By ifc_pac on July 2016
July 14th, the Des Moines Register confirmed what we’ve been saying for quite some time. Your efforts to protect and enhance your Second Amendment rights in Iowa are paying off. In fact, the efforts of our Iowa Firearms Coalition members are working so well that gun control advocates in Des Moines are getting frustrated. Very frustrated.
Your constant vigilance and outreach (emails, phone calls, door knocking, etc.) are working. This type of grassroots effort is what keeps us moving the ball forward. Passing pro-gun owner laws (Hearing Protection Act/ATC Carry Act), instead of being content just fending off gun control efforts, or worse watching gun control bills get signed into law.
Legislators in Iowa know the Iowa Firearms Coalition is keeping close tabs on them. They’re well aware that our members are ready, willing and able to make your expectations known when they start running afoul of our constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
Des Moines Representative Ako Abdul-Samad and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie recently met with Connecticut Governor, and major gun control advocate, Dannel Malloy. The three were part of a gun control discussion hosted by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Not surprisingly the Iowa Firearms Coalition received no invitation to take part in this discussion on “how to prevent gun violence.”
Abdul-Samad and Cownie vented their frustrations about the failure to pass gun control measures in Iowa. The 2016 legislative session saw no gun control bills signed into law. Just like 2015 when there were zero gun control bills signed into law. And 2014. And 2013. And so on. This is because an overwhelming number of Iowa residents believe their Second Amendment rights and the rights of millions of law abiding citizens should never be diminished, infringed upon or taken away because of the acts of deranged, delusional or radicalized individuals. Most importantly, these Iowans (our members) are willing to stand up and make their voices heard when the time is right.
Despite their frustrations gun control advocates are showing no signs of backing down. Asked about their failures to enact new gun control laws in 2016 Abdul-Samad said he and fellow gun control advocates are going to focus on things like: “banning assault weapons; penalizing people who pass on guns that result in crimes; and passing legislation to ban people on the federal no-fly list from purchasing firearms.”
With a wishlist like that, we expect to be very busy for the foreseeable future.
Your efforts are working, and they’re working really well. The emails you send, the phone calls you make, the campaign work you do is paying off. It may not seem like it when those emails go unanswered or your phone calls yield no response, but stories like this prove your efforts are not in vain.
It’s our job to keep our finger on the pulse of Second Amendment issues in Iowa and sound the alarm when the time is right. From there it’s your job to do two things 1) make it known you do or do not support the issue we’ve alerted you to, and 2) spread the word to your fellow Second Amendment supporters.
We’re making progress, but as we’ve said, there’s still plenty of work to be done. You can support our mission by donating or volunteering with the Iowa Firearms Coalition.