• Iowa Democratic Party Slams Gun Rights in 2018 Platform, Parkland Students Coming to Iowa, & DNR Update

    Iowa Democratic Party Approves 2018 Platform

    Fred Hubbell just officially took the reins of the Iowa Democratic Party, and we just got a first look at their official gun-control agenda for the 2018 Election. The Iowa Democratic Party leaders met in Des Moines this past weekend for their conventions to officially nominate their candidates and to finalize their party platform. We’ve been asking specific ‘Gun Sense’ candidates to clarify their gun positions in recent weeks to let voters know precisely what it is that they intend to do if they take control in Des Moines. The response? Crickets.

    Fred Hubbell’s official platform did, however, offer us some insight as to their aggressive gun control agenda with the 2018 Iowa Democratic Committee State Platform.
    The platform opens with a promising and surprising line that suggests a good defense of individual liberty is going to follow.

    “We strive to secure, defend, and preserve basic constitutional and civil rights.”

    Unfortunately for Iowans, this was just an attempt at comedic irony as they followed it up with the following list of “Gun Safety Principles.”

    We didn’t expect anything this extreme. Updating the Second Amendment to say what exactly? They officially want to go backward on carry permits, suppressors, and the failed Assault Weapons Ban of 1994. What does this look like for you?

    After you give up your rifles, your magazines, your suppressors, your carry permit, and your dignity… then you may purchase a gun that is approved by Fred Hubbell AFTER you complete the requisite amount of proficiency and safety training, provide proof of firearm insurance, pay for a super thorough new background check system, and wait for the required amount of time that Fred Hubbell deems necessary. If you wish to carry that gun, you can plead your case with your county Sheriff to demonstrate just cause so that you may actually exercise your Second Amendment rights and then should you be selected to do so (So Sorry Johnson, Polk, Scott, Linn, Black-Hawk, and a few other counties!) it is at that time you may carry your Fred Hubbell approved gun in Fred Hubbell approved places. But be careful! Take that gun into an unauthorized area or fail to report that missing gun as stolen and you will now be a criminal without the right to access a firearm and will have no rights under the redefined and newly improved Second Amendment.

    Does this sound like the Iowa you want to live in? Sounds like California to us…

    Do we think all Democrats believe this? Absolutely not. To be clear, Four Iowa Senate Democrats have been reliable pro-gun votes:

    • Sen. Chaz Allen
    • Sen. Rich Taylor
    • Sen. Tod Bowman
    • Sen. Wally Horn

    These men prove that supporting our fundamental rights doesn’t have to be a partisan issue. We know that a majority of the people in the state don’t believe this nonsense. We would even wager that the majority of the people who identify as Democrats in Iowa wouldn’t support most of this mess. So why are the leaders in the Iowa Democratic Party putting this stuff in their platform? We suggest asking the leadership why it is that they have taken such an extreme position and made it the official position of their political party.


    Parkland Students Bring ‘March For Our Lives’ to Iowa

    Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., will be in Cedar Rapids and Linn-Mar High School in Marion on Thursday for two March for Our Lives events. They also just announced an event in Sioux City to rally against Rep. Steve King.  These new gun control celebrities have been financed by Hollywood stars like George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Spielberg, and significant businesses like Lyft and Salesforce.com to take their gun control message across the country to swing districts to push an extreme agenda against people like us.

    Here is what the ‘March For Our Lives’ organization is advocating:

    • Semi-Automatic Rifle Ban
    • Private Transfer Ban
    • Federally funded gun violence research
    • High Capacity Magazine Ban
    • Safe storage requirements
    • Criminalize untimely reporting of firearm theft
    • Increased funding and size of the ATF

    Why Marion? 
    Gun-control lobbyists put extra focus on this area in the last election when they sent out flyers bashing former Rep. Ken Rizer to try and turn the election for Molly Donahue. Northern Linn County has three swing House districts that were targeted in 2016 and are again a target for every interested organization in 2018. Rep. Zumbach, Rep. Hinson, and Randy Ray are all Pro-Second Amendment candidates in that area who will need our help winning in 2018. This particular area is getting a lot of focus, and this ‘Town-Hall’ is an effort to sign people up to vote against them. Also, Linn-Mar has a student who wants to follow in the footprints of David Hogg and will be using the school to host his second gun-control event of the year. This is the same student who was called out by Iowa Congressman Rod Blum in a tweet a month ago.

