New York – Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he’s “not angry” over two threatening letters containing traces of the deadly poison ricin that were
sent to him and his gun control group in Washington.
The anonymous letters were opened Friday at the city’s mail facility in Manhattan and in Washington on Sunday at an office used by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the nonprofit started by Bloomberg, police said Wednesday.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said preliminary testing indicted the presence of ricin in both letters but that more testing would be done. He said the threats contained references to the debate on gun laws and an oily pinkish-orange substance.
“I’m not angry,” Bloomberg said. “There are people who I would argue do things that may be irrational, do things that are wrong, but it’s a very complex world out there and we just have to deal with that.”
The people who initially came into contact with the letters showed no symptoms of exposure to the poison, but three officers who later examined the New York letter experienced minor symptoms that have since abated, police said.
Law enforcement sources paraphrased the letters’ message as saying, “This is a taste of what’s to come if you come to take my gun.”
Both letters had a Shreveport, Louisiana, return address, CBS News reported.
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