Letter: Intimidation tactics
‘If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” – Ted Nugent, NRA board member, NRA convention April 2012.
“So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: ‘From my cold, dead hands!’ ” – Charlton Heston, NRA president, from NRA convention speech.
“We’re in a war. The other side knows they are at war, because they started it. They are coming for our freedom, for our money, for our kids, for our property. They are coming for everything because they are a bunch of socialists.” – Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America, Washington Post, January 2013.
“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns.” “Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God-given right, and I will exercise that right till the day I die. What’s in the letter is nothing compared to what we got planned for you.” – Excerpts from ricin-laden letters intercepted en route to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Obama.
Is it just me or is there a common thread of intimidation here? Fortunately, we live in a democracy where majority rule trumps intimidation.