    Why Sioux City?
    Rep. Steve King and the Parkland teens have sparred on social media after Rep. King criticized the Cuban jacket worn by Emma Gonzalez. The gun-control teenagers have promised to vote King out of office and are making this appearance to rally votes against him. King is being challenged by a ‘Gun-Sense’ candidate named J.D. Scholten in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.

    Many people in our organization have messaged IFC to inform us that they will attend the ‘Town-Hall.’ You can RSVP on the March For Our Lives website. We suggest selecting the box on the RSVP form that will not get you email updates from them in the future. There is no harm in filling out an RSVP to this event, even if you are uncertain if you will be able to attend. The Town-Hall is going to be held on Thursday, June 21st at 7 PM in the Linn-Mar High School Gym. As a reminder, it is a public school and security will be present with metal detectors.


     

    DNR Update

    Thank you to all of you who participated in our advocacy campaign to the Iowa DNR and those who showed up at the meetings to push for changes that benefit all Iowans in the state hunting regulations. This process is not yet over, in fact, we are still working on this daily by interacting with legislators and officials at the DNR and NRC to tweak the rules to the best possible result for hunters in Iowa. We are still hammering out the final details on some aspects of the rules and expect the changes to be finalized by mid-July. We will keep you posted when the final product has been reached.

  • Gun Confiscation Advocate Raising Money For Iowa Senate Candidates!

    You may have heard about Congressman Eric Swalwell in the news lately. He is a native Iowan who represents the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States Congress, and he happens to be the most aggressive gun control advocate in Washington. He’s become famous for his call to involuntarily buyback all ‘assault weapons’ and criminally prosecute those who fail to turn in their weapons. From his op-ed in USA Today:

    “we should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons.”

    Rep. Swalwell has received more attention this week after his interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News advocating for a full ban and criminalization of semi-automatic weapons:

    So why does this matter?

    For the last several weeks, we’ve been trying to get former Iowa Moms Demand Action leader and Iowa Senate candidate Amber Gustafson on the record about a “full assault weapons ban” that is being championed by Iowa Gubernatorial candidate Cathy Glasson.

    Cathy Glasson is a Moms Demand Action endorsed “Gun Sense” candidate who is not shy about her desire to ban so-called “assault weapons” in Iowa. Amber Gustafson also holds the “Gun Sense” candidate badge of honor and is frequently recognized by national media as a mom running to represent Bloomberg’s gun control organization. Amber has even received hundreds of dollars directly from anti-gun leader Shannon Watts.

    BUT…

    Every time she’s asked about her fellow “Gun Sense Candidate” Cathy Glasson’s proposed ban all you hear from Amber is the sound of cricket’s chirping.

    HERE’S WHY IT MATTERS

    Even though she doesn’t dare speak publicly about her gun banning ambitions, Amber’s more than happy to invite the original co-sponsor of the Assault Weapon Ban of 2018 to headline her campaign fundraisers. Vicky Brenner, who is running against Senator Julian Garrett to represent the Madison and Warren County area and Amber Gustafson of Ankeny both invited a bay area gun confiscation advocate to Iowa to headline their event.

    Even though Amber is too scared to talk openly and honestly about her gun control ambitions, the fact that she is using San Francisco politicians to bring California style gun control to Iowa speaks volumes about her intentions in the Iowa Senate.

    Firearms owners in Iowa CANNOT allow the head of the gun control movement in our state to gain a seat in the legislature.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is the only group taking it to the gun control lobby in Iowa. No one in this state is doing more to keep gun grabbers out of the legislature than IFC.

    As we roll into campaign season, we need funds to put reliable, pro-gun candidates back in office.

