An apparently unhinged gun fanatic was jailed on Thursday night for making a series of what he thought were anonymous death threats by telephone to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. The caller was apparently incensed by her proposed legislation requiring gun owner insurance.
'That stupid c--- needs to stay away from my Second Amendment rights,' Ronald Buchanan, 40, of Elmira, New York said in one of the five calls, all made between 12:15 and 12:40 PM on April 2.
'I hope that f---ing c--- dies from cancer,' Buchanan shouted at a Maloney intern. 'I want that b--- dead.'
According to the New York Post, the calls were traced to Buchanan's cell phone and land line, and were made to Maloney's Queens office and automatically forwarded to her Manhattan office, where they were fielded by two young interns and a staffer, prosecutors said.
One of the interns warned Buchanan that the threats would be reported to the authorities but that reportedly only made him more angry, the complaint said.
'I will f---ing kill that bitch if I see her,' Buchanan allegedly threatened. 'I don't care if I have to go to every single speech she makes and heckle her. I shouldn't have to pay insurance,' he said. 'As a conservative, I will make sure that she stays out of our second amendment rights.'
'I don't even want to know what she is doing with Bloomberg and Cuomo behind the scenes,' he allegedly told one intern. 'I wouldn't be surprised if a love child came out of this.'
Buchanan was reportedly ordered held in lieu of $20,000 cash bail last night on charges of aggravated harassment and menacing.
Maloney told the press that while her life had been threatened she is still proud of her efforts to reduce gun violence and would still work to make liability insurance a requirement for gun owners.
'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,' Maloney had said in her statement. 'But it is not something that I will allow to stop me from doing my work.'
Meanwhile Buchanan signed orders of protection barring him from any contact with Maloney, her staff, and her offices in New York and Washington. He is due back in court next Tuesday.