• “Gun Free Zone” sticker FAILS to stop attempted bloodbath in Maquoketa

    September 9, 2014

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    Deb Lane must certainly be counting her blessings tonight. The Jackson County Assessor was very nearly murdered today by a lunatic who walked right past a little white sticker declaring the county courthouse a “Gun Free Zone.” Tonight Deb Lane is alive not because Jackson County declared their courthouse a so-called “Gun Free Zone,” but rather because of the heroic actions of Larry “Buck” Koos. The Telegraph Herald describes today’s shooting:

    Authorities said [Francis “Gus”] Glaser, who was at the meeting to argue a long-running property tax dispute, pulled a small handgun from his briefcase, pointed it at Jackson County Assessor Deb Lane and fired one shot as she was walking out of the room. Lane was not hit.
    Glaser was tackled by county Supervisor Larry “Buck” Koos and held down by Koos and others. A second shot was fired during the struggle, killing Glaser.
    Maquoketa Police Chief Brad Koranda said Glaser still was holding the gun with his finger on the trigger, indicating he shot himself. It’s unclear if it was intentional.

    Fortunately the shooter (who was not a concealed weapon permit holder) missed his target. Unfortunately we’re once again left with more evidence that “Gun Free Zones” do nothing to make our society safer. Sandy Hook Elementary, Aurora’s Century Movie Theater, the Virginia Tech campus, and so on and so on. Case after case that a simple sign on a door does absolutely nothing to increase security. These feel good measures are nothing more than a distraction (if they’re even noticed) to lunatics who are dead set on hurting innocent people inside these “Gun Free Zones.” In this case the crazed shooter, intent on doing harm to others, not only carried a gun right past that “Gun Free Zone” sticker on the door, he even bypassed the courthouse’s seldom used metal detecting wands.

    It’s a shame that we have to witness this type of incident. It’s a shame Jackson County doesn’t realize their sticker does nothing to protect those inside their courthouse. And it’s a shame that anti-gun zealots will continue to hide the truth, that so-called “Gun Free Zones” are all too often “Mass Shooting Zones” just waiting to happen. Thankfully today one of the good guys, Buck Koos, was able to thwart a potential bloodbath, and Deb Lane is still alive — no thanks to a little white sticker on a door.

  • Breaking: Shooting reported at Jackson County Courthouse

    September 9, 2014



    Jackson County Supervisor Larry “Buck” Koos has been injured after an apparent shooting at the Jackson County Courthouse. KWWL is reporting that Koos was not shot, although details of how he was injured have not been released at this time. As you can see in the picture provided by KWWL, the Jackson County Courthouse is clearly labeled as a “gun free zone.” Iowa Firearms Coalition will be updating this post as more details become available.



    MAQUOKETA (KWWL) – A county supervisor was apparently injured in a reported courthouse shooting in Maquoketa on Tuesday.

    Jackson County Supervisor Larry “Buck” Koos was apparently brought to the Jackson County Regional Health Center with non-life-threatening injuries after an incident at the Jackson County Courthouse, according to Ken Croken, a spokesperson for Genesis Health Systems, which oversees the Health Center.

    Koos was not shot, according to Croken. He would not elaborate on the record about Koos’ injuries.

    Croken also said the Health Center was “not expecting any more victims” as a result of what happened at the Jackson County Courthouse on Tuesday morning.

    The Jackson County Courthouse had a sign on its door noting it would be “closed for the day” and would reopen Wednesday as normal.

    The Telegraph-Herald is also reporting that another “unresponsive and visibly-injured man” was found lying on the ground holding a gun at the Jackson County Courthouse, where the alleged shooting incident occurred.

    That other man was apparently not brought to the Regional Health Center, according to the Telegraph-Herald.

    Nearby schools were briefly on lockdown Tuesday morning, but are not on lockdown anymore, according to Davenport television station KWQC.

    Maquoketa City Manager Brian Wagner could not confirm the shooting with KWWL but said he did call police to ask if they needed to lock down Maquoketa City Hall because of “what happened.” Police told Wagner a lockdown was unnecessary.

    Neither the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office nor the Maquoketa Police Department would confirm anything to KWWL yet. The Jackson County Regional Health Center also would not confirm the Telegraph-Herald‘s information.

    The Telegraph-Herald also reported that the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation was on its way to investigate.