Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Voters' guide to the 2010 Iowa primary

For those still undecided (or uncommitted) here in Iowa, the Des Moines Register has a convenient Compare the Candidates for the 2010 primary. Look under social issues for the candidates' views of guns. From lukewarm Branstad's "I support the 2nd Amendment" to the support by Roberts and Vander Plaats of Iowa's "shall issue" permit legislation that just passed this year.

Also received on Monday was Iowa Gun Owners' guide to various state campaigns:
Governor Branstad has not replied to our survey at all.

Rod Roberts responded to the survey with 100% pro-gun answers.

Bob Vander Plaats responded to the survey with 100% pro-gun answers.

This means that Roberts and Vander Plaats have both pledged to sign the REAL Right-to-Carry bill, if elected, when it comes to their desk.

They have also pledged to support the other bill that Iowa Gun Owners had introduced this year: a bill to repeal Iowa's permit to acquire. This is the law that makes law abiding Iowans get government permission before they can exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

Both have also promised to support the Castle Doctrine bill, if elected, that allows you to defend yourself and your family in your home if attacked. Current law requires you to retreat if possible - from your own home.

We have heard nothing from the Branstad campaign. It is concerning when a candidate will not complete a survey. A candidate can say what they want, but without a signed survey you and I don't really know where they stand on the issues.

IGO alert - 6/7/10
One of the most important things one can do is to vote their conscience.

Speaking to my Iowa readers who are members of either the Democrat or Republican parties, get out and vote today. (I believe the Libertarians have their candidates already chosen and I don't care who the Socialist, Green or Whozits parties choose).

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