• 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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  • Anti-Gun, Anti-Hunters Make Horrible Death Threats to Competitive Female Shooter.

    January 21, 2015

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    Meet Rachel Carrie. She’s a 30-year-old competitive shooter from Britain, and she’s the target of a relentless barrage of cyber bullying, hate mail, and death threats. All because of her pro-gun, pro-hunting lifestyle.

    Carrie’s the daughter of a champion shooter, and has been competing since 2009. She began international clay shooting competitions in 2010, and has seen plenty of success. In 2013 she won the title of Britain’s top female side by side shooter, and even placed among the top ten in men’s competition.

    All of Carrie’s success has brought a lot of attention. The competitor with her long blond hair, and love for fashion is hard to mistake. Which seems to make anti-gun, and anti-hunting groups even more livid.

    The British Newspaper The Daily Mail highlighted Carrie’s story just a few days ago. According to the paper Carrie routinely receives threats on her life, and the lives of her family members.

    “Imagine how you might feel if I shot your mother in the head and then celebrated, rejoiced, gave thanks and respected her high quality flesh as I ate it,” wrote one troll on Facebook.

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    “Crossing my fingers for a ‘hunting’ accident in 2014, hoping we’ll find your tiny brain blown off by a shotgun, dripping down rocks covered by your slutty hair, ahh makes me smile just thinking about it!”

    Despite the constant threats, and bullying Carrie has become an outspoken advocate for shooters and hunters. She recently told the Daily Mail, “I truly believe hunting is in our blood, our DNA. Humans have hunted for millions of years, but our society is now so disconnected from nature that we forget that. Life is convenient, industrialised, urbanised, digitized and people seem to think meat comes from a supermarket aisle, where it could have been stuffed with growth hormones.”

    Carrie says she has no plans to back off sharing her sport and love of shooting. If anything she’s doubling down in spite of those who feel the need to lash out at her.

    “If I have one message for my trolls it’s this: if you don’t like it, don’t look because I am not going to stop.”

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    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.