A gun store owner in northeast Iowa said she was frustrated when her neighbors came home to find her guns locked up and she didn’t have a way to return them.
“I’ve got a lot of people who don’t trust me, but it’s just too much stress,” said Jessica Houghton, whose house overlooks the parking lot at the West Valley Gun Shop.
The store, in a wooded area just off the Iowa State Fairgrounds, is owned by Houghtons sister, and her daughter, a member of the National Rifle Association, who said she wanted to keep her guns away from her daughter.
Houghton said she believes the people who live in the area fear the NRA, which she said is the most dangerous organization on the planet.
“They just have guns and they want to shoot people,” she said.
Haughton said the NRA’s support for gun rights is a reason she keeps her guns at home, despite her worries.
“This is what the NRA is about,” she told The Huffington Live.
“It’s all about the gun.
We are the NRA.
It’s all part of the ideology.”
Houghtons son is an avid hunter who was also the target of an armed robbery.
He said the family’s experience living near a gun shop was a lesson in the dangers of living in the rural community.
“You don’t have to live in this town,” he said.
“You don.t have to be afraid.”
The NRA, founded in 1889, has grown exponentially in the past 20 years.
It has more than 30,000 members nationwide.
The group has advocated for gun control, including banning semi-automatic rifles, expanding background checks to include all firearm purchases, and increasing the penalties for criminals who illegally obtain firearms.
The NRA’s endorsement of gun rights has not gone unnoticed in the Iowa rural community, which has been hit hard by a string of violent crimes over the past year.
Hughton said it was her daughter’s fault for being scared of the NRA and that it was the people in the neighborhood who had guns who were “toxic” and “dangerous.”
Haughtons son said the neighbors also have a problem with the NRA.
“They’re like the NRA,” he added.
“They’re the only thing that makes sense.”