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How Mike Franken And Chuck Grassley Compare On Gun Laws

Sen. Chuck Grassley holds a pristine A+ rating from the NRA Political Victory Fund while Mike Franken, his Democratic challenger, has an F rating, which should give a clear indication of where the two stand on the issue of gun control. During a Columbus Junction town...

Iowa GOP Bill: Don’t Follow Federal Gun Laws

Iowa GOP Bill: Don’t Follow Federal Gun Laws

Republicans in the Iowa Senate are working on a bill that would subvert any federal laws aimed at preventing gun violence, even as the number of shootings and gun deaths in the state are on the rise. The effort, which is being led by Sen. Zach Nunn (R-Bondurant),...

Iowa To Loosen Gun Laws Amid New Mass Shootings

Iowa To Loosen Gun Laws Amid New Mass Shootings

While Iowa Senate lawmakers on Monday afternoon debated and ultimately advanced legislation that would loosen the state’s gun permitting and background check system, 10 people were killed after a gunman opened fire in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store. This latest...

Iowa Republicans Take Aim At Loosening Even More Gun Laws

Iowa Republicans Take Aim At Loosening Even More Gun Laws

This week’s Moral Monday at the Capitol focused on several proposed Republican gun bills as well as the consequences of the ones they passed in 2017. The discussion was led by Representative Tim Kacena (D-Sioux City) and Scott Peterson, Chair of Iowans for Gun Safety....

Paranoia and Guns Mix Together in New Wave of Shootings

Paranoia and Guns Mix Together in New Wave of Shootings

In the span of less than a week, the United States experienced at least four separate instances of random shootings over simple, harmless mistakes—one of which led to the death of a 20-year-old woman. It’s not news that America has a gun violence problem. On average,...

Iowans Have A Chance To Shoot Down Gun Amendment

Iowans Have A Chance To Shoot Down Gun Amendment

A proposed amendment to the Iowa Constitution would make the state's already loose gun laws even less restrictive. On the back of ballots for the Nov. 8 election, Iowa voters will be asked this question: “Shall the following amendment to the Constitution be adopted?...

Anger On Gun Violence Boils Over At Grassley Town Hall

Anger On Gun Violence Boils Over At Grassley Town Hall

Iowans fed up over inaction on gun reform in the wake of multiple new mass shootings, including the Uvalde, Texas elementary school massacre, let Sen. Chuck Grassley have it at his town hall meeting in Columbus Junction yesterday. About 20 people were in the audience...

Henry Riding: Sioux City’s Shotgun-Wielding Black Hotelier

Henry Riding: Sioux City’s Shotgun-Wielding Black Hotelier

Henry Riding—spelled Ridings in some instances—was born into enslavement in Missouri and died as the wealthiest Black man in Sioux City. Born in Lexington, Missouri, in 1839, Riding literally fought for his freedom as a Union soldier during the Civil War. He served in...

Kim Reynolds Signs Gun Law After Recent Violence

Kim Reynolds Signs Gun Law After Recent Violence

On Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law a bill that would make obtaining weapons in Iowa easier, amid a resurgence in mass shootings around the country. Reynolds signed on Friday afternoon a bill which halts requirements that Iowans need to obtain a permit in...

Pressure Mounts On Gov. Reynolds To Veto Looser Gun Law

Pressure Mounts On Gov. Reynolds To Veto Looser Gun Law

National gun safety advocates and Iowa Democrats on Thursday put pressure on Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds to veto a bill sitting on her desk that would loosen firearm laws amid recent upticks in gun violence. On a phone call organized by national anti-gun violence...

Evans: Why Is Iowa Tinkering With Voting Laws?

Evans: Why Is Iowa Tinkering With Voting Laws?

There have not been a lot of bright spots since coronavirus began sickening Iowans. So far, 688 people have died in our state from the virus, and another 26,350 have been infected. Unemployment in Iowa is in the double digits. We have already begun hearing of business...

Evans: Why Is Iowa Tinkering With Voting Laws?

Evans: Why Is Iowa Tinkering With Voting Laws?

There have not been a lot of bright spots since coronavirus began sickening Iowans. So far, 688 people have died in our state from the virus, and another 26,350 have been infected. Unemployment in Iowa is in the double digits. We have already begun hearing of business...

Evans: Why Is Iowa Tinkering With Voting Laws?

Evans: Why Is Iowa Tinkering With Voting Laws?

There have not been a lot of bright spots since coronavirus began sickening Iowans. So far, 688 people have died in our state from the virus, and another 26,350 have been infected. Unemployment in Iowa is in the double digits. We have already begun hearing of business...

Lessons From An Iowa Gun Safety Activist

Lessons From An Iowa Gun Safety Activist

For most of my life, I’ve called Iowa home. I proudly attended Iowa public schools, and after four years out of state getting my undergraduate degree, I returned to Iowa to work as an RN, got married, and decided to raise my family here. For my daughters, like all...