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Enough: Improve Iowa School Security Now!

Enough: Improve Iowa School Security Now!

(DES MOINES, Iowa) — In the wake of Monday’s senseless act of targeted violence at the Starts Right Here outreach center, the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) is again calling on Des Moines and state education officials to begin implementing proven strategies to address an active attack.  
“Our prayers are with the families of all those who are grieving and have been hurt by this act of pure evil,” said IFC President Dave Funk. “Current Iowa Code is already on the books that’s designed to empower our education officials in Des Moines and throughout the state to take steps to protect our children at school from an active threat. We call on them to do so now.”
Iowa Code 724.4B allows school districts to regulate armed personnel on school grounds and IFC has proudly offered the organization’s support and expertise to school districts which have expressed interest in implementing strong security measures. This legislative session, IFC is also working with lawmakers to usher in new reforms that would allow for more self-defense tools on school grounds. 
In December, IFC held a free seminar for educators, members of law enforcement and the public in Des Moines to help Iowans who oversee soft targets to develop their own strategies to improve security measures.  
Last year, the Spirit Lake and Cherokee School Boards each voted unanimously to implement programs that allow for specially selected and trained staff members to carry self-defense tools inside their respective schools. 
“It’s long overdue for Iowa’s education officials to put their personal politics aside and allow those who love their students enough to protect them to do so,” said Funk. “When seconds count, our children deserve to have well-trained personnel on campus who are willing and able to take out a threat immediately. It is unconscionable that banks, elected officials and government owned properties have better security measures in place than our schools, our children are worth protecting.”   
The Iowa Firearms Coalition, an affiliate of both the NRA and the NSSF, is a 501(c4) nonprofit and is Iowa’s only effective pro-Second Amendment rights organization.
To the American Warfighter, Thank You.

To the American Warfighter, Thank You.

From those of us here at IFC to you the American warfighter, thank you for your service to our great nation. You swore an oath to the United States Constitution, to support and defend it against all enemies foreign or domestic. It’s through your service and sacrifice that we can live and prosper here. There are generations of people in far off lands that have learned what freedom is through your service. Protecting the innocent and guarding our freedoms that are taken for granted by many, but not by us.

Here at IFC we value your service, that’s why we fought to add the Freedom Amendment to Iowa’s Constitution. It’s why we do everything within our power to prevent tyrannical laws like red flags or extreme risk protection orders, so that you can sleep peaceably knowing you won’t receive a 3am no knock. We will continue to work tirelessly to keep the very rights you fought for intact.

To show our gratitude we would like to offer you a discounted membership, simply click here and follow the prompts to join today. Thank You!

Vote FOR Freedom

Vote FOR Freedom

I’m urging you to flip your ballot and vote YES for the Freedom Amendment this November.

As a member of this community, and a volunteer for the group responsible for getting this measure on the ballot I feel its necessary people hear from me on this issue.

I’m the Communications Director of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. An all-volunteer grassroots Second Amendment advocacy group that fights daily for Iowans liberties.

As a combat veteran I’ve been to countries where average citizens can’t afford the rights or means of self-preservation.

As a first responder I understand fully the importance of protecting our children. Which is why the IFC pushed to allow off duty police to carry on school campuses, and to also change the law allowing schools themselves decide to arm staff or hire School Resource Officers.

That’s why I volunteer for the IFC, to preserve and protect the very freedoms I was once willing to sacrifice for abroad.

Voting for this amendment enshrines in the Iowa Constitution the recognition and protection of this fundamental human right.

Unlike what the opposition has continue to run, this amendment will not change the gun right status for prohibited possessors such as felons and domestic abusers. It will also not remove background checks.

The purpose is to restrict the chance any unconstitutional gun laws may have at passing. You can’t call yourself pro Constitution while being against this measure.

The issue is nonpartisan and is showing large scale support of over 60% of Iowans being in favor of it.

Strict Scrutiny is the piece that our opposition is taking issue with. It is the highest level of judicial review, often used when the constitutionality of a law is being challenged. What this means is that the courts must look at these cases with the highest level of prejudice. It shouldn’t be easy to strip Constitutionally protected rights, let’s not make it that way.

We know full well that if we would have added verbatim the Second Amendment, the anti-liberty crowd would still take issue with it.

So, vote yes, for freedom!

AR/AK Platform Most Popular Centerfire Hunting Rifle

AR/AK Platform Most Popular Centerfire Hunting Rifle

Winchester Ammunition conducted a survey of 1600 centerfire rifle hunters and the results were published by our ally the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The study shows that 60% of hunters who use a centerfire rifle prefer that of the Armalite and Avtomat Kalashnikova.

It should come as no surprise that the two most popular platforms in the world are the tool of choice when harvesting animals for nourishment. With the modularity of the AR and the reliability of the AK, they’re both a proven and effective choice.

We’ve heard for years the left proclaiming that “AR’s aren’t for hunting!” This study proves that the most popular weapons of choice for protecting liberty and filling the freezer are that of the modern sporting rifle. Below is a quote from someone who likely in casual conversation says “I support the Second Amendment but…” 

The Tampa Bay Times transcribed Nelson’s Fox & Friends appearance, where he said, in part: “I want you to know I grew up on a ranch. I have grown up with guns. I have hunted all my life. I hunt with my son still. An AR-15 is not for hunting, it’s for killing. And the question is, should this be a legal weapon in our society?”

From competition, conservation and casual use, it’s hard to beat the AR. With it being capable of hosting many calibers, from shotgun and .22 up to 45.70 and more. The ability to simply swap an upper to change calibers makes it ideal for any situation and Americans any aged(responsibly).

