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Poison Letter Allegedly Sent to New York Mayor

May 30, 2013

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the intended recipient of a threatening letter laced with the deadly poison ricin, according to US media reports Wednesday.

The envelope was intercepted in a city building, according to police cited by The New York Times.

A second ricin-laced letter was found in a building in Washington DC that houses an organization pushing for stricter gun controls - Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Bloomberg was a major founder of the organization that has run pro gun control advertising around the country targetting members of Congress who have opposed tightened gun controls.

The organization created a score card to support Congress members who favour tighter gun controls - a counter-measure against the well-heeled National Rifle Association that gives large campaign donations to Congress members who oppose expanding gun controls.

In April, the Senate blocked an attempt to tighten gun controls despite the horrific massacre of 20 school children and six adult educators at a Connecticut school shortly before Christmas in December.

Both ricin-laced letters were sent from the same address, the Times reported. The letters contained threats to Bloomberg that make reference to the political debate over gun control.

Ricin is a highly lethal poison. Small amounts are enough to kill a person.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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