Two years ago, it was then-Public Safety Committee Chairman and State Representative Clel Baudler who tried to shut the doors of Iowa Gun Owners forever with a bogus 47-page ‘ethics charge,’ against me and our wonderful organization.
Of course, this complaint was dismissed 6-0 by the bi-partisan House Ethics Committee, as the complaint was absolutely absurd and motivated by Baudler’s personal animus alone.
The year before that, some of the most hostile Sheriffs in the Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association told us to get ready for a civil lawsuit — as they were angry at IGO for exposing them as the gun-control fighting force that they are.
The year before that, multiple city governments threatened us with legal action because we shut down their attempts to pass local gun control, embarrassing them at the same time!
And the year before that, then-Senator Steve Sodders tried to destroy Iowa Gun Owners by spreading the false rumors that IGO members were sending him death threats!
I could go on and on as Iowa Gun Owners has been hit with bogus ethics charges and threatened legal action almost every year of our existence by desperate anti-gun activists!
And that’s why I’m writing you today.
You see, with the Iowa caucuses just seven months away, the last thing that radical anti-gun Presidential contenders want to be worried about it having their agenda exposed for grassroots Iowans by Iowa Gun Owners.
Which is why, sadly, I’m fully expecting to be hit with another fake news driven legal challenge at any moment, and I need to know what you want me to do about it.
When I first started Iowa Gun Owners, over a decade ago, I never would have dreamed that things like this would happen in America, much less in Iowa.
But if the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that the left will use bogus allegations, fake news, manufactured dossiers, and politically driven ‘special prosecutors’ in their attempt to try to destroy President Trump.
So I guess we should not be that surprised that our political opponents here in Iowa are doing the exact same thing!
Sadly, it doesn’t matter that Iowa Gun Owners plays by the rules. It doesn’t matter that we don’t break laws (or even bend them) like so many other organizations do.
Nor does it seem to matter that we are always cleared of these spurious allegations (like the 6-0 vote in the House Ethics Committee) whenever they are filed against us.
More often than not, we’re attacked for just being effective at passing pro-gun bills like Stand-Your-Ground law and for exposing anti-gun lawmakers!
But with the Iowa caucuses heating up and about to go into overdrive this summer and into the fall, the gun-grabbers are going to use EVERY tool at their disposal — including legal attacks — to try to DESTROY our ability to expose anti-gun Presidential contenders.
That’s why, as you’ll see, I’ve prepared a brief three-question Iowa Gun Owners’ Member Ballot for your review.
More on that below.
This is a member driven organization, it always has been, and that is why I’m counting on receiving your advice right away.
As it stands right now, I do not have the funds to fight back against the gun-grabbers’ legal assaults — AND run a full program to expose anti-gun Presidential candidates — at the same time.
So Iowa Gun Owners will be a sitting duck unless I can fix this problem — FAST.
The truth is, even when we win these bogus fights, the cost in time and money are extremely expensive.
When we defeated the charges before the House Ethics Committee, for example, it was a great day to be sure.
But it came at the cost of thousands of dollars in legal fees and over a solid week of time that I had to spend in helping IGO’s legal team respond to the charges against us!
Sadly, I’m afraid this kind of nonsense just goes with the territory these days.
The gun-grabbers know that many people simply won’t fight back, as the costs add up and the media is allowed to drag your name through the mud — as they did in my case.
They know that if gun owners like you and me just give up, they will be free to take a sledgehammer to our most cherished freedoms without ever having to face angry voters here in Iowa!
I’ve never, ever believed that’s the way politics should work — not for a second. I still believe politicians work for us, not the other way around. That’s why I started Iowa Gun Owners in the first place.
Without organizations like Iowa Gun Owners out there to call politicians to the carpet for their records, I shudder to think how many MORE of our freedoms would have already been tossed by the wayside.
That’s why they want to shut us up so badly ahead of the caucuses here in Iowa, at the time that we need to be sounding the alarm louder than ever!
Just some of the things we want to make sure every gun owner in the state knows using our email program, targeted social media, and radio and internet ads includes:
>>> Former Vice President Joe Biden’s plan to register every single
firearm along with every single gun owner in the nation, under
the guise of ‘universal background checks.’
>>> Senator Bernie Sanders’ goal to unilaterally declare the AR-15 rifle
(and hundreds of similar firearms) illegal overnight, like New Zealand
did earlier this year!
>>> Senator Elizabeth Warren’s desire to make you a felon and put you
in prison for the ‘crime’ of selling or even giving away a 15 round
handgun magazine to a buddy or family member!
I could go on and on, as these candidates are all-but tripping over themselves to see who can promise to attack
our God-given right to keep and bear arms the most if elected!
And while I’d like to assume that no candidate who believes this garbage could ever gain any traction in our beloved Iowa, I can’t ignore the fact that Iowa voted for President Obama TWICE!
That’s why our caucus cycle exposure program is so vitally
In fact, until just a few days ago, my hope was to run a massive program leading up to the Iowa Caucuses — using mail, emails, Internet ads, and even hard-hitting radio and TV ads if I could raise the money to pay for them.
But I’m afraid, as it stands right now, I won’t be able to afford to stave off more bogus legal/ethic charges AND still fund our caucus programs at the same time.
I know we’ve done nothing wrong. But given how many times gun-grabbers have tried to muzzle us, I can’t just sit back and hope for the best. We simply must prepare for the worst.
So I need you to tell me what to do:
OPTION #1: Should I ignore the legal threats, hope nothing bad happens, and go all-in with a full-scale program to expose out-of-control anti-gun Presidential candidates?
OPTION #2: Should I just give in to the threats that will likely come from these gun-grabbers, cancel our
entire caucus operation, and put all my focus onto these frivolous legal threats?
I know what I want to do. But I don’t have millions of dollars sitting around in the bank like BILLIONAIRE Michael Bloomberg and his pals do.
Iowa Gun Owners is run on a shoestring budget.
OPTION #3 just really isn’t an “option” without a massive and IMMEDIATE influx of funds from Iowa Gun Owners’ members and supporters.
I know that’s asking a lot, but the stakes couldn’t be higher and doing nothing is just not an option.
I don’t know about you, but the idea that these radical gun-grabbers think that they can strut into Iowa and try to crush our freedoms and get away with it infuriates me.
This is our state! This is where we raise our families!
And I’ll be damned if I’m going to stand by and do nothing while a bunch of insane gun-grabbers try to use our beautiful state as a launch pad for their end goal of turning America into a liberal disaster!
The caucuses will be in full swing before we know it, and the attacks on our gun rights are only going to heat up, so I need to hear from you right away.
Please fill out your Iowa Gun Owners’ Member Ballot right away!
Chairman of the Board
Iowa Gun Owners
P.S. Any day now, I expect Iowa Gun Owners to come under legal attack, as it has become a standard tactic in the gun-grabbers playbook here in Iowa.
I have some very critical decisions to make in just a couple of weeks, as we try to prepare for a major program to expose gun-grabbers in advance of the Iowa caucuses –- so I need to hear from you right away.