Second Amendment Supporters Gather At Rally
Searsboro, Iowa – Supporters of the Second Amendment once again descended upon the spacious gun range owned by local gun supply business Brownells.
The annual event that is hosted by the Iowa Firearms Coalition, The National Rifle Association and Brownells brings together manufacturers and vendors of guns and accessories, training, and legislators.
“The event started as an idea from IFC leadership to try and help bring people together to not only have a good time shooting guns, but also to raise awareness of IFC and get people educated on the problems we still face here in Iowa,” said Iowa Firearms Coalition President Jeff Burkett.
In its 6th year, the event has grown from approximately 600 visitors to over 1500 visitors each year. “We put on this event to have a good time, but the main purpose is to raise awareness and involvement at the grassroots level. Our rights have been slowly eroded over time because we haven’t been protecting them. It’s time to restore the Second Amendment to what it was intended to be, a restriction on government not a restriction on people,” said Burkett.
Burkett says that the theme of the rally is about, “acknowledging the importance of taking back our Second Amendment rights that have been infringed over time,” adding, “The most important issue in Iowa is getting strong constitutional protection in our state constitution.”
Anyone interested in learning more about IFC and NRA are welcome to check out our website, www.iowafc.org, and we often answer questions that we get from e-mail on many Second Amendment related issues.
State Senator Ken Rozenboom was one of many Republican politicians who took part at Saturday’s rally. “I was pleased to be one of the estimated 1200 folks who came to show their support for the Second Amendment, to fire some unusual weapons, to enjoy fine food and to vet some of the candidates for next year’s mid-term elections.”
Rozenboom took the opportunity to fire one of the fully automatic weapons available. His choice was a Thompson sub-machine gun. With a full magazine in hand, the weapon was loaded and the Senator was able to gain the experience of firing a fully automatic weapon. Many users like Rozenboom were able to rent a magazine, enabling them to experience the difference in firing in full auto, versus the civilian versions that are semi-automatic in nature.
“Thanks to the Iowa Firearm Coalition for organizing a great rally, and for all they do to help us protect the Second Amendment. Well done!,” Rozenboom said in conclusion.