Florida army veteran pleaded guilty to threatening to retaliate against members of Moms Demand Action, an anti-gun violence group
- Drummon Neil Smithson pleaded guilty to making threats against members of Moms Demand Action.
- In a letter to Veteran Affairs, Smithson said he would "retaliate" if he did not get his pension.
A Florida man pleaded guilty earlier this week to making threats against gun safety activist group Moms Demand Action if the Department of Veterans Affairs revoked his pension.
Drummon Neil Smithson, 31, an Army veteran, allegedly sent a threatening letter in July 2020 to the Department of Veterans Affairs saying he would harm members of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots organization advocating for the end of gun violence, according to a statement by the Department of Justice.
Smithson, who lives in Florida but sent the letter from Massachusetts, was facing unrelated charges when he attended a Mom's Demand Action gun control rally in Parkland, Florida, in February 2020, according to Masslive. He was allegedly carrying a rifle case with the words "Come take it" scrawled on it, per the outlet. He was then ejected from the rally by police, Masslive reported.
Smithson told veteran affairs he would "retaliate" against Moms Demand Action when he got out of prison if he did not get his pension, according to the outlet.
"You take my pensions and the second I get out of prison I will go to a Moms Demand Action meeting," Smithson wrote in the letter, which was obtained by MassLive. "The Anti-gunners will all hide behind their chairs, calling 911, pleading for a guy with a gun to come and save them. Would be one hell of a big mess to clean up. Try me."
According to the Department of Justice, Smithson is being charged with one count of interstate communications to transmit a threat to injure, which provides a sentence of up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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