Brady Campaign on Threat Against Boehner’s Life: More Gun Control Now!

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

In response the January 7 indictment of a 44-year-old Michael Hoyt over threats to “poison [House Speaker] John Boehner’s (R-OH) wine” and to “shoot [him] and take off,” the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says it’s time for more gun control now.

Specifically, it’s time for the expanded background checks Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) failed to secure with his gun control push in 2013.

According to WCPO Cincinnati, Hoyt “was indicted…on charges of threatening to murder the congressman in a plot police said included poisoning his drink at a country club.” He had served Boehner drinks “for more than five years at the Wetherington Country Club in West Chester,” but was fired last year.

Hoyt drew attention to himself on October 29 when he called police and “blamed Boehner” for his personal struggles.

Police went to Hoyt’s home in Deer Park, Ohio, where he told them “he regretted not having enough time to put something in Boehner’s drink.” Hoyt also told Police he had a loaded .380 pistol “and was going to shoot Boehner and take off.”

Hoyt believes he is Jesus Christ and Boehner is the devil.

The Brady Campaign believes we need more gun control now and that the threats on Boehner’s life are “a wake-up call” to the Republican Congress.

Brady Campaign president Dan Gross said the time is now to outlaw private gun sales by “expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales.”

“Brady background checks save lives,” he said.

Gross did not mention that the Las Vegas attackers, Jerad and Amanda Miller, acquired their firearms after a Brady background check. Nor did he mention that Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), Darion Marcus Aguilar (Maryland Mall), Paul Ciancia (LAX), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), James Holmes (Aurora movie theater), Jared Loughner (gunman who shot Gabby Giffords), and Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009) all went through Brady background checks as well.

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