One of the most outspoken voices in the gun debate received a potentially deadly warning recently.
Last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a ricin-laced letter instructing him to stop talking about gun law reform. According to a law enforcement source, the letter said “this is a taste of what’s to come if you come to take my gun,” although the exact wording was not 100 percent clear.
The first letter was opened in New York City’s mail facility and a second ricin-laced letter was sent to a Bloomberg’s Washington D.C.-based organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Three members of the NYPD got sick after being exposed to the letters.
“The writer, in letters, threatened Mayor Bloomberg, with references to the debate on gun laws,” said Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the New York Police Department.
Mayor Bloomberg said the threats would not dissuade him from speaking his mind about implementing stricter gun laws.
“There's 12,000 people that are going to get killed this year with guns and 19,000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we're not going to walk away from those efforts,” he said. “And I know I speak for all of the close to 1,000 mayors in Mayors Against Illegal Guns. This is a scourge on the country that we just have to make sure that we get under control and eliminate.”
The matter is being investigated by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, The Daily Mail reported.
The letters are postmarked May 20 from Shreveport, La. Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover released a statement:
"The city of Shreveport in conjunction with the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force is working to apprehend those responsible for mailing ricin laced letters to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. We are also taking the necessary steps to protect local (Postal Service) and Government Plaza personnel as well as local citizens from any possible harm."