Ricin-Laced Letters Sent to Michael Bloomberg Contained Angry Note Over Gun Control
From ABC News 30 May 2013 -
Ricin-laced letters sent to Michael Bloomberg contained angry note over gun control. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the latest high-profile target of poison-tainted letters sent though the mail, police revealed yesterday.
The leader of the nation’s largest city was threatened anonymously in two letters sent to Bloomberg’s offices in Manhattan and Washington, D.C., NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne said. An undisclosed number of New York cops who responded to one of the letters now “are being examined for minor symptoms of ricin exposure,” but the potentially dangerous substance never reached the mayor.
“The writer, in the letters, threatened Mayor Bloomberg, with references to the debate on gun laws,” Browne said.
Saying he has a “constitutional and God-given right and I will exercise that right ’til I die,” the author warned that the government would have to kill him before he would relinquish his weapons, a source told ABC News.
The letters – with identical text — were printed from a computer and are postmarked May 20 from Shreveport, La.
Early this morning, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover released a statement to ABC News.
“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,” Glover said. “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.”
One letter was sent to Bloomberg at City Hall in Manhattan. The other was dispatched to the director of Bloomberg’s organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in D.C. Browne said preliminary tests on that letter showed it also appeared to contain ricin, though the Washington police report of the incident said that “no hazmat (hazardous) material was found.”
Bloomberg, a billionaire who has long crusaded for stricter gun control around the country, responded with a flash of defiance.