Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden opposed the bill. “A person already has the right to defend themselves or others, if needed. The ‘stand your ground’ legislation goes far past that. I refer to it as the ‘license to kill’ statute, because that’s exactly what it does.”
ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-wing organization backed by the Koch brothers.
Source: Blog for Iowa