    Please donate to IFC-PAC and know that 100% of every single penny that you give goes to fighting the gun control lobby.

    Gun grabbers like Amber Gustafson get a significant amount of support from outside of Iowa. The out-of-state gun control lobby thinks they can overpower the freedom loving People of Iowa. That’s why it’s imperative that you help IFC-PAC mount a counter-offensive and fight back against the out of state elitists that think they can silence gun owners in Iowa!

    Like what you see? Join the only organization in Iowa that is fighting back and reporting what these gun control candidates are trying to do in Iowa!

    Please share this message and word of our coalition to liberty-minded Iowans who would oppose Rep. Swalwell’s agenda in Iowa.

  • DNR Proposing Deer Hunting Changes – ACTION REQUIRED!

     

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently proposing sweeping reforms to the laws pertaining to deer hunting in Iowa. The Iowa Firearms Coalition is working hard to stop the DNR from implementing some terrible new restrictions on Iowa hunters and suggesting some changes that would be beneficial to Iowa hunters.

    The Iowa DNR quietly released a list of changes on April 24th that can be found on their website. The Iowa DNR is allowing the public to submit written comments on the proposals until 4:30 PM on May 1st. We have created an advocacy campaign on our website to share our concerns with the Iowa DNR. We are strongly urging you to participate and help us protect quality deer hunting in the state of Iowa. 

    Here is a summary of our primary concerns:

    1. The DNR has presented baseless restrictions on AR format pistols that may be braced against the forearm or shoulder, when a hunter may legally use the same action type, caliber, and barrel length at the same time and place. The ATF has already established clear boundaries on the AR pistol, and the Iowa DNR appears to be trying to redefine the law or unreasonably extend its authority.
    2. 106.7(2)c3 contains a questionable restriction on pistols that are “designed to be shot with one hand” which could plausibly be a 1911 or a Glock? Does the DNR intend to take a position on whether or not hunters should use only a one-handed or a two-handed hold? We don’t see how DNR thinks they are facilitating a humane harvest when they are limiting my technique and reducing a hunters accuracy. This plan does nothing but make more coyote bait.
    3. Under current DNR rules, a youth hunter cannot harvest a deer with a pistol, even if they are in the pistol season and with an adult. DNR hunting policy has not been updated to be aligned with Iowa law.
    4. A 6 round capacity limit for all gun hunters has been proposed. The Iowa DNR does not have the authority nor the reasonable basis for imposing a 6 round capacity limit for shotguns, pistols, and rifles. This restriction should be removed entirely.
    IFC will be attending the public hearing on May 1st at the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines (Conference Room 4E). You are also encouraged to attend if you wish to present your opinion. IFC Board Chairman Michael Ware will be discussing the DNR proposals and the need for action on the Simon Conway radio show today at 4:30 PM on WHO News Radio.

    The current proposals as written do not benefit Iowa hunters and go too far in diminishing the hunting experience that we value in Iowa. We will be going into greater detail at the public hearing on the changes we think are necessary to the current proposal. Share our concerns on our advocacy campaign with the Iowa DNR prior to the upcoming public hearing.
    Please share this with anyone else you know who is a deer hunter or Second Amendment supporter in Iowa. Let everyone know that the Iowa Firearms Coalition is working to protect the best interest of gun owners and hunters in the state of Iowa. Join us today on our website!

    Thank You,

    Iowa Firearms Coalition

  • Iowa Schools Face Walkouts and Extreme Propaganda Promoting Gun-Control

    High school students around the country are gathering in protest right now to promote gun control on the nineteenth anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School. No protest in Iowa is more alarming than the political propaganda being passed off as Journalism at City High in Iowa City. 
                                                                                        
    While the curriculum taught likely doesn’t cover this weeks anniversary of the shot heard around the world when the British attempted to seize arms from Massachusetts Patriots, it will include creating and distributing gun-control propaganda in at least one public school in Iowa. 

    Consistently anti-gun messaging from Hollywood, the media, social media bubbles, political opportunists and more are now being further indoctrinated into our children’s education at public schools in Iowa. 

