• 4 Hipsters Go Shooting. The Result? Their Pre-formed Opinions on Guns Change Dramatically.

    January 20, 2015

    The popular website Buzzfeed sent four hipsters to an indoor gun range in Las Vegas. Three out of the four guys had never shot a gun before and as expected they had some pretty typical anti-gun prejudices. But in the end many of those prejudices were reversed, and all it took was a little trigger time.

    Make no mistake, there’s a lot of things in this video that made us cringe. A LOT. But the overarching point remains, when non-shooting, non-gun owning people take the time to try out shooting, their opinions almost always change.

    Unfortunately people often fear what they don’t know. And that fear leads to gun bans, restrictions, and other infringements.

    Do your part to fight ignorance, invite a non-shooter to the range with you sometime. Emphasize safety, and fun. Then explain why you believe our Second Amendment rights should not be infringed.  Find an Iowa range near you.


    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.

  • Des Moines Register Thinks Firearms Owners and the NRA are Too Powerful

    December 30, 2014

    Des Moines Register thinks firearms owners and the NRA are too powerful.

    Alright, so maybe this isn’t really breaking news for most of you. By now it’s pretty well-known the Register’s editorial board opposes pretty much every effort to protect or enhance the second amendment rights of Iowans and Americans in general.

    However, earlier this week the Register doubled down on their anti-gun, anti-NRA stance by shaming the U.S. Senate over their vote to confirm Vivek Murthy as the nation’s newest surgeon general. It seems confirming a pro-gun control nominee is simply not good enough for the Register’s editorial board. The fact that millions of NRA members and like-minded individuals opposed Murthy’s appointment is apparently just too much for the Register’s editorial board to handle. Never mind the fact if Harry Reid hadn’t used the nuclear option and changed the fundamental operation of the Senate Murthy would not have been confirmed. Or the fact that gun control, err, gun sense, err, common sense, err, Universal Background Check pusher (D) Joe Manchin of West Virginia also voted against Murthy’s appointment.

    Speaking as Iowa’s most effective 2nd Amendment advocates, and also an NRA affiliate, we thank the Des Moines Register for acknowledging the power of millions of voices united against gun control measures and other repeated attempts further restrict our constitutionally protected freedoms. And while we may never be able to persuade the Register’s editorialists to support our cause we can point them to the truth. A majority of Americans back gun owner rights rather than gun control efforts. Gun ownership is on the rise and yet violent crime continues to fall. And more Americans than ever are realizing that their own personal safety is their responsibility. More than anything else these examples and the millions of NRA members and like-minded individuals are what makes this group so powerful.

    That’s not a political statement. That’s something anyone with a little “common sense” would recognize. It’s a fact.


    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.

  • Braley wants your opinion on background checks!

    August 11, 2014

    Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)

    Bruce Braley (D-IA), Representative for the First Congressional District, is looking for your input on gun control. In a survey on his congressional website regarding Universal Background Checks, Rep. Braley says:

    The high level of gun violence inside our nation’s schools is simply unacceptable. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012 was followed by shootings at dozens of other schools around the country. Something must be done to stop this senseless and tragic violence.

    However, several pieces of legislation addressing gun safety have been considered by Congress, but not a single one has passed.

    One proposal includes instituting universal background checks to close loopholes to prevent guns being sold to people who aren’t allowed to own them — like those with previous criminal convictions or mental health problems.

    Take my quick survey: Do you think that Congress should pass a gun safety law requiring all individuals to undergo a brief background check prior to purchasing a gun?

    We all know the answer to that question, so CLICK HERE and take a few moments today to respond to Rep. Braley’s survey to tell him that Universal Background Checks are a bad idea, and inform him of one or a few of the following points:

    • Criminals obviously don’t do background checks, thus any changes or additions to background check laws only affect people who obey the law, unfairly and unnecessarily increasing their burden.
    • Much like a restraining order, background checks don’t prevent violent crime anyway.  To criminals, such laws are simply words on paper somewhere to be ignored.
    • The only way to enforce a Universal Background Check system would be to enact a universal gun registration system, which is absolutely not an option and we will not even entertain such a notion under any circumstance.
    • There are already tens of thousands of gun laws across the country, and they’re clearly not doing the trick.  One more gun law isn’t going to magically solve the violence problem, so Congress should focus on enforcing the laws it previously enacted, rather than grasping at straws making new ones for the P.R. purposes of appearing to be working for the public good.
    • The government barely prosecutes attempted gun purchasers who are rejected by the current background check system, so adding more transactions to the system for the alleged purposes of stopping crime is laughable at best.
    • Our privately owned guns are our private property.  The government has no business being involved in a private transaction of private property, and a background check is therefore yet another invasion of our privacy perpetrated by the government.
    • There is no such thing as “gun crime” any more than there is such a thing as “knife crime” or “baseball bat crime.”  There is only crime–violent crime, in this case.  Thus all laws beginning from the premise that such a thing as “gun crime” exists begin from a false premise, and are therefore philosophically “bad law” in a Rule of Law society such as ours.  So instead of taking a “Band-Aid approach” to crime by merely treating symptoms, Congress should stop trying to merely look good and actually address the root causes of crime, such as broken families and households, poor education, and joblessness.  Any cop can attest that most felons they arrest share one or more of these characteristics.
    • The majority of felonies are committed by previously convicted felons.  Various studies report the rate of recidivism between two-thirds and three-fourths.  As violent crimes–including those committed with firearms–are typically felonies, it stands to reason that one very good way to make violent crime drop by a dramatic 66-77% would be to keep felons in prison.

     

    As always, I know we can count on you to make your voices heard, because when it comes to guarding our civil rights, it’s all hands to the middle here at the Iowa Firearms Coalition!

    Fighting for your Second Amendment Rights in Iowa,
    Barry B. Snell
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member