A Democratic Senate candidate challenging Iowa Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstRepublicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service membersCongress braces for chaotic DecemberSenate roundtable showcases importance and needs of women entrepreneursMORE (R) for her seat on Thursday released a new campaign ad showing Ernst shooting at the challenger with a handgun.

In the ad, Eddie Mauro, the Democratic candidate, is walking through an Iowa field as bullets whiz by him, hitting fences and trees in an Iowa field. The ad uses footage from Ernsts own 2014 campaign, in which she shoots a handgun at a shooting range while taking aim at wasteful government spending and the Affordable Care Act. 

One of the reasons Im running [for Senate]? Mauro asks in the ad as a bullet hits a fence behind him, Because our current senator, Joni Ernst, she thinks its okay to run ads glorifying guns. She doesnt seem to care that many of those guns will be pointed at our kids, our teachers, churchgoers, moviegoers, concertgoers, our police officers.” 

While shes afraid to stand up to the NRA, or common sense gun laws, Im ready to stand up for Iowa and keep our schools, our communities, our kids safe, he continues.

I’m running for the Senate because it’s time to stand up to the #NRA, Joni Ernst and the D.C. establishment. They can come after me, but trust me – I won’t back down. If you want me to get this up on air, chip in a few bucks https://t.co/rcrAX53mNU#MauroForTomorrowpic.twitter.com/fnhmPZ5sQQ

Eddie J. Mauro for U.S. Senate (@eddiejmauro) December 5, 2019

Mauro calls Ernsts term a nonstop assault on Iowans rights in the ad and calls President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: studyBiden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking himIran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: reportMORE her boss in the White House. 

On the right to affordable health care, on a womans right to choose, on workers rights and farmers rights, Mauro continues, punctuating each item with the sound of a gunshot.  

I wont accept the status quo. Joni Ernst, Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump’s legal team huddles with Senate RepublicansSchumer briefs Democrats on impeachment trial ‘mechanics’Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators MORE, Donald Trump and the NRA  you wont like what I have to say, Mauro continues, as a bullet hits a tree branch in the Iowa field.

Ernst’s campaign responded to the ad Thursday, tweeting “Its outrageous and offensive that @

eddiejmauro would make light of gun violence in order to help his campaign. He should be ashamed and this disgusting ad should be taken down immediately.”

Its outrageous and offensive that @eddiejmauro would make light of gun violence in order to help his campaign. He should be ashamed and this disgusting ad should be taken down immediately. #IASen#IAPoliticshttps://t.co/yPXj4tHEON

Team Joni (@TeamJoni) December 5, 2019

Its not the first time other candidates have mocked Ernsts 2014 campaign ad. Businessman Mark Jacobs (R), who ran against Ernst in the 2014 Republican primary for the senate seat, released an ad at the time accusing Ernst of firing blanks.

Ernst easily won her Senate seat by more than 8 points in 2014.