Upstate man arrested for death threats against Rep. Maloney

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Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was apparently targeted because of her stance on gun control. Credit: Christine Quinn for Mayor

A man from Elmira, N.Y., was arrested for allegedly making death threats to Rep. Carolyn Maloney because of her support of gun-control legislation.

Ronald Buchanan, 40, is accused of making a series of phone calls to Maloney’s office on April 2, the New York Post reports.

The calls were fielded by two interns and a staffer in the congresswoman’s office.

“That stupid c— needs to stay away from my Second Amendment rights,” Buchanan allegedly said in one of the calls.

“I hope that f—ing c— dies from cancer,” he reportedly said to one of the interns. “I want that b— dead.”

Maloney released a statement the day after her office received the calls.

“I am proud of my work to help curb gun violence,” she said. “Given all the acts of gun violence we have seen in the past two years, the shootings in Aurora and Newtown, the attack on my friend and colleague Gabby Gifford, I take the threat of more gun violence very seriously. But it is not something that I will allow to stop me from doing my work.”

Buchanan was ordered held in lieu of $20,000 cash bail Thursday night on charges of aggravated harassment and menacing.


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