Vying for a United States Senate seat in Iowa this fall are two farmers, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, and former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge. Though each may be planting their own unique seed of hope, what is expected to grow from it varies very much by candidate.

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Republican Senator Grassley (above) has senate ties going back to 1980, and he’s been showing up every day since. Known for the longest record of not missing a vote, it is clear that when Grassley has an opinion, he shows up to act on it. This has proven useful to the gun community for which he has shown immense support over the years. Rated A+ by the NRA, Senator Grassley has been outspoken about gun rights, voicing his concerns about issues up to and including finding the right person to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy.

Other issues Senator Grassley has been willing to tackle head-on include voting to prohibit firearm confiscation during a state of emergency, something that his home state of Iowa as well as the rest of the country can appreciate. Equally important is his opposing stance on “assault weapon” legislation and standard-capacity magazine bans. Senator Grassley also supports national Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation, and he opposed gun control laws for Washington, D.C. At one time he did attempt to pass a gun control measure that would bolster background-check funding, but it did not pass.

It's interesting that guns are a hot topic in the Iowa senate race, and a gun-toting farmer is shown on the state's seal.
It’s interesting that guns are a hot topic in the Iowa senate race, and a gun-toting man is shown on the state’s seal.

When questioned in the past about high-capacity magazine law changes in Colorado after the Aurora shooting, Grassley stated, “Tens of millions of these magazines have been lawfully owned in this country for decades. They are in common use, not unusually dangerous, and used by law-abiding citizens in self-defense, as in the case of law enforcement.”

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Ready to make a power move for the sake of this senate seat is former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (above). Democratic candidate Judge has issued a call-to-action of sorts in the name of gun control. When a bill preventing the purchase of firearms by suspected terrorists was recently blocked, Patty Judge declared her support and the need to enact similar regulations. This bill in particular is not the only type of legislation she wishes to see go into effect; supporting expanding background checks is also part of her platform.

Also on Judge’s agenda are “assault weapons,” and she intends to support doing something to limit access to them. Although she is not opposed to hunting game animals, she has stated that the time to adopt tighter gun control is now. Judge has declared it’s also time to close “loopholes” that endanger the people of our country regardless of the NRA. At a fundraiser in Ames, Iowa, she stated that the NRA will come after her regardless, and that they cannot force silence on such issues any longer.

“Chuck Grassley’s refusal to hold confirmation hearings on the Supreme Court is unprecedented, and a prime example of putting politics before what’s best for the country,” Judge declared on her website. Following that statement is her support of Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland, who has a history of anti-gun rulings: “It’s past time for Chuck Grassley to do his job and give Judge Garland the hearing and vote he deserves.”

Despite Patty Judge’s anti-gun stance, it does seem as though her metaphoric guns are blazing when it comes to the firearms facing our country today. Should she nab the seat from Senator Grassley, it is almost guaranteed that gun control will be on her schedule.

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6 thoughts on “Guns Rights Divide Candidates in Upcoming Iowa Senate Race

  1. The TRUTH about the “supremacy clause” – our Constitution does not delegate to the national government authority to restrict our arms, ammunition, regulate firearms dealers, do background checks, etc. The national government may not lawfully circumvent this restriction by means of a treaty wherein the signatory governments agree to disarm their Citizens or Subjects.

    Attn. publius huldah website

  2. If you are one that believes the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of what is lawful and constitutional, then you have believed a lie and a myth that Jefferson warned about. The States still retain their rights to this day to defy the federal judiciary, which has become an oligarcy. We just need strong statesmen as governors and legislatures to make that stand!

    In writing to William Jarvis, Jefferson said, “You seem . . .
    to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

    The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow) working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step
    like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.”

  3. New Yorks 1,000,000 new illegal gun owners..

    REFUSED TO REGISTER THEIR WEAPONS!

    One million plus new felons, all armed with scary, high capacity,
    MEDIA LABELED assault weapons!

    The deadline for New York residents to register their so called
    “Assault Weapons” and “High” (read standard) Capacity Magazines came and went.

    An estimated million plus, formerly law abiding, gun owners have
    refused to comply with Cuomo and down state Democrat’s naive belief that the NY Safe Act, passed in a so called emergency session of the New York legislature, could force free people to register their hard earned property.

    And who can blame these once lawful gun owners, with a president that
    picks and chooses which laws he will follow or enforce, as well as an Federal Attorney General that operates daily with a Contempt of Congress charge and gun running scandal, “Fast & Furious”, hanging over his head. Why should the average New York joe, bother to follow the law, especially when it is in direct conflict with the Constitution of the United States, the one true law of the land.
    AMMOLAND

  4. Dear NRA…..

    Stop “negotiating” excuses to INFRINGE on OUR RIGHTS.

    If there must be background checks, let’s try this idea…
    Are there any ‘legislators’ that are interested in a Constitutional
    Background Check?

    Since SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED means exactly that..

    Let’s try a “Background Check” that DOES NOT INFRINGE on anybodies RIGHTS…
    A FULL, IN DEPTH background check for ALL Politicians, Bureaucrats, and ALL government employees, and set MINIMAL INTELLIGENCE, JOB SKILLS AND CHARACTER QUALITIES that must be met before they can run for office, be appointed or hired.

    That way, WE, THE PEOPLE, get a much better class of politicians and
    bureaucrats, as well as EMPLOYEES that can be trained to do the jobs they are being hired for.

    Any bets on how hard the political class will fight to prevent it?

    THAT would be a Background Check that nearly ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS will support and I don’t much care if the illegals and their sycophants don’t like the idea.

  5. Is the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Constitutional –
    Its a Trojan Horse..

    The bill is a dastardly trick and a Trojan horse for institutionalizing licenses, permits, national ID cards, etc.

    And the end game of all those licenses, permits, national ID cards and such is eventual confiscation of all arms. And after that extermination.

    Here is the 2014 edition: Attn. publius huldah website

    Also, the federal government has no constitutional authority to make ANY laws dictating who may and who may not carry arms; or under what circumstances people may and may not carry arms across State borders! Arms control of the people is not an enumerated power!

    video on arms, here it is: publius huldah website

    State concealed carry laws which require a “permit” is an idea crafted in the pits of hell. The real purpose is to register gun owners! People think it is so cool to have a permit for concealed carry – they don’t understand that it is like the free sample of heroin.

  6. Orlando jihadi bragged to coworkers about jihad ties, FBI called off investigation: “Islamophobia” – Jihad Watch

    Sources familiar with a classified briefing that Comey and National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen gave to House members this week said Mateen had also told his co-workers that he wanted to become a “martyr” in an operation. If the FBI “raided his house and killed his wife and child, that would free him to martyr himself in an operation,” Mateen had told co-workers, according to two sources who attended the briefing.

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