The AK has been used in combat since it’s inception, unlike the AR. It is an unstoppable weapon system, rain, mud, or heavy abuse won’t slow it down. They’re the only good thing that has come from Communism. The first time I was ever able to fire an AK was in Afghanistan. Who knows what that rifle had seen, killed, or saved. All I know is it was on the good guys side, it’s wood was weathered, finish was non existent but it still fired like it was brand new. No telling how accurate it was as I fired it full auto into a berm. Nonetheless, a solid choice for hunting where it’s permitted.

Here is the article from which the information was pulled.

In the comments, tell us what your favorite platform and caliber is for harvesting wild game and please consider becoming a member of the Iowa Firearms Coalition today!

Dangers of Red Flag Laws

Dangers of Red Flag Laws

You can’t surf the web, social media, or tv channels without seeing the news of yet again another preventable mass shooting. Like clockwork the self proclaimed leaders of the world are promising to impose restrictions that only affect those of us who follow the current laws. Meanwhile, they are tucked away in ivory towers secured by the very men and women they wish to disarm. I know this all to well, because I am one of those people who frequently provides security to them. I do it because I truly believe everyone has the right to speak freely, protest peacefully, and feel secured in their day to day life. Obviously they’re well aware of the hypocrisy, they’re just playing the for profit game of politics. 

I’m going to be candid; I believe red flag laws are the line in the sand for a lot of people. On one hand I understand a large majority of our government and country want them. On the other, there are those who believe this absolutely is the hill to die on. Then there are always those who just go along with the majority often out of ignorance. Either way, imposing red flag laws to put it bluntly will result in casualties on all ends. 

There aren’t many issues that I stress over, but if I were to feel uneasy about something it would be red flag laws. As I stated above, I think it’s a line in the sand, not that I have a line, but it is something that will push people to a breaking point as well as force them to take a side in the true fight for freedom.

What we know;
• They violate due process (4th Amendment)
• They will absolutely be used out of spite by anyone who knows you have weapons and suddenly decides you shouldn’t have them. They can make a phone call, without evidence, and have you arrested, your rights stripped making you guilty until proven innocent.
• We’ve seen many times where Peace Officers leave their jobs due to being given an unlawful order, I imagine “blue flu” will be even more common in this case.
• Veterans or anyone with post traumatic stress will be targeted.
• Veterans/First Responders already don’t seek treatment for mental health out of fear of repercussion, this will only make it worse.
• It is going to be deadly for anyone enforcing them or on the receiving end.
• Above all it’s a violation of freedom.

I am a Veteran, and a first responder who unfortunately is put into situations that have been and will be burned into my memory for the rest of my life, that is a burden I’m willing to take on so someone else doesn’t have to. If red flag laws were to be imposed, I am now a target for them because of the things I was put through. I just trained a SWAT team to breach buildings, am I to believe they would use those same tactics against me? I don’t believe it, because those folks are the same caliber of people as myself.

I know Veterans currently who don’t attend AA meetings, don’t claim PTSD at the VA, don’t attend support groups because they are afraid of being red flagged. With that the possibility of having their insurance rates increased, and afraid their civil rights may be precluded. What incentive do folks have to work on or improve their disposition if we punish them for it? That is right now even without red flag laws, just imagine if we did have them, suicide rates would increase drastically.

It would take one heated debate, one online comment taken out of context, a breakup, or an angry neighbor making a phone call to local law enforcement to have someone embarrassed, violated, rights stripped, or worse. That is the danger of red flag laws, and it would affect anyone regardless of political affiliation. It would absolutely be weaponized. 

I agree our mental healthcare system needs fixed, I agree mass shootings need prevented, but red flag laws aren’t the path to preventing these tragedies.

Join the fight today by clicking Iowa Firearms Coalition.

The Taxman Cometh!

The Taxman Cometh!

We are a country birthed from rebellious acts such as the Boston Tea Party, so color me shocked when I heard the news of the IRS wanting to hire 87,000 new agents. There are roughly 80,000 IRS employees currently, so this would double the agencies tax collectors. The claim is that the agency will be targeting those large corporations and wealthy people who are great at avoiding taxes. We all know that shouldn’t require doubling their agency and that it will most definitely be targeting those of us who work, go home, and want to be left alone. President Reagans popular quote about the 9 most dangerous words comes to mind.

The funding is coming from the Inflation Reduction Acts $80 billion dollars, $46 billion of that is going to the IRS new super soldier program. The worst part of this in my opinion is the job posting the IRS listed then hurriedly removed, see below. Three of the five bullet points on the job posting reference that this job is very dangerous. Why would collecting taxes be dangerous? It’s not like 75% of the average Americans income is taken through taxes…ha.

It’s an eerie feeling seeing the anti police crowd once again fund a federal police force. We just saw for the first time a federal agency raid a former president. Maybe the FBI thought hidden in Melania’s wardrobe was Hillary’s 30k emails, Jeffrey “didn’t kill himself” Epstein’s client list, or Hunter Bidens laptop, the world may never know. Regardless of your party affiliation, you should understand this is an unprecedented act. I can’t imagine the IRS will be any less tyrannical. Weaponizing federal policing agencies with a political motive is dangerous, for everyone. 

Imagine if you will, 87,000 new school resource officers, that seems like a good way to protect our most precious resource. It’s a shame the powers that be won’t ever come to a bipartisan solution that truly does protect our innocent and serve the American people.

If the Boston Tea Party were to happen today, what would it look like?

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“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29