It was reported a few days ago that Iowa Representative Dan Muhlbauer (D-Manilla) gave an interview to the Daily Times-Herald in response to the Newtown School Shooting. In his interview, Rep. Muhlbauer expressed his desire to not only ban semi-automatic rifles, but to confiscate them as well.
Rep. Muhlbauer has received a great deal of criticism over his comments, and he responded to the criticism by saying that his words were taken out of context. However, the Daily Times-Herald released the actual audio file of the interview. It’s very plain to anyone who listens to the interview that his words were not taken out of context at all. At 2:25 in the interview, when referring to “big guns” that “are not hunting weapons,” he is asked by the interviewer:
So we should ban them in Iowa?
To which Rep. Muhlbauer reponsds:
We should ban them in Iowa.
Twenty seconds later, he says:
If you have them, we need to start taking them.
He follows up with:
Those guns should not be in [the] public's hands.
Why does Rep. Muhlbauer believe these firearms are not legal? Because nobody hunts with them, and as a farmer, the firearms he owns are small in comparison. He has obviously (perhaps conveniently) forgotten the purpose of the Second Amendment.
Rep. Muhlbauer took an oath of office when he was elected to his position. The threat of confiscation of legally owned firearms amounts to nothing less than armed robbery, since it would likely be carried out by either law enforcement or military personnel who themselves are armed. Semi-automatic rifles are the cornerstone of a citizen’s protection from a tyrannical government, and they are protected by our Constitution. Rep. Muhlbauer’s comments are treasonous in nature, and what he is suggesting is blatantly illegal. If Iowa voters cared at all about “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain,” they would immediately begin a recall petition to remove Rep. Muhlbauer from office. Based on the content of the audio file, his intentions are clear. He will not be happy until Iowans who own semi-automatic rifles have been relieved of their weapons - by force, if necessary.
It would also be a good time for Iowans to contact Rep. Muhlbauer and tell him that if a law were passed that made the owning of these weapons illegal, we will not comply. Rep. Muhlbauer's office can be reached at 515-281-3221, and his e-mail address is email@example.com.
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