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Bridget Johnson

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May 31, 2013 - 7:27 am

Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) blamed punditry against gun-control legislation for the ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, as well as the mayor’s office itself.

“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will be shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God-given right and I will exercise that right ’til the day I die. What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you,” authorities released as the text of the letters.

A person of interest was questioned in Texarkana and a home in New Boston, Texas, was searched in connection with the case, CBS News reported.

Cleaver declared on MNSBC last night that the letters “are acts of terror.”

“And the people who sent those ricin-laced letters to the president and mayor Bloomberg and to the office of the mayors are no better than the Chechen brothers who bombed Boston. They are no better than any low-down criminal gangster mob-like terrorist in our country,” the congressman said.

“And what people need to keep in mind is that words have meaning. And before any act of violence, particularly if it’s a public act, they are preceded by words, whether it was the Holocaust in Germany, or whether in our tradition it was a resurrection. Those acts were preceded by words and a lot of people contributed to this because they were making all kinds of statements about the president and mayor Bloomberg wanted to come and take their gun and neither of them said that. But, there are people who can be easily tricked, whose minds aren’t psychologically strong enough to decide for truth from fiction. And so, we see that in what just happened,” Cleaver continued.

“We are the leading nation on Planet Earth and we are creating an atmosphere in this country where we are interested in laying out the most obscene rhetoric, the most volatile rhetoric and we are essentially saying, we don’t care if people have mental disabilities. They ought to be able to get a gun.”

Cleaver singled out Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) as someone who “may know better… but they are feeding it to people who don’t.”

“And we had a lot of people out here who are sick, who are eating this stuff up, who eat this ugly language that we hear up and they do it.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Well, he's figured out the basic idea behind hate speech. Now all he has to do is stop indulging in it.
1 year ago
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Ah, Emmanuel "Tain't Enough" Cleaver - The very man who claimed someone called him the "n" word and spat on him when he was walking up to cast his proud vote for Obamacare. The same man who cannot produce any video or photo evidence to back that claim despite having been followed by staffers who were prominently holding video phones up to capture the whole event presumably. If the event exists on the record, it has never come to light.

Someday, Missouri needs to produce a candidate capable of putting this man out to pasture where he can shepherd his flock like the good reverend he claims to be.

He also needs to spend time on the Internet to understand that if there's any rhetoric similar to that which produces a Holocaust, it exists on the darker places of the left. They don't want to just hold power over us; they want us gone, permanently.
1 year ago
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Crawford42 has the right of it. Basically its castor pulp. The pulp is used as a fertilizer since it cannot be consumed by livestock for the same reasons as it sets off the detectors. Traces of ricin. You all know what else is used as fertilizer, and Obama and his cohorts keep shoveling a lot of it.
1 year ago
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Talk about people "whose minds aren’t psychologically strong enough to decide for truth from fiction." What kind of morons elected Cleaver?
1 year ago
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That's weird. I didn't realize that gun-control legislation would stop ricin.
1 year ago
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Dems always tend towards projection ... what a moron.
1 year ago
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I am always bemused when Progressives, especially black ones, trot out the Nazi analogy. The hallmark of Nazism is Antisemitism. The entire reason for the movement was to exterminate the Jews. They even decided that it was better to lose war than give up on the Final Solution. Can you think of any group that is more into Jew hatred then a Progressive African-American like Cleaver?
1 year ago
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Muslims are probably more into Jew-hatred.
1 year ago
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Which gang does Cleaver represent?
1 year ago
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What war that angry right wing guy telling Obama supporters to bring gun to a fight with Obama's enemies?
1 year ago
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Well, as far as it goes, it's true that a ricin letter is about as bad as the Boston bombing. A ricin letter may harm people who have nothing to do with the target and is intended as an act of terror. It isn't going to randomly kill and injure dozens or hundreds, but it's still bad.
And then Rep. Cleaver goes off the rails by accusing conservatives of encouraging this kind of thing with our rhetoric and singling Senator Paul. Nope, Sen. Paul has never used rhetoric that would encourage a loon. He's made statements I disagree with and made strong statements but none that could be fairly called incendiary.
1 year ago
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As far as I know, no one has ever been harmed by ricin in an envelope.
1 year ago
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I am also mystified. If ricin is as deadly as they say, why isn't there a trail of corpses wherever the letters are sent?
1 year ago
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It is the worst thing since.........

Now, shut up.
1 year ago
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Because the Post Office has detection specifically for ricin. Further, ricin is not immediately lethal, if I remember right, and requires a minimum dose. I could have my facts wrong about this. Been quite awhile since I read up on it.
1 year ago
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No, because only trace amounts of ricin are being sent. There's a picture of one of the letters from this case, and it looks like the idiot took a castor bean, squished it, and smeared the pulp on the paper. So it really was just a smear of castor oil -- which people used to consume by the spoonful, daily, with no ill effects.

But it contains ricin -- in trace amounts -- so it sets off the detectors. It's like crushing an apple seed, mailing the pulp to someone, and thinking they'll get arsenic poisoning.
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