• Former Mason City Officer Shot at City Council Meeting — Concealed Carrier Steps Up & Protects Fellow Council Members

    January 27, 2015

    UPDATE — 11:30am — Former MCPD officer among the wounded

    EerniesseWe’ve just learned that one of the officers shot in last night’s incident was a former Iowa resident and police officer in Mason City, Iowa.

    KIMT is reporting that Joshua Eernisse is a former patrol officer with the Mason City Police Department.

    Eerniesse and one other officer, Adam Johnson, were shot shortly after an officer swearing-in ceremony last night (01/27/15) at the New Hope, Minnesota city council meeting.

    Chief Deputy Mike Carlson of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department says Eerniesse and Johnson are both in good condition and are recovering in the hospital.

    The shooter was shot and killed by other officers at the city council meeting.

    More details as they become available.

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    An active shooting situation unfolded last night in the middle of a city council meeting in New Hope Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. The council had just wrapped up swearing-in two new officers when an adult male started shooting at the officers.

    Public access tv cameras were rolling the whole time. And as you can see there was plenty of confusion amongst the council members, but John Elder who was carrying a concealed firearm stayed calm protecting his fellow council members.

    After opening fire on the police officers, the shooter was engaged by police and eventually shot and killed. Media reports indicate that at least one officer was injured during the exchange, but they are expected to survive.

    There’s no word on whether or not the New Hope, Minnesota’s city council chambers are a so-called “gun free zone.” If they are, this is just one more example in a long list of cases proving that a “Gun Free Zone” sticker on a door does absolutely nothing to stop someone who’s intent on doing harm.

    This incident brings up memories of a similar shooting here in Maquoketa, Iowa less than a year ago. Last September a mad man with a gun, entered the Jackson County Courthouse (a building with a very clearly labeled “gun free zone” sticker on the door) and shot at a county supervisor. Fortunately the gunman missed. After a brief struggle turned the gun on himself.

    Click here for more details on last September’s shooting at the Jackson County Courthouse.

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  • 97% of Iowans are ignoring the biggest threat to our 2nd Amendment rights

    October 10, 2014

    Concord AR


    During the American Revolution, the active forces in the field against the King’s tyranny never amounted to more than 3% of the colonists. They were in turn actively supported by perhaps 10% of the population. In addition to these revolutionaries were perhaps another 20% who favored their cause but did little or nothing to support it. Another one-third of the population sided with the King (by the end of the war there were actually more Americans fighting FOR the King than there were in the field against him) and the final third took no side, blew with the wind and took what came.

    From: What is a “Three Percenter?”


    Many of you may have seen the paragraph above, but if you haven’t, take a moment and think about those numbers. Where would YOU fall on that list?

    Be a three percenter – Join the fight!

    20% favor the cause…

    …but do little to nothing to support it.

    When it comes to defending our 2nd Amendment rights are you with us? Are you one of the 20% who agrees with the work we’re doing? If so, what are you doing to support those fighting for your rights? What’s stopping you from taking an active role in the fight to defend YOUR freedoms?

    10% actively support the cause

    If you’re part of the 10% of the population who actively supports the defense of YOUR rights, THANK YOU. Your contributions make our fight possible.

    3% are actually in the fight

    To the three percent that are out there campaigning with us; knocking on doors – making phone calls – talking to your neighbors  – spreading the word about why we do what do and believe what we believe — IFC is truly grateful to have you. You’re the ones our politicians fear when they defy our will. They know it’s people like you who won’t forget their actions. They know you’re the ones that will make life miserable for them during campaign season. They know that you’re the ones that are the biggest threat to their reelection efforts.

    Everyone else can talk about what they believe, but you alone can stick out your chest and boast that you are actually out their doing something for your beliefs.


    We’re fighting tooth and nail to make Iowa a true pro-gun state. We’ve brought you Shall Issue. We’ve successfully fought off attempts to weaken your 2nd Amendment rights. We’ve passed bills that will give YOU the right to stand your ground, that will protect YOUR right to keep and bear arms, that will LEGALIZE suppressors, and will make it illegal for the media to publish YOUR information. Unfortunately, all of the work on these bills has been undone by one liberal anti-gun state senator by the name of Rob Hogg. Time after time he’s blocked our bills from advancing. As frustrating as this has been, there’s still cause for hope. The only reason Hogg has been able to stand in our way is because he’s part of 26-24 Democrat majority in the Iowa Senate, but with your help that’s about to change.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition is a non-partisan organization. We’re proud to work with anyone who’ll help us defend our 2nd Amendment rights. But for far too long Rob Hogg has been able to thwart our hard work and the will of Iowans state-wide. We’ve attempted to work with Senate Democrats to find other ways of getting these bills passed, but ultimately we get nowhere. They continue to support Hogg, and defeating our attempts to work with the rest of them. This has left us with no other options. In order to protect and advance our rights we must fight to remove our biggest roadblock from power. We’re still non-partisan, but the fact is Rob Hogg and those that continue to prop him up must go.

    IFC is now actively working to flip the Iowa Senate. Our opponents hold a razor-thin majority. If we can remove them from power our ability to advance solid pro gun bills increases dramatically. In order to do that we need men and women who want to hold our politicians accountable for their actions – right now. We’re looking for the ones who are willing to stand up and call out these anti-gun politicians. We need those who haven’t forgotten the value their rights. Right now we need 3 percenters.

    Join us. Take an active role in this fight and volunteer with us today.