A state representative returned to his home in Hudson after a few days away to find several memes, some threatening, left in his mailbox in what he thinks is a response to his support of gun reform.
Democrat Casey Weinstein, who represents the 37th District, said he came home from a trip Thursday to find the stack of folded papers, tied with a gold string.
He said the stack contained printed out memes, mostly anti-Democrat, and some threatening. One, for example, said: “On this day in 1775, the British demanded we surrender our weapons. We shot them.”
Weinsten said memes won’t scare him.
“To whomever stuffed my mailbox full of printed-out memes like this: you don’t scare me,” Weinstein said in a Twitter post, sharing what was left for him. “I am not intimidated. And I will NOT back down until we have passed common sense gun reform in Ohio.”
The Sergeant at Arms of the Ohio House has been alerted, Weinstein said. He said he also will file a police report with Hudson police, as he did once in the past for notes left at his door.
He said he’s been confronted outside of the Ohio Statehouse, and had plenty of vitriol online. But Weinstein said the fact that the printouts came to his home makes this much more personal.
“I’m not concerned about myself,” he said. “I’m concerned about my family obviously,” adding he has two young daughters at home.
“There’s just a lot of anger out there, and I don’t want to take any risk that it could manifest itself to any risk (to my family.)”
Weinstein said he has gotten more messages, mostly on social media, sent his way since he sponsored Ohio House Bill 349, which would prohibit a person from possessing a large capacity magazine for a firearm.
He said he introduced the bill in September in response to the Dayton shooting in August.
Weinstein said he will take steps to protect his family, but the messages won’t deter him.
“I absolutely am resolved as ever to pursue common-sense gun legislation and save lives,” Weinstein said.