The first letter was opened at a New York City mail center in Lower Manhattan on Friday, the police said. Although staff members at the mail center do not appear to have become ill, several police officers who came into contact with the letter’s contents “indicated some mild symptoms the next day, including diarrhea,” and they are being treated in hospitals, the New York Police Department’s spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said on Wednesday afternoon. “They’re being checked out as a precaution.”The second letter, which was opened on Sunday in Washington, was addressed to Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group Mr. Bloomberg helps run and finances, officials said. Mr. Glaze opened the letter, an official said. No injuries were reported, Mr. Browne said.Both letters were identical in content, bore references to the debate over gun regulation and contained written threats to Mayor Bloomberg, Mr. Browne said. “It’s threatening, and it’s very clearly about one issue,” one official said of the letters.Both letters had a Louisiana postmark, said one official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.Ricin can be made from castor beans, and a quantity as small as a grain of salt can be lethal if ingested.In April, a former taekwondo instructor from Tupelo, Miss., was arrested on charges of sending ricin-laced letters to the president, a United States senator and a local judge. The letters sent to Washington were intercepted in mail sorting facilities serving the White House and the Capitol.
Louisiana and Mississippi, always Louisiana and Mississippi.
The only surprising thing is that this doesn't happen more often. I mean, Bloomberg is a threat, right?. The policies he proposes are nothing short of a lethal threat which true gun-rights supporters have a moral obligation to resist by any means.
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