State of Iowa Archives: on Gun Control

Sam Clovis: 2nd Amendment is about liberty, not just gun rights

I am a member of the National Rifle Association, the Hawkeye Rifle and Pistol Club and a holder of a concealed-carry permit. Suffice it to say that I will always support and defend Second Amendment protections. However, protecting the Second Amendment is about much more than gun rights.

Liberty is the second unalienable right mentioned in our Declaration of Independence. Liberty, which is more than freedom, deals with the exercise of free will, the exercise of conscience and actions that protect the soul. The Second Amendment is the complete manifestation of all these factors as we live our lives in America. Liberty must be protected at all costs.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Nov 11, 2013

Joni Ernst: Staunch defender of the Second Amendment

Protecting Second Amendment Rights: Joni is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and opposes efforts by the government to infringe upon this fundamental right. She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and received an "A" rating from the NRA for her efforts to protect the rights of gun owners as a member of the state senate. Joni holds a concealed carry permit, carries a Smith and Wesson 9mm, and is Army qualified on the 9mm and M16.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Sep 9, 2013

Christopher Reed: Individual right to hunting guns and hand guns

Q: What is your position on the second amendment?

A: While in the Navy I was stationed in Virginia Beach. They had a concealed weapons law that law helped lower street and person to person crime, because no one knew who was and who was not carrying a concealed weapon. Thugs and bandits had to decide whether it was worth chancing a robbery. The 2nd amendment means individuals have the right to keep arms. Not just hunting guns but hand guns as well. I am committed to maintaining the 2nd amendment.

Source: The Iowa Brigade, email questionnaire Apr 2, 2008

Jack Hatch: Supports background checks, licensing, and enforcement

Source: 2002 Iowa Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Al Gore: Photo id’s for gun purchase; ban junk guns

Q: What would you do to stop violence in the schools?
A: The one thing that all these incidents have in common is that they involve guns. And that’s why I’ve helped to pass the toughest new gun-control measure in the last generation. I’m now proposing photo-license IDs for the purchase of a new handgun, a ban on assault weapons and Saturday night specials and so-called junk guns, and a policy of zero tolerance in our schools.
Source: Democrat Debate in Johnston Iowa Jan 8, 2000

Bill Bradley: Register and license all handguns

Q: What would you do to stop violence in the schools? A: The first step is commonsense gun control. And by that I mean registration and licensing of all handguns in America. If we can do that for automobiles, we ought to be able to do that for handguns.
Source: Democrat Debate in Johnston Iowa Jan 8, 2000

Gary Bauer: Churches should discuss souls, not gun resolutions

Q: Here in Iowa the mainline churches have talked about tighter gun control restrictions, calling for a ban on the possession and manufacturing and sale of hand guns. A: The churches should leave to politicians discussions about the regulation of various industries. The churches ought to be talking about the human heart, about the soul of America, and part of the problem is that some so-called mainline churches are passing resolutions about gun control, instead.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Gary Bauer: Promoting virtue would work better than passing gun laws

A President can do something about [gun violence]. He can put judges on the court that understand that our liberty comes from God, that He’s the author of it, and that only a virtuous people remain free and that, ultimately will be a lot more important than passing another gun law.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

George W. Bush: Best gun control is more prosecution & certain jail

Q: You are in favor of some gun controls?
A: I’m in favor of keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them like felons & juveniles. I’m for enforcing the laws on the books. In Texas, we’ve armed D.A.’s with extra money to prosecute people who break the law. We need to send a signal to people, don’t be illegally selling guns and don’t be illegally using guns. The best accountability for somebody who breaks the law with a gun is called jail, certain jail.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Steve Forbes: Prosecute crimes done with guns; not buying guns

Enforcement sends a very strong message. The Administration has been full of pious palaver about doing more about guns. But look what they’ve done: prosecutions for crimes committed with firearms; way down. What message does that send? Felons who try to get guns, they won’t let them buy the gun, but they don’t prosecute them for trying to get the gun. So prosecutions are way down. You bring a gun to a school, and there’s only 1 chance in 1,000 you’re going to be prosecuted. What message does that send?
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

John Kasich: Cool off before making new gun laws after Littleton

Although he voted for the 1994 federal ban on assault weapons, Kasich said that lawmakers should have a cooling-off period after high-profile acts of violence before trying to pass new laws. Kasich noted that the two students who killed 13 people and themselves last month in Littleton, Colo., violated 19 existing gun laws. “There were already a bunch of laws,” Kasich said. “The kids didn’t pay attention to the laws. I don’t think new laws will solve all the problems.”
Source: Omaha World-Herald, “Kasich Tours Iowa”, 5/23/99 May 23, 1999

John Kasich: More parenting better than more gun laws

Kasich said that the better response [to the Columbine shootings] may not involve gun control. He said parents could do more to help their children feel safe if they could choose where to send their children to school. He also advocated legislation that would allow businesses to provide more flexible working schedules, a change that he said would give parents more time at home with children. “In most homes, both parents work and nobody has the time to spend with their children anymore,” he said.
Source: Omaha World-Herald, “Kasich Tours Iowa”, 5/23/99 May 23, 1999

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