Hillary Clinton will certainly have supporters at Sunday's rally in Des Moines at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, but could face some stiff competition from another event: the final day of a three-day gun show. The show is one of six being held during 2015 at the fairgrounds, and one of more than a dozen put on around Iowa during the year by the show's promoter, Trade Show Productions:
The gun show is located in one of the fairground's 24 venues, the William C. Knapp Building. The Clinton campaign does not specify the venue for Sunday's rally, but a 2007 rally for Mrs. Clinton on her first run for president was held at one of the fairground's outdoor staging areas. According to CBS News, that event featured "an elaborate stage of hay bales, American flags and even a fireworks show at the conclusion."
Last summer, Mrs. Clinton had some harsh words for Second Amendment supporters, saying (via The Hill):
“We cannot let a minority of people, and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people, hold a view point that terrorizes the majority of people,” Clinton said during a CNN town-hall event.
It is unlikely Mrs. Clinton will address gun control Sunday, and not simply because of the proximity of the gun show. The second-time candidate has been hesitant so far in 2015 to articulate many specific policy proposals, and The Hill even speculated that muting her support of gun control measures could benefit Mrs. Clinton in the general election:
The extent to which Clinton embraces gun control in her White House bid remains to be seen.
While an emphasis on guns could help Clinton win over the left, it could prove to be a liability in several battleground states that could decide the presidential election.
For the first time in decades, a majority of Americans say it is more important to protect gun rights than it is to limit gun ownership, according to a December poll from the Pew Research Center.
The same Pew poll found that a slight majority of women now believe owning a handgun can protect them from becoming victims of crime.
The gun show is not the only event competing with the Clinton relaunch rally. The Iowa State Fairgrounds schedule shows that a flea market is also running Sunday concurrently with the rally. If Mrs. Clinton intends to continue to make her appeal to be the "champion" of Everyday Americans, plenty of them should be on hand this weekend in Des Moines.