A senior Republican senator and proponent of controversial immigration bills has received a death threat.
Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, said on the floor today that a letter mailed to his legislative office from Flagstaff contained this note: “You and Jared have your Glock 9. I have a Rem 270. Be very ready.”
The note, which presumably refers to Jared Laughner, the man who allegedly killed six people and wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a Glock 9 mm pistol in a January shooting, also contained a mug shot of the senator.
Senate security is trying to trace the sender and see if he or she left any prints on the letter, Gould said.
The letter doesn’t say why the author is upset with the Republican legislator.
“If anybody ever questions why I carry a gun all the time, that’s why I carry a gun all the time,” Gould said. “The more people see your picture in the newspaper and on TV, the more apt you are to have people issue death threats to you.”
Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said he didn’t think it was a good idea for Gould to announce the death threat he got on the floor. Gallardo said he would have preferred for the matter to be handled seriously with law enforcement, but more quietly.
He feared announcing it on the floor would just bring “other crazies out of the woodwork.”
Gallardo also said threats like this is one reason why the Senate should have a “secured building,” where people are screened for weapons and guns are disallowed.
“You do not allow guns in a public facility, particularly at the Legislature when we are debating emotional issues,” Gallardo said.