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Ohio lawmaker behind gun-control bill reports getting threatening message at his home

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Is it really necessary to threaten an Air Force veteran and his family with violence for doing his job, cons? Dial it back.




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COLUMBUS, Ohio—State Rep. Casey Weinstein said Friday that he’s worried for his family’s safety after discovering in his mailbox a sheath of papers with threatening right-wing memes printed on them.

Weinstein, a Hudson Democrat, said it’s the latest in a series of intimidating messages he’s faced since running for the legislature in 2018. The papers, he said, almost certainly were delivered in response to legislation he introduced last fall that would generally prohibit a person from possessing “large-capacity” magazines (a magazine holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition).

The meme that worries Weinstein the most read, “On this day in 1775, the British demanded we surrender our weapons. We shot them."

Weinstein said he takes that as a threat that someone will attack him, his wife, and his two young daughters. He said he’s notified the Ohio House sergeant-at-arms about the papers and intends to file a police report Friday afternoon.

Weinstein said he doesn’t know who left the printouts at his house. Since Weinstein filed his gun-control bill, he said he’s seen “hateful rhetoric” against him in online posts, and he’s directly received intimidating messages. But while he dismissed those as “noise,” the papers at his house have scared him.

“When someone comes to your house, it's just it's so different from the online stuff, because they've done the work to print something out. And then they found your house -- they drove to it, they stuck it on your property,” Weinstein said.

It’s not the first time that intimidating printouts have been left at Weinstein’s home. While he was first running for state representative two years ago, Weinstein, who is Jewish, said someone left some “vaguely anti-Semitic” messages on his front porch.

In response to that, Weinstein said he followed the Hudson police’s advice to buy a Ring security camera to monitor his porch. He also improved his home’s overall security system and bought a dog.

Weinstein said he has no plans to withdraw his bill, House Bill 349, despite the harassment.

“If they think I’m going to back down from that, they don’t know me,” he said.

Weinstein is hardly the only public official to face harsh rhetoric from gun-rights activists, though to date no other lawmakers have reported receiving physical messages at their homes.

Last August, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reviewed comments made by Chris Dorr of Ohio Gun Owners against a gun-reform plan put forward by Gov. Mike DeWine.

"Look, you could do this or there could be political bodies lying all over the ground,” Dorr said in a video. “Maybe not this election, maybe the next election, but you’ll get yourself added to a list, my friend. And at some point when you come across the target field, we gun owners will pull the trigger and leave the corpse for the buzzards.”





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