October 1, 2014
DENVER (AP) - Lawmakers are becoming the target of aggressive and sometimes threating emails and phone calls as the debate over stricter gun laws escalates in state capitols.
In one Colorado case, emails and a letter to state Rep. Rhonda Fields were so charged with profanity and references to violence that police arrested the suspected author.
Fields is a Democrat who represents the district where 12 people were killed in last year's suburban Denver theater shooting, and she's a leading proponent of new gun restrictions.
In other states, police arrested a man suspected of threatening a California lawmaker last week. Wyoming lawmakers say they've also been getting abusive emails.
The heightened emotions highlight a charged debate, pitting those who consider gun ownership a fundamental right, and others calling for stricter laws to prevent violence.
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