Twelve years ago, when I started Iowa Gun Owners to deal with Iowa’s oppressive concealed carry laws, there was such a thing as a ‘blue dog’ Democrat in the Iowa legislature.
These were fiscally conservative Democrats who were in the middle of the road when it came to social issues like our great Second Amendment.
If you’ve been involved in the fight for gun rights for a while, you’ll remember that it was House and Senate Democrats (along with a Democratic Governor) who signed ‘Shall Issue’ legislation into law in 2010 — after Iowa Gun Owners members forced their hand.
In fact, almost two dozen of these ‘blue dogs’ voted in favor of that legislation in 2010, knowing that it was the right thing to do and hoping it would help their reelection chances.
Today, everything is different in Des Moines.
Radical leftists have declared war against the Second Amendment and are feverishly introducing bills like:
>>> H.F. 125; which would put you in the state penitentiary for ten years for the ‘crime’ of buying an AR-15 or a magazine that holds over ten rounds of ammunition!
>>> H.F. 123; which would enact ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ laws that would empower liberal judges to order your firearms to be seized based on the word of an embittered ex-spouse during a secret court hearing that you know nothing about, all before you’ve been charged or convicted of anything!
>>> H.F. 115; which would repeal Iowa’s decade old ‘Shall Issue’ legislation and send Iowa back to the era where a sheriff could deny you the right to carry a firearm for any reason they want!
It’s safe to say that every single Democrat in Des Moines hates the Second Amendment, they hate gun owners like you and me who fight to protect it, and they are doing everything they can to make you into a criminal for owning the firearms that we use every day for defense against criminals and tyrants!
And these three bills are just three of dozens of gun control bills that gun-grabbers have thrown at us over the last two years.
I’ll be honest, I don’t see this trend reversing any time soon. In fact, I think it’s only going to heat up, and that is doubly true if the Iowa House flips this fall.
That’s why I am writing you today.
The mission of Iowa Gun Owners has always been to stop gun control, advance pro-gun legislation, and to hold the politicians who stand in the way of those goals accountable.
Each of these efforts are vitally important to the future of our freedoms here in Iowa — but they come at a cost.
And when you combine our work to stop gun control bills in Des Moines with our fight to advance Constitutional Carry law, while also pouring pressure on Iowa’s Congressional delegation to stop H.R. 5717 in Washington while simultaneously getting ready for the 2020 election cycle, the costs add up FAST!
And while I’m able to make budget allotments at the beginning of the year after we complete our annual renewal program, after the first few months of the year, I often am forced to make cuts in our programs because we can’t afford them.
With the growing threats that we are facing, that is the last thing that I want to do.
And that’s why I’m excited to announce the launch of our new SENTINEL MEMBERSHIP program for Iowa Gun Owners!
As the name implies, Sentinel Memberships are for gun owners who want to help us stand guard and be the watchmen on history’s wall for our precious Second Amendment freedoms — to help make sure that our children and grandchildren do not grow up in a nation that criminalizes the private ownership of guns.
Specifically, Sentinel Memberships allow our supporters to make monthly donations of $17.76 (less than $.60 a day) to Iowa Gun Owners that will give us the critical support we need to fight for you year round!
This will enable us to be far more effective than we already are at addressing threats as they come up in real time.
But more than just helping Iowa Gun Owners fight more effectively, Sentinel Memberships come with a pile of swag options that we have never offered before.
For example, after your 6th month as a Sentinel Member, you will receive a brand new Iowa Gun Owners Pacific Headwear cap!
This hat comes with a flex fit design and mesh on the back side for maximum comfort.
A few months after you receive this hat, we will send you a newly redesigned Iowa Gun Owners T-Shirt, one that won’t be available to anyone else.
But that’s just the beginning!
Gun owners have been asking us for polos and hoodies to demonstrate their support in Iowa Gun Owners for years. Now, it’s finally happening.
And while the polos and hoodies you see below will soon be available for purchase by gun owners — as a Sentinel Member, you’ll receive these complimentary items at no cost, as our way of saying thanks for your ongoing support.
The IGO polo below features an embroidered IGO logo and will arrive at your door after your 16th month as a Sentinel Member, while our brand new IGO hoodie (the final piece of swag offered to Sentinel Members) is yours after your 21st month in the program.
I know that the members of Iowa Gun Owners don’t stand up for the Second Amendment or support this organization just because you get gear.
You do it because you love this great country and the Second Amendment freedoms that it was built on.
And as I said earlier, we do it because we owe a debt of honor to our Founding Fathers who gave up everything to give us a nation that enshrined our right to defend ourselves from tyranny.
But these freedoms are going to be attacked like we have never seen here in Iowa in the coming months and years, and we just aren’t in a place to face all these threats simultaneously right now.
If we are going to hold the line — to make sure that we can pass down our heritage of freedom to the next generation — I’m going to have to ask you to dig deep and commit to becoming a Sentinel Level Member in Iowa Gun Owners.
The gear above is our way of thanking you for going above and beyond as we all stand together and fight against socialism.
Sentinel memberships start at $17.76 per month in recognition of the start of our great nation. But if you would like to select a higher monthly gift, please do so, knowing that every penny goes to the fight for gun rights right here in Iowa.
Thank you, in advance, for standing up for our great Second Amendment and for your support of Iowa Gun Owners!
Iowa Gun Owners
P.S. The Democrats that we are facing in Des Moines these days are a far cry from the ‘blue dog’ Democrats that existed when Iowa Gun Owners was first launched.
Today’s socialists are pushing legislation in the Capitol that would DESTROY our beautiful Second Amendment forever, while making criminals out of tens of thousands of Iowans!
To help meet this growing threat, Iowa Gun Owners is announcing our new Sentinel Level Membership that allows members to make automatic monthly donations so that we have the ammo we need to fight back year round.
This program comes with an IGO hat, T-Shirt, polo, hoodie and more!
Thank you for standing up and fighting for our precious Second Amendment!