    We’ve heard from many concerned parents and teachers this week in Urbandale, Des Moines, and others. However, none were as alarming (or angry!) as our community member from Iowa City sharing a twisted publication from the local high school. City High School in Iowa City has now directed students to create a bizarre and incredibly radical look at gun control that includes projecting targets on a black student and linking gun violence to “toxic masculinity.” 

    The article states its goal from Page 1: 
    “Inaction on this issue should be as damning as the most pro-gun position because silence is complicity.”

    Not only has the staff at City High School painfully isolated students and faculty who do value their freedoms in the Bill of Rights, but they are using our public resources to create a document so extreme that it makes MSNBC look Second-Amendment friendly.

    The City High School indoctrination starts with a plea from the students demanding action for gun-control control, stating that yelling at Senator Grassley isn’t enough and cites the terror and pain felt as students as the reason to entirely bypass objectivity. 

    The propaganda piece then turns to a bizarre and confusing “Letter to a Young Black Boy” that is illustrated by a target being projected on a black student.

                                          

    The tabloid then moves on to people sharing positive experiences at gun control marches and dives into stating its case for an all-out assault weapons ban. Japan, Canada, and India are cited as countries where the gun laws work in a heavily flawed and emotional piece that even takes jabs at Republicans for their response to the efforts of the gun control advocates from Marjory Stoneman High School. 

    The school paper then gets into an even more radical presentation of “The Australian Solution” where the case for Aussie style “buybacks” and elimination of the Second Amendment are presented to save “hundreds of thousands of lives.”
                                                  
    Next, we go off the deep end with a piece tying guns and “toxic masculinity” to gun violence. “Masculine culture is also deeply rooted in the idea of guns and gun ownership”  which makes sense to this author because “There has to be a way our society can create a safer way for boys to understand they don’t have to turn to violence and murder to validate their own masculinity.” 

    Again, this is what kids are doing in PUBLIC schools in IOWA. 

    The tabloid finishes with a final assault on the arch-enemy of gun control, the National Rifle Association. A stab at politicians taking money from the NRA (but not Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, Giffords Law Center, or others) and yet another ignorant case that the NRA is the only obstacle to repealing your fundamental and individual rights…

    The Little Hawk managed to blame gun owners, the NRA, pro-gun politicians, patriarchy, masculinity, and everyone else except the shooters…
                                     

    We want to encourage our members to stand up against this abuse of young minds with their hate-mongering publication. If you value your Second Amendment rights, you can no longer sit idle, because it cannot get any clearer that there are no lows to which the ‘March for Our Lives’ faction will not stoop. 
                                                             
    If you are in the City High area, let the Principal of City High, John Bacon know how you feel about allowing his staff to drive this pathetic propaganda out of a student newspaper. He can be reached at 319-688-1040 or bacon-john@iccsd.k12.ia.us

    This embarrassment is what is going on in Iowa public schools at the same time IFC is fighting for a Freedom Amendment to keep Iowans protected from attacks on our fundamental liberties. If you think we don’t need our rights protected by our constitution, review this magazine produced in the public school echo chamber, and think again!

    Talk to your kids – Ask them if they understand what these walkouts are geared towards. Explain to them what the goals of their organizers are and what this would do to our liberties. Encourage them to think about their friends and family members who are gun owners and how different these people are from the mass murderers continually propped up and elevated by the media. Ask them, “Why should we be punished and be forced to give up our freedoms because of the deranged act of a lunatic?” Inform them it’s wrong for teachers and school staff to advocate for one side or another. Schools, particularly public schools are supposed to be places of critical learning, not indoctrination centers for the progressive ideologues. 


    This is the environment we are working in. 

    • Please talk to your children. 
    • Please challenge your local schools to not go down the path of City High in Iowa City.
    • Please consider supporting our PAC and our Coalition.

