Man to Rep: Hope Somebody 'Giffords Your Asses'
Rhonda Fields was pushing gun control
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2013 2:05 PM CST
Rep. Rhonda Fields talks with Rep. Joseph Salazar and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino about her bill on limiting the size of ammunition magazines at the Capitol in Denver on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(Newser) – A Colorado Springs man has been arrested on suspicion of sending harassing emails to a state lawmaker, including one that said, "Hopefully somebody Gifords [sic] both of your asses with a gun." State Rep. Rhonda Fields, who represents Aurora and whose son was shot and killed in 2005 as he waited to testify against a gang member, is sponsoring two of Colorado's gun control bills. Franklin Glenn Sain, 42, admitted to sending the emails, which also included racially and sexually derogatory words, the Denver Post reports. He also left Fields profanity-filled voicemails.

Sain is also believed to have sent an unsigned letter to Fields including the threats, "I keep my 30 Round Magazines There Will Be Blood! I'm Coming For You!" and "Death to Both," referring to Fields and her daughter. Sain, COO of an IT consulting service, told police he was "just voicing some frustrations" at the gun control bills, but admitted he "used a term I probably shouldn't have" and said he would apologize. He denied threatening Fields. In addition to harassment, he may also face charges of unlawfully attempting to influence a public official.

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XYandZ
Mar 1, 2013 1:07 AM CST
The only thing more disgusting than the guy who made these threats are all the people defending him. This isn't a "liberal" or "conservative" issue. It's about a man who made repeated and reprehensible threats and slurs toward another person. I try to take a moderate approach to gun rights and gun control, but unstable, hateful, violent people like this should NEVER be allowed to possess firearms.
sobe
Feb 27, 2013 9:11 AM CST
I don't see how that was a threat. He said he "hoped someone would" not that he was "going to do it himself." You can hope all you want, it's not a threat until you announce that you are going to do it. You should take it to court, and sue the PD for violating his freedom of speech.
right2dave
Feb 27, 2013 8:57 AM CST
Newser, this liberal bias crap really is getting old!