Iowa View: Carrying a gun is basic to U.S. rights [DMR]

Des Moines Register
By: Joni Ernst
August 22, 2013

Just this week, an escaped convict broke into the home of a retired southwest Iowa couple and held them hostage at gunpoint for several hours. This horrific event, which happened in my district, could easily have turned tragic for this innocent couple, were it not for two things: their bravery, and the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Fortunately for all, my constituents had a gun of their own and knew how to use it. And today, though they have been through a terrifying ordeal, they are safe.

This weekend, as Iowans from across the state gather in Searsboro for the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s fourth annual Second Amendment Rally, it is worth remembering what just occurred in southwest Iowa and reminding the nation that our Second Amendment is not simply a bunch of words on paper. It is a fundamental part of who we are as Americans.

It is the steel foundation upon which our freedom is built and the backbone of our God-given individual and constitutional right to protect ourselves and our families from those who would do us harm, be they an intruder or a tyrannical government.

As a mother, a soldier and a conservative, I take defense of the Second Amendment very seriously. Those who know me well know that I carry a black purse everywhere I go. What many people don’t know is what’s inside: a Smith and Wesson 9 mm and my concealed carry permit.

As a battalion commander in the Iowa Army National Guard, I am trained and qualified not only on the 9 mm, but on the M16 as well. Further, my husband and I are both lifetime National Rifle Association members, and I was proud to receive their “A” rating for my commitment to protect the rights of Iowa gun owners.

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