    Need another reason to be a member? Didn’t think so.  JOIN HERE

  • National Gun Control Leader Donating to Iowa Senate Candidate’s Campaign

    A few days ago we alerted you to the gun control lobby’s scheme to place their Iowa chapter leader, Amber Gustafson, into the Iowa legislature. That’s despite her complete failure to understand Iowa’s firearms law. (If you missed this, you can get caught up on the details HERE).

    The response to that message has been remarkable. And since then we’ve also been alerted to another interesting bit of information…

    If you’re not familiar, Shannon Watts is the national head of the gun control group Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America. As you can see from Amber Gustafson’s campaign reports Watts has made a couple of sizable donations to Gustafson.

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    Even more interesting – Shannon Watts has not donated to any other candidate in Iowa. Only Amber Gustafson.

    So when we say the gun control lobby is backing Amber’s run for office, we do mean it. That said, we need your help making sure Amber stays out of office. If she’s elected, you can bet she’ll be pushing every single Shannon Watts, Michael Bloomberg, or Giffords Law Center gun control initiative, all in the name of “common sense gun safety.”

    Shannon Watt’s donated $500 for Amber Gustafson, can we get Iowa’s firearms community to match, or exceed that figure?

    Donations to the IFC’s Political Action Committee go 100% towards putting solid, pro-freedom candidates in office and keeping anti-gunners like Amber Gustafson out of the Iowa legislature. Even better yet, we’ve got a winning track record:

    -Mike Gronstal
    -Steve Sodders

    Remember when (Ret) Sen. Steve Sodders (middle) routinely stonewalled our pro-gun legislation? Imagine if Amber Gustafson was elected and put in power. That’s why we need you to help us make sure she never sees the Senate floor.
    Please donate today and help us continue what we’ve started in Des Moines.

    Support IFC-PAC


  • We Just Caught A Gun-Control Leader In Iowa Spreading Lies

    The gun-control lobby has shined their spotlight on their chosen candidate in Iowa – Amber Gustafson, the leader of Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action in Iowa. Ms. Gustafson lives in the Ankeny area and is running for Iowa Senate, trying to unseat Majority Leader Jack Whitver.

    As the leader of the gun-control lobby in Iowa, you might think Amber would know a few things about Iowa’s gun laws, but we recently learned that in Amber’s case that’s just not true. It became obvious when Amber saw a headline that crime was rising in three Iowa cities and she took to Twitter to attempt to blame the gun lobby (i.e., IFC) for this trend.

    We responded, and that set off a very revealing chain of events…

    Apparently, Amber didn’t like being called out, which lead her went back to Twitter for long rant full of misrepresentations and showing her outright ignorance of Iowa’s firearms laws, specifically Chapter 724 of the state legal code where the majority of Iowa’s weapons laws reside.

    Considering she’s the former head of the gun control lobby in Iowa, who thinks she’d be a good fit to be someone who makes laws in Iowa, we were compelled to point out Amber’s flat-out failure to understand Iowa’s gun laws:

    We’re sharing this because it’s indicative of what’s at stake, and what’s taking place right now. The gun control lobby in Iowa is trying to force their way into the Iowa legislature. This Twitter tirade is just one example of what lies ahead if we, collectively, fail to act.

    If we want to keep misguided gun grabbers from putting their leaders into positions of power we need you. The Iowa Firearms Coalition can lobby, we can provide you with alerts and emails, and we can work with legislators to pass pro-gun owner legislation, but the truth is our real power rests with you and the thousands of other Iowans like you who are reading this email.

    If we are going keep gun control advocates like Amber Gustafson from being able to write firearms law in Iowa, we need you to mobilize. As move into campaign season IFC has critical for needs the following:

    Right now gun-grabbers across the country are riding high, fueled by sympathetic media coverage.

    The gun control lobby is going all in on this election cycle with candidates like Amber Gustafson, and they’re already seeing returns on their increased pressure. States like Oregon and Illinois are adding even more anti-freedom laws to their books. Meanwhile, traditionally pro-Second Amendment states like Florida and Vermont, the home of Constitutional Carry, have added their new gun control laws.

    If you think we’re immune to this in Iowa, you’re wrong.

