As partisan violence escalates in the nation's capital, cries for less restrictive gun laws are coming from across the land. A man recently threatened U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers and his family via voicemail, obviously one of the easier threats to trace. He repeatedly left voicemails, even after police told him to stop. But finally, E. Stanley Hoff crossed a line in one of his voicemails when he referred to the Capitol Hill baseball game shooting. The crime with which he was charged carries a 10-year prison sentence if he's actually convicted. The Columbus Dispatch has more:
In the voice mail that authorities said was left with the Upper Arlington Republican’s Hilliard district office on Sunday, the caller mentioned the June 14 baseball practice during which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others were wounded or injured in Alexandria, Virginia.
“I’ve seen the prayer ya’ll were saying at the baseball diamond ... I think ya’ll better hit your knees and pray for the people that you’re screwin’ up their lives,” the message stated, according to a criminal complaint filed by Capitol Police in U.S. District Court in Columbus.
“We’re coming to get every g**amn one of you and your families. Maybe the next one taken down will be your daughter, huh? Or your wife. Or even you.”
It takes a really tough man to threaten someone's wife and daughter over a political disagreement, right? Hoff, who is 68 years old and should know better, was charged with threatening to “assault, kidnap, or murder a United States official.” When he went to court, he didn't wear a tie and jacket. Instead he showed just how much he esteemed the court by dressing in jeans, sandals, and a tee-shirt with Mickey Mouse on it.
According to the Free Beacon earlier this week, Rep. Brian Babin (R., Texas) introduced "new legislation that would permit lawmakers to carry a concealed firearm wherever they perform official duties across the United States, according to a copy of the new bill that marks an unprecedented effort to help lawmakers confront a growing threat to their safety."