A Denver man was arrested on Friday after he allegedly threatened a lawmaker and her family over proposed gun control legislation sponsored by the state representative.
Franklin Glenn Sain, 42, was charged with suspicion of harassing state Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) and unlawfully attempting to influence a public official, the Denver Post reported on Monday.
In mid-February, Sain sent Fields several emails and left several voice messages expressing his concern about her push to reform the state’s gun laws via universal background checks and a ban on ‘high’-capacity magazines.
Some of Sain’s complaints and frustrations in his emails to Fields were reasonable critiques of the proposed legislation.
“You politicians have no idea what you are even doing anyway, do you know how long it takes someone to change a magazine, less than a second, so what if someone with experience decides to flip out and bring their gun in with five or so 10 round magazines, they can do the same amount of damage,” Sain wrote.
“Limiting magazine sizes is stupidity, and will not work. I for one have 100+ 30 rounds mags and 150 round drums. I will never give those up, and I am far from being some whack job,” he continued.
Though, at some point, Sain let his emotions get the better of him and what he proceeded to say was completely inexcusable and totally beyond the pale.
In addition to using racial and sexual slurs against Fields, he is also suspected to have sent an unsigned email threatening “Death to both (expletive) you [Fields and her daughter]… (expletive) your laws. I keep my 30 Round Magazines There Will Be Blood! I’m Coming For You (expletive)!” – the one emails states.
In another email dated Feb. 15, sent to Fields and fellow state Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver), he supposedly wrote “Hopefully somebody Giffords [sic] both of your asses with a gun” – an explicit reference to former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot in the head at a public gathering near Tucson, Arizona, in 2011.
Sain allegedly warned about a civilian uprising if pro-gun control lawmakers and President Obama continue to attack the Second Amendment.
“I guarantee there is not enough law enforcement, or military to stop an all out overthrow of this government if you or that (racial slur) President tries to take our guns,” the email said. “Guarantee, we will make world war I and II look like child’s play, many will die … be prepared.”
After being arrested, Sain apologized profusely for his language and despicable choice of words. He also denied making any death threats but acknowledged that he did use racially charged language.
“I did not make any threats in my emails. I know emails are traceable and I wouldn’t have done that,” Sain told investigators. “I’m just voicing some frustrations about a topic I consider sacred, especially after wearing a uniform and fighting for this country. When you have media pushing blame on gun owners, that just brings my emotions out.”
“I used a term I probably shouldn’t have. I will send her or call her and apologize,” said Sain, according to an affidavit. He added, “I don’t use that word when I talk. I’m not a racist. Those emails are not who I am.”
With respect to those unsigned death threats, it’s unclear as to whether Sain actually wrote them. Police suspect he did due to similar phrasing and profanity contained in the various emails, but the matter is still under investigation. Regardless of whether Sain sent them all or just a few of them, it’s clear he said enough to land himself in some pretty hot water.
In response to his arrest, Fields wrote in a statement on Monday, “I am grateful for the prompt work of the Colorado State Patrol in bringing this suspect to justice, and I also thank the Denver Police Department, which was instrumental in the investigation. I will not be deterred by threats.”