If you’re a member of Iowa Gun Owner’s Facebook page, then by now you’re well aware that this is the most active Facebook page in Iowa.
It’s packed with info on our right to protect the second amendment, and as part of that effort we highlight a pro-gun business of the week, every week.
Gun owners love to spend their money where their rights are appreciated, respected, and upheld.
And that’s why, ever since last summer, IGO has been very pleased to highlight and promote one of these businesses every week so that gun owners state-wide know that this business is a great place to go and spend their money.
And let me tell you, the results have been fantastic!
Some of these business owners have called and thanked us for mentioning them, saying they get a jump in sales in the days and weeks that follow these types of promotional posts.
Of course we’re happy to help out folks that support our right to defend ourselves and our families.
IGO features an anti-gun business of the week as well, so you know what businesses reject your right to carry a firearm to defend yourself and your family.
Many times, these businesses are contacted by one anti-gun zealot who thinks that guns magically fly out of your holster and shoot anyone that may be in the same business that you’re shopping.
Sometimes they are successful in encouraging the store owner or manager to post a sign that bans your ability to have a firearm for self-defense as you’re shopping in that store.
As much as IGO is willing to promote and thank pro-gun businesses, we are also willing to expose these anti-gun businesses where your money is well received but your second amendment rights are not.
And the results have been amazing!
Already since launching the program this summer, we have seen many businesses take down their anti-gun signs and instead respect your right to carry a firearm for self-defense.
The Harley-Davidson in Davenport, the Napa Auto Parts store in Des Moines, the Subway in Keokuk, gas stations in small towns all over Iowa, and many more have already changed their policies after receiving a handful of polite phone calls from Iowa Gun Owners members, thanks to this program.
(Another business here in Iowa, tossing their “No Guns Allowed” sign in the trash – thanks to the Iowa Gun Owners ‘No Guns – No Money’ program.)
Sometimes these businesses just don’t seem to get the message.
For example, an IGO member recently contacted us and told us that he took his spouse to the Mandolin Inn Bed & Breakfast, located at 199 Loras Boulevard in Dubuque, for a relaxing mini vacation.
He said that while enjoying breakfast one morning, he was discussing hobbies with the establishment’s owner, Amy Boynton, and as she discussed her love of art he discussed his love for firearms and the second amendment in general.
Hearing this, the owner asked him very aggressively if he happened to have a firearm on his person at that time.
When our member confirmed that he was armed to defend himself and his spouse, he was given a strict ultimatum – disarm or leave!
Suffice to say, our supporter did not spend any more of his time at the Mandolin Inn Bed & Breakfast!
We reached out to speak with the owner, Amy Boynton, and she confirmed her aggressively anti-gun policy.
In fact, she went so far as to say that if you are a cop or someone who “needs a gun,” that you would be welcome to spend your money with her.
But if you were a ‘regular,’ every-day law abiding citizen…like the type that spends money at a bed & breakfast…your money and your business were not welcome there.
Sadly, Miss Boynton, like so many other anti-gun business owners across the state, doesn’t understand that the majority of Iowans are pro-gun and support our right to self-defense.
As of this writing, it is too soon to tell whether Ms. Boynton will be changing her policy or not. If she does, we’ll be sure and let you know.
Things happen fast in politics, especially in Iowa. The IGO Facebook page is your source for all things gun-related here in Iowa.
We provide up to the minute breaking news on issues that affect your gun rights, as well as legislative updates literally on-the-fly from committee rooms in the state Capitol.
More, you’ll learn where candidates stand at election time, which businesses do or do not support your right to keep and bear arms, self-defense tips, and a whole host of other useful, gun-related facts.
So if you haven’t had a chance to join the approximately 70,000 Iowans who enjoy banding together to fight for their second amendment freedoms, make sure to join OUR PAGE today!
In addition to that, I hope you’ll get involved in our program to highlight pro-gun and anti-gun business each and every week here in Iowa.
If you know of, work in, own or operate a pro-gun business, please make sure to send us an email letting us know the details of your business: such as the business name, address, city, and any other pertinent information.
We’ll be happy to highlight your pro-gun business in upcoming posts on our Facebook page.
Alternatively, if you’ve ever been kicked out of a business because you carried a firearm for self-defense, or you come across a business that has a sign that makes it clear that they despise your right to self-defense, we hope you’ll contact us then, too.
The same information would be useful- business name, address, city, and a photograph of the sign would be fantastic. (Just snap one with your cell phone and email it to us.)
You can contact us in the following ways:
1) By Facebook; “Like” our Facebook page and feel free to contact us via private message or in the comments section about your pro or anti-gun business.
2) By phone; our office number is 515-309-7858 and we’re here six days a week fighting for your gun rights.
3) Email us; our email box is always open and you can contact us at [email protected].
Either way, we hope you’ll get involved in our online page as we fight for our second amendment rights here in Iowa. Almost 70,000 Iowans are here waiting for you!
P.S. If you haven’t gotten involved yet, approximately 70,000 Iowans are waiting for your involvement on the Iowa Gun Owners Facebook page. On this page you’ll get:
1) Up to the minute legislative updates on issues that affect your gun rights.
2) Information on which businesses and stores support or reject your right to carry a firearm for self-defense.
3) Information on where candidates stand at election time.
4) Self-defense tips from some of the nation’s leading self-defense experts, and much, much more!
Once you “Like” our Facebook page, we hope you’ll be a part of our grassroots army. If you own, work at, or shop in a pro-gun business, please make sure to let us know about it so we can highlight it for our members across the state.
At the same time, if you’ve ever been kicked out of, or shopped in an anti-gun business that does not respect your right to self-defense, we hope you’ll inform us of that as well.
Let us know the name of the business, address, city and if you have one, a photograph of the sign on the front of the business.