NRA and PGNH receive death threats over “Christie Watch”

[Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 2:25 p.m.] 

As we wrote in the August 3 update to the article “Tell this potential Republican candidate for President that New Hampshire voters are watching him!,” our notice about New Jersey Governor (and potential presidential candidate) Chris Christie has “gone viral,” generating major news reports on state (New Jersey), national, and even international (Reuters) news sites.  The article urged voters in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation Republican presidential primary election to see if Christie vetoes New Jersey gun control legislation.

Unfortunately, some people do not like to see their anti-gun agenda challenged. So much so, that we’ve received profanity-laced complaints and even death threats. Here are two such actual messages sent through the PGNH website, exactly as received (except for redacted obscenity):   

----- Original Message -----
From: <cacjf@aol.com>
To: [PRO-GUN NEW HAMPSHIRE]
Sent: Saturday, August 03, 2013 7:34 PM
Subject: [Message to Pro-Gun New Hampshire] “Christie”

jck f sent a message using the contact form at http://pgnh.org/contact.

As  resident of NJ who happens to be for reasonable gun control I'm curious
who the f*** [The actual message used the full word] you people think you are to be
interfering in the NJ governor's race with your threats/ 

 

----- Original Message -----
From: <Sugar14442@aol.com>
To: [PRO-GUN NEW HAMPSHIRE]
Sent: Sunday, August 04, 2013 12:16 PM
Subject: [Message to Pro-Gun New Hampshire] “Sam Cohen”

[This message was addressed to Sam Cohen, Pro-Gun New Hampshire (PGNH) Executive Vice President and CEO, because he was briefly interviewed for, and quoted in, the Reuters article.]

Howard Cohen sent a message using the contact form at
http://pgnh.org/contact.

As a registered Democrat, and certainly not an avid supporter of Chris Christie, I abhor his [sic – he means “Sam Cohen’s”] threat to the NJ governor about his possible stance on gun control. When viewing all the daily gun violence in this country and mocking all the gun rights advocates who see any sort of gun control as a threat to their second amendment rights, I can only hope that Mr. Cohen, and he shares my last name, has a personal tragedy involving guns. Then perhaps he will somewhat modify his positions. The Second Amendment is outdated, irrelevant and sorely in need of repeal. Nobody back in the 1700's could have possibly envisioned the type of weaponry, size of our population and composition of our current society when they drafted that legislation. Their main purpose was to prevent government anarchy and unlawful impingement on civil rights and property seizure. If you actually feel that this is still a viable threat, you should be transported to a psychiatric facility to deal with your  paranoia. I strongly feel that the only way all you self righteous gun advocates might alter your perceptions is in the presence of a personal tragedy involving a gun event. I sincerely wish that some deranged individual would take a legal assault weapon and shoot up the office and personnel of the NRA. They exert too much power in our country and require extermination. That's all I can say MR. COHEN. [Emphasis added] 

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These were two examples of the kind of negative correspondence we’ve been getting, mainly from New Jersey.  Be assured, though, that there have been many, many more messages and calls expressing support.

[Editor’s note: Sam Cohen has written a separate article, expanding on this report with his personal commentary.]