DES MOINES – The Iowa Republican Party is now conducting a fundraising campaign to “defend the 2nd amendment.”
This week, the Republican Party of Iowa Co-Chairman David Fischer called on Iowa’s elected officials to reaffirm and defend the Constitutional right of Iowans to defend themselves after Iowa State Representative Dan Muhlbauer said he believed in both the banning of legally owned semi-automatic firearms as well as the confiscation of guns from law abiding Iowa residents.
“Iowans don’t support leaders who would disregard the Constitution and attempt to confiscate guns they own completely legally,” said newly-elected Republican Party Co-Chairman David Fischer. “I question if some Iowans would have supported Dan Muhlbauer if they had known his extreme views on confiscating legally owned guns from law abiding citizens.”
Representative Muhlbauer has achieved national headlines with an interview he gave calling for the confiscation of even basic types of guns from Iowans, including those already legally owned by law-abiding citizens. In an interview last week with Douglas Burns of the Carroll Daily Times, Representative Dan Muhlbauer stated he believed semi-automatic firearms should be banned completely. When asked if a ban should be instituted only for future purchases or backdated on those guns already owned, Representative Muhlbauer responded, “We need to get them of the streets, illegally, and even if you have them I think we need to start taking them.”
In response Iowa GOP Co-Chairman David Fischer issued the following statement:
“Chilling statements like this show that Representative Dan Muhlbauer clearly doesn’t understand the Constitutional protections of the second amendment or fourth amendment. His idea that the government should “start taking” our guns is especially troubling. The Republican Party is prepared to stand with the people of Iowa and fight for their constitutionally guaranteed right to defend themselves and their families. We also believe the fourth amendment guarantees us the right to be secure in our homes without unreasonable search and seizure.”
“Absolutely nowhere in the Constitution does it give the government the right to confiscate our guns. I call on Iowa’s elected officials to reaffirm and defend the constitutionally guaranteed right of Iowans to defend themselves and their families. In addition, the Republican Party will lead a fervent campaign to reject these extremist views and unseat Mr. Muhlbauer in 2014 and elect a candidate who truly understands the principles of freedom.”