Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley got an earful from his constituents on Wednesday during a town hall meeting in Louisa County, with most of them telling he needs to stop blocking gun control legislation that is currently before the U.S. Senate.
According to Mediaite, most of those at the town hall were angry with Grassley and his GOP Senate colleagues, and they made it clear they want to protect their families from the sort of horror that took place last week in Uvalde, Texas at Robb Elementary School:
The 88-year-old senator held a forum a little more than a week after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Fewer than two weeks before, a gunman in Buffalo, New York killed 10 Black people at a grocery store in a racist rampage. In both cases, the shooters used AR-15-style rifles capable of firing bullets in quick succession.
Additionally, three teenagers were shot at a prom afterparty in Des Moines in Grassley’s home state last month.
One woman told Grassley:
Grassley tried to push back, remarking:
“By the way, you’re talking to somebody that doesn’t know much about guns because I haven’t shot a gun in probably 20, 40 or 50 years. So you aren’t talking to someone who loves guns, I don’t hate guns, but I do protect people’s constitutional rights.
“There are over 400 million guns in the United States. Fifteen million of them are AR-15s, so you’re gonna still have AR-15s even if you’re gonna stop selling them right now.”
In response, one man told Grassley:
Grassley also noted that any legislation would fail to get the necessary 60 votes in the upper house of Congress, which led to a woman shouting:
A man later identified as Max Hilton then said something that sounded more than a bit threatening:
“You guys need to get it together. Because if you don’t get it together, there’s some people out amongst us that are going to become more violent. And we are this close to that happening. One more election like we just had, and these shenanigans that gone on for two years with people, ‘Well I’m not sure it’s a fair election or not’… that stuff’s gotta stop.”