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Dan Muhlbauer Wants to Confiscate Your Semiautomatic Weapons

muhlbauer-debateState Representative Dan Muhlbauer (D-Manilla) has found himself in hot water since his interview with Douglas Burns of the Carroll Daily Times.   I wrote about this last week, but now it is making national news and was linked at Drudge today.

What’s the issue?

State Representative Dan Muhlbauer wants to take away semi-automatic weapons from Iowans – retroactively.  If you don’t give them up voluntarily he wants to TAKE them from you.  Nothing like promoting a total, blatant disregard for the 2nd Amendment and state-sanctioned theft.  You would have thought that he lived in New York or something

Burns just released the audio of his interview with Muhlbauer so we can have the full context.


Here is a transcript of the most controversial section of the interview starts at the 2:05 mark if you want to listen:

Dan Muhlbauer: “We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the semi-automatics and all of them. We can’t have those running around out here. Those are not hunting weapons, you know, and assault rifles.

Douglas Burns: So we should ban those in Iowa?

Dan Muhlbauer: We should ban those in Iowa.

Douglas Burns: If we ban them should it be a ban going forward, where you can’t buy them going forward, or should it be some mechanism to confiscate them from people who already purchased them legally?

Dan Muhlbauer: We need to get them off the streets, illegally, and even if you have them I think we need to start taking them. We can’t have those out there. Because if they’re out they’re just going to get circulated around to the wrong people. Those guns should not be in public’s hands. They’re just too big of guns.

Douglas Burns: So, if there is a ban on semi-automatic rifles and somebody had purchased one legally… let’s say – today, and then a ban would go into effect – how do we confiscate them?  Who does that?

Dan Muhlbauer: Well either that, or we’re going to have to buy them back or voluntarily come get them, or if we find them on the street.  There’s going to have to be some kind of penalty for them. We just don’t need them out there.

How do you get these guns off the street illegally?  Hmmm…  I digress.

Let’s read what the 2nd Amendment says, shall we?

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

A couple of points…

This isn’t talking about hunting.  This amendment was written with the War for Independence in the Founders’ rear-view mirror so to speak.  Some will say this is just referring to the military or a state militia, but the Constitution is pretty clear that the militia so to speak is “the people” – our citizenry.

To give you an idea of how radical State Representative Muhlbauer is being here even U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein didn’t suggest a retroactive ban.

As far as letting the public run around with “too big of guns.”  Did you realize your typical semi-automatic weapon is less powerful than your average hunting rifle?  Will he take those away too?

Voters in State Representative Muhlbauer’s district need to remind him that this is a right we cherish, and that he is approaching this problem the wrong way.  This cartoon made me think of this particular interview.  You don’t see this logic anywhere else.


A gun is simply a tool.  The logic (using that word loosely) behind the gun control movement is akin to saying let’s ban spoons because we’re all fat… nobody mention that to New York Mayor Bloomberg we don’t want to give him any more ideas.

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