A Texan woman’s attempt to assassinate President Obama has ended in her conviction and sentencing to eighteen years in prison, reports USA Today. In addition, she has been forced to pay $367,000 in restitution.
Actress Shannon Guess Richardson mailed threatening letters poisoned with ricin to Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the head of a gun control group in 2013.
“What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got in store for you Mr. President. You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face,” read her psychotic letter to then-President Obama.
“I never intended for anybody to be hurt. I’m not a bad person. I don’t have it in me to hurt anyone,” Richardson claimed, which is an interesting and nigh impossible-to-believe defense considering she had to concoct the poison from scratch, then package it, then mail it, a lengthy process that surely would have given her considerable time to consider her treasonous actions.
Richardson hoped to frame her husband for the crime, as he had recently filed for divorce. She claims she didn’t think anyone would get hurt, and federal security measures would prevent the poison from being dispersed. Why she would bother to manufacture and deploy real poison if she had no intention of murder is anyone’s guess.
If one takes her letter at face value as an indication of her intentions – that is, protesting what she perceived to be an attack from the Obama administration on the Second Amendment – then one can’t emphasize enough the influence of right-wing media propaganda.
Blowhard conservative pundits constantly infected their audience with paranoid disinformation, claiming that Obama wanted to take away everyone’s guns. The truth of the matter was the Obama wanted safer firearm regulations, but he never once suggested taking away all gun rights. Richardson’s actions were as grossly misinformed as they were criminal.