    The only way we keep this from coming to our state is to put our people in motion. That means you. That means working to make sure we keep pro-Second Amendment majorities Des Moines. We’ve got a plan in place, but what we need are people who are willing to work. People who truly value their freedom. People who recognize that defending the Second Amendment requires more than voting.

    There’s no shortage of things to be done and ways to help. The question is are you willing to step up and help shoulder the load?

    Thanks for your time and your efforts,

    Iowa Firearms Coalition


  • Here’s Who in the Iowa Senate Just Voted For & Against YOUR Right to Keep & Bear Arms

    The next step in the process is to do this again in the next General Assembly of the Iowa legislature. If we can pass it there, it goes to a vote of the people on a statewide ballot.

    We won’t make any bones about it, this is not an easy task. BUT, we think the Right to Keep and Bear Arms of the People of Iowa is worth the effort. Don’t you agree?

    In the meantime, here’s the list of who in the Iowa Senate thinks the State of Iowa should recognize the People of Iowa’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

    If you appreciate this information and work that IFC is doing on your part, please become a member!

    Click the image for a high-resolution version of the list

  • It’s time to ACT! Sign our petition and talk to your legislator!

    We don’t ring the alarm often, but in case you haven’t noticed, the push for gun control is louder than ever. Progress on solid, pro-Second Amendment bills has seemingly ground to a halt in the Iowa legislature. Bills that would recognize your rights in the Iowa Constitution, school parking lots, and in Iowa Courthouses haven’t moved in weeks.

    So far lawmakers have withstood calls for more gun control in Iowa, but they need to be reminded of who put them in office.They have shifted to responding those who are demanding gun control by considering new ideas that have been championed by gun control advocates at the Giffords Law Center. They are responding to the energized minority who have been screaming at the top of their lungs to oppose your freedom.

    The forums and meetings hosted by our legislators for the last few weeks have erupted with calls for assault rifle bans and other forms of gun control. As an example, the Scott County forum was one question after another calling for gun control:

    “How many people have to die to get weapons capable of mowing down tons of people are banned,?” she asked state legislatures.

    But she wasn’t the only one, a frustrated mother, expressed how scared she was as well. “One of the hardest things I’ve ever done is take my 15-year-old kid to central high school the day that 17 people died in Parkland Florida, so I’m mad about that,” she said.

    Lawmakers were also seen getting emotional on the topic. “No matter if you’re a democrat or republican we have got to come together, and decide that those babies are the most important things to us,” said Democratic State Representative, Phyllis Thede.  

    This is the conversation happening at the forums in our state. Nobody was there to demand that good gun bills get advanced.  The calls for gun control are what the elected officials are hearing. This is why our bills are halted. This is why we need YOU.

    Now is the time for gun owners to make our voices heard.

    We’re asking you first to sign this petition that states our expectations of the legislature. We will present this to the leaders in both the House and Senate next week to push our three remaining good gun bills forward.

    Recognize Our Second Amendment Rights and REJECT Gun Control


    Next, we are asking all of you engage your legislator this weekend. Either at a forum or by a phone call.

    A list of forums can be found here:

    You can learn how to find and contact your legislator here:

    Simply put, we are getting trounced at the grassroots level activism that matters right now. Emotional calls for gun control are being echoed by the media, Hollywood, schools, and some in the business community who are all trying to alienate us.
    We can’t wait until it is too late to fight back. We can’t wait until our bills are dead and bad bills are being heard on the floor of the Capitol to take action. We need you to get out this weekend or get on the phone and demand that three good gun bills advance and your legislator resist the calls for gun control.

    Please let us know about your experience this weekend by emailing info@iowafc.org to share any pictures, video, or recaps of the event.

    Thank You!

  • Des Moines Teacher Caught Promoting Gun Control Walkout

    Des Moines Roosevelt teacher caught using school PA system to encourage students to walk out of school and support gun control.

    Earlier this week Michael Shaw, a Social Studies teacher at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, promoted a student walkout for gun control and encouraged teachers and students to contact their representatives about changing gun laws. He did so in a broadcast to the entire school at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines.

