Iowa Terrorism Response Drill Cancelled After Protest
(GunReports.com) -- Iowa Gun Owners sent an open letter after an Iowa agency planned to stage a terrorism drill that targeted a white male who came from a family of firearms enthusiasts, and who was concerned about illegal immigration. Read the letter here:
March 26, 2011
Dear Members and Friends of Iowa Gun Owners,
Yesterday we alerted you to the fact that the Emergency Management Agency in Pottawattamie County Iowa was planning to hold a terrorism response drill at a local school this Saturday.
In this scenario, two terrorists went into this school and shot or killed close to two dozen people according to the planning documents.
While we empathize with the job of Iowa's peace officers and are happy that they are training to protect the people in Pottawattamie Co., there was a major problem with this scenario: the shooter could have been you or me.
That's right, the description given of the shooter was of a white male who came from a family of firearms enthusiasts, and who was concerned about illegal immigration!!
In a blatant attempt to demonize law abiding Iowans who own and use firearms for self-defense, the organizers of this event described what is likely the majority of the members of Iowa Gun Owners.
We asked you to contact the County Supervisors last night via email or the phone numbers provided and you did.
The result: the event was cancelled today due to a huge public outcry!
Now of course the Emergency Management Agency coordinator says that county officials were receiving threats and that's why they cancelled the event. Worse still, the coordinator, Jeff Theulen, said that the true patriots are those government bureaucrats who received all the pressure that you applied.
Some people never learn.
Mr. Theulen's office puts forth a scenario where a person who supports and believes in the Constitutionally protected rights of the 2nd Amendment is portrayed as a mass murdering terrorist in what appears to be an attempt to further undermine our 2nd Amendment freedoms and yet Theulen thinks that he and his colleagues are the real patriots!! Incredible.
Feel free to contact Mr. Theulen at email@example.com or at 712-328-5777 and tell him that his characterization of gun owners who are concerned about ILLEGAL immigration into our country as potential terrorists is as laughable as it is outrageous. Tell him that we encourage the training of the first responders in the county, just under different circumstances.
Iowa Gun Owners would also like to take a moment to commend State Representative Tom Shaw. Shaw, a freshman legislator from North Central Iowa was made aware of this situation by representatives of Iowa Gun Owners yesterday and was very troubled. You see, Rep. Shaw, until he won his election last November, was the police chief in Laurens.
While obviously not hostile to peace officers, Rep. Shaw was as concerned as we were about the ramifications of this scenario in SW Iowa. At the request of Iowa Gun Owners, Rep. Shaw went on WHO radio in Des Moines two different times as a member of Iowa Gun Owners, a gun owner, and a state legislator to sound the alarm.
We wish to thank him for taking the time to do this, especially as his wife is ill. If you want to thank Representative Shaw you may email him at: Tom.Shaw@legis.state.ia.us.
From the entire board of Iowa Gun Owners, thank you for taking such quick action yesterday. It clearly worked and those who would threaten or undermine our 2nd Amendment rights got another reminder that gun owners in Iowa are organized and won't tolerate this kind of behavior.
Aaron Dorr, Executive Director, Iowa Gun Owners