Ricin threat will not deter Bloomberg

2013-05-30 19:13
Michael Bloomberg (Picture: AP)

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New York - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a ricin-laced letter sent to him was "obviously" meant to show opposition to his lobbying for tighter gun ownership laws, but insisted he would never "walk away”.

"The letter was, obviously referred to our anti-gun efforts," he said on CBS late on Wednesday.

Two letters with traces of the deadly poison were sent last week, one to Bloomberg and one to an official with the gun laws group he helped found, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

The letters contained "anonymous threats" and "when tested locally, preliminarily indicated the presence of ricin", New York police department spokesperson Paul Browne said.

"The writer, in letters, threatened Mayor Bloomberg, with references to the debate on gun laws."

Bloomberg said he was "not angry”.

He said the incident did not change the deadly realities of mass gun ownership in the US that his lobby group wants to bring under tighter control.

"There's 12 000 people that are going to get killed this year with guns, and 19 000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we're not going to walk away from those efforts," he said.

"I know I speak for all of the close to 1 000 mayors in the mayors' coalition against guns. This is a scourge on the country that we just have to make sure that we get under control and eliminate," he said.

The FBI and New York police Joint Terrorism Task Force were investigating the incident.

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