    Our friends at Caffeinated Thoughts initially broke this story. Roosevelt Principal Kevin Biggs confirmed Shaw used the school public address system to encourage the school’s students to walk out of school and contact their legislators about changing current firearms laws.

    Principal Biggs admitted the announcement was not appropriate. According to Biggs the offending teacher, Mr. Michael Shaw, has been talked to about his actions and the error of his ways has been pointed out. Biggs also emailed all teachers at Roosevelt High School stating: “As teachers, I ask that you keep your personal and political opinions to yourself at this time.”  He said. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late in the case of activist Social Studies teacher Michael Shaw.

    All teachers, but especially public school teachers, who are paid with our tax dollars, have no business using our schools as a platform for gun control or any other political cause. School boards and administrators must not stand for this. Imagine what the response would be if a staff member used the Des Moines Roosevelt PA system to encourage students to oppose gun control efforts? Or what if someone on the district payroll got on the PA telling students to write their legislators about how armed staff is the only way to stop mass shootings? Somehow we doubt the response to that kind of message would be limited to a “talking to” and an after-the-fact email to all staff…

    Make sure politics stay out of your kids’ classroom!

    Now is the time for you to reach out to your local school districts and make sure this isn’t happening where your kids get their education. Contact your local school district’s leaders (superintendents and school board members) and remind them that schools are supposed to be objective places of learning and our students should never be used as pawns used to advance personal or political agendas.

    If you’re not sure what to say, here are some relevant points you should be raising with your kids’ schools:

    • Students should be free to form their own opinions without being swayed by the personal opinions of teachers or staff members.
    • What is your district policy on staff advocating for personal or political issues?
    • When was the last time it was reviewed by staff?
    • When is the next time this policy will be brought up?
    • What are the repercussions for staff that cross the line and use their position of authority to steer student opinions?
    • What are you currently doing to make sure that your schools remain as objective places of learning and not political recruiting grounds? i.e., What are doing to make sure your school doesn’t end up like Des Moines Roosevelt where teachers use the school PA to push their personal agendas?

    When you contact your local school district superintendent and school board with these questions you’ll not only be asking legitimate, valid questions, you’ll also be reminding them to keep one-sided politics out of our education system.

    Contact Information for Des Moines Roosevelt Leadership:

    Roosevelt High School Principal Kevin Biggs:  kevin.biggs@dmschools.org

    Heather Anderson, District One School Board Member:

    heather.anderson@dmschools.org

    Des Moines Superintendent Thomas Ahart:

    superintendent@dmschools.org

    Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Chair of the DMPS Board:
    teree.caldwell-johnson@dmschools.org

    Cindy Elsbernd, Vice Chair:
    cindy.elsbernd@dmschools.org

     

  • First Legislative Funnel Cleared

    The first funnel is clear and here is an update to where we are at for the session.

    – HJR 13 RKBA Ammendment has cleared the Judiciary Committee of both chambers. This bill remains our TOP priority because it is the foundation of your freedom. HJR 13 and the Senate companion bill remain viable and will continue to advance.

    – Courthouse carry has cleared the House Judiciary Committee and is a direct response to the overreaching action of Chief Justice Cady. This is a check on judicial power that would define where Justice Cady’s order would apply and chip away at the restriction put in place last summer. This bill is waiting on the full House.

    – School parking lot carry, this is the bill that would allow a parent to remain armed when dropping off or picking up their child at school. This bill has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and is ready to advance.

    -Permitless Carry, otherwise known as Constitutional Carry has been removed from the Senate agenda without comment. Permitless Carry remains a goal for IFC, but it was dropped under a cloud of tragedy from current events and with the understanding that its future had a very steep path to overcome.

    – May issue permits, Bump stock bans, semi-auto bans, carry restrictions, private transfer bans, and every other ridiculous gun control proposal made by over twenty members of our legislature have been officially defeated.

    Now is the time to make our voice heard and push these bills to the finish line.

    Stay tuned for the next push to get these bills heard.