Ottumwa firearm study session discusses gun's community impact

The League of Women Voters of Ottumwa will hold the third and final part of the firearms study series on Nov. 9.

The League of Women Voters of Ottumwa held their second installment of the firearms study series Thursday at the Railroad Clubhouse in Ottumwa.

The event focused on the community and health impact. The two panelist discussing the issue were retired Ottumwa Police Department Lieutenant Mike McDonough and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Christine Doyle.

McDonough also used to be a firearms instructor. His presentation focused on the practical aspects of safety and handling as well as dispelling myths about owning a gun.

“The main misconception is that if they have a gun, they’re some how safer. That this gun will protect them. But, the gun is only a very small part of it, it’s just a tool And, it’s the person themselves that has to be well-equipped and well-trained and capable and knowledgeable. And, just getting a gun is not always a good idea,” said McDonough.

McDonough says although he supports the right to bear arms, he thinks there should be standards in place to owning a gun, like there are for driving a car.

The League will be having their third and final part of the firearms series on Nov. 9.

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