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Why do I like guns?

Let's be blunt - I like guns. 

I've liked them since I was a Boy Scout and earned my riflery merit badge at Camp Minneyata (eastern Iowa) in the 1960s, on the way to earning my Eagle and being inducted into the Order of the Arrow.

I've liked them since I took the NRA (now a life member) youth classes at a local indoor range, working my way through the ranks up to Sharpshooter fourth or fifth class (I've lost my medals).

I liked wearing my Smith and Wesson .357 magnum revolver when I was a Police Officer in my hometown.

I like taking my Glocks (G-17, G-41, G-43) to the range for practice (16,000 rounds so far in 2016)

I like competing in GSSF (Glock Sport Shooting Foundation) events (6 times in 2016).

I like competing in IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) events (5 times in 2016).

I like competing in USPSA (United States Practical Shooters Association) events (5 times in 2016).

And I particularly like taking my children and grandchildren to the range, teaching them gun safety, gun safety, gun safety, gun safety, so they will never be the victim of an accidental shooting.

But that's not what I wanted to talk to you about. What I wanted to do was give you my stand on the 2nd Amendment. I've copied it below, exactly as it is written in my platform. If you have any questions as to where I stand - please ask.

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2nd Amendment

I support the Constitution and all its Amendments, including the 2nd.

I do not think it should be necessary to get a permit to exercise your second amendment rights. If the government has some reason to think you should not be allowed to carry a gun, it is up to the government to make its case in a court of law.

It would be useful for Iowa to issue optional permits, in order for you to carry your gun in other, less enlightened states. This is a service to you and I would be OK with charging you a fee, to cover the costs of processing that optional permit (but not more than that).

We should also consider gun safety training as a normal part of a school's curriculum. Hopefully this would reduce accidental shootings by children with less than responsible parents. This would not be mandatory – I am not much of a fan of things the government says you have to do – so parents who didn't want their children to know how to safely handle guns could opt out.

That's where I stand on the 2nd amendment.

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The time is now. The job is ours. We can do it.

I need your vote on November 8th.

 

Rick Stewart

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