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Monday
Apr042011

Bloody Pig’s Foot Mailed to Top House Republican

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A bloody pig’s foot was sent to the chairman of the House committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., along with an anti-Semitic note referencing King’s contentious hearings last month examining the radicalization of American-Muslim youths.

The package was intercepted before it reached King’s D.C. office, at a postal screening facility off Capitol Hill that radiates and searches congressional mail for explosives and chemicals before being delivered to an office, according to a congressional source familiar with the investigation.

It was not immediately clear where the package was mailed from or when it was intercepted by screeners.

U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider would not confirm the contents of the package but told ABC News, “We have an active open investigation re: this incident and are working with postal inspectors.”

The controversial hearing March 10 was the first in a series by the committee examining the radicalization of American-Muslim youth and drew intense scrutiny from interfaith community activists. Numerous lawmakers also spoke out against the topic of the hearings, calling for a broader examination of radical extremism among other religions and belief groups in addition to Islam.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Top Republican Rep. Peter King to Introduce Gun-Control Legislation

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Peter King, R-New York, announced Tuesday