The latest batch of ricin letters to public officials came from- surprise - Texas. One tainted missive was sent to the president and two others were sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to the office of his advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization of seven hundred mayors nationwide urging Congress to expand background checks for gun sales. The packages contained a threatening letter which read;
Let me ask you something Skippy, who are you going to shoot first? The mailman? The UPS driver? The pizza guy? Let's say your most paranoid delusions are correct and Obama really is coming for your guns. Do you have a grenade launcher, because, as we all know, Obama has drones. Have you acquired a bazooka? How's that assault rifle going to fend off the M1 Abrams tank rolling up your driveway? And in which obscure scripture did you find a passage where God gave you the right to own a gun? I must have missed that class during my parochial school education. I heard things like "Love Ye one another," and "What you have done to the least of these, you have also done unto me." I never heard, "If someone slaps you on one cheek, pull out your nine millimeter and shoot them in the face." How dare some hate-infused, delusional, would-be assassin bring God into his deadly actions, and what makes him any different from an Al Qaeda terrorist? Just after these letters were intercepted, another toxin-laced letter addressed to the president was discovered sent from Spokane, WA. Do these crazy bastards believe that the president opens his own mail? The New York letter was opened in a biochemical containment box, but three officers who examined the letter suffered minor symptoms. The Center for Disease Control stated that contact with ricin causes difficulty breathing, vomiting, and redness of the skin. The brazen toxic-outlaws believe they're delivering a blow to a tyrannical government, when actually, they are making a teenage intern in the mailroom nauseous."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 this letter is nothing compared to what I've got planned for you."
Last week's letters were just the latest in a string of similar incidents involving sending toxins through the mail. A Washington state man was arrested last week for mailing ricin to a federal judge and a package sent to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane was also discovered to contain the poison. Last month, a blockbuster local crime-drama broke out when ricin-laced letters addressed to the President, a federal judge, and a state senator were discovered to have been mailed from Memphis. The FBI arrested part-time Elvis impersonator Kevin Curtis, but quickly shifted their attention to his cyber-nemesis, a Tupelo karate instructor named J. Everett Dutschke. The two men had been having an online feud, mainly on Facebook, that's too convoluted to explain, but it was Dutschke who was arrested when traces of risin were found in his Taekwondo studio. And this man claims membership in Mensa. The Bloomberg letters were traced to New Boston, Texas, where the FBI arrested Nathaniel Richardson, an Army veteran employed by the Defense Department, after receiving a tip from his wife who called police after finding a Tupperware container with ricin in the refrigerator. If that weren't enough, the wife is actress Shannon Rogers Guess, best known for a part in The Blind Side, and her role as a zombie on The Walking Dead. Richardson is pointing the finger at her, claiming she bought ricin-rich Castor beans over the internet with a credit card to frame him.
These bizarre culprits are merely the dull tip of the spear when it comes to the gun-crazed freaks that live among us. The NRA has morphed from an organization that taught firearm safety and responsible gun ownership into a lobbying group for the armaments industry. Their heartless hysteria after the Newtown child slaughter caused gullible gun owners to panic that their rights were in jeopardy, especially after the NRA participated in spreading the patently false rumor that there was a government plot to buy up the civilian supply of ammunition after a media-induced run on bullets created a shortage. Unable to see through the Fox News and hate-radio propaganda that closing gun-show loopholes will lead to Blackhawk helicopters over Shreveport, these angry citizens live in fear of their own government and walk around all day with violent fantasies floating through their fevered minds. If you are told all day by right-wing media that you are at war with your government over your basic freedoms, then sending a toxin-laden letter to the chief executive doesn't make you a terrorist. In your own mind, it makes you a patriot.
On the morning of November 22, 1963, the Dallas Morning News ran an advertisement from a right-wing group featuring President John F. Kennedy on a wanted poster with the slogan "Wanted for Treason," along with a list of his fictitious misdeeds, including, "appointing anti-Christians to Federal office." I've always wondered if the newspaper regretted their bad judgement considering Kennedy died that day. Similar lies about President Obama have been accepted as fact by a large number of people who were inclined to dislike him in any case. California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly recently said on Christian radio that the unfettered possession of firearms was "absolutely essential to living the way God intended for us to live." This sort of disinformation comes from a belief that the Constitution was divinely inspired and as such, is a perfect document, much like the scriptures. So, when a person who watches the Fox News bile all day and finally goes insane with paranoia, why should it be surprising when they decide to take action against their government and its officials. When a group implies that its members need to take up arms against their government, its called treason. And any cabal of weapons peddlers who advocate the arming of citizens against their elected officials need to be classified as a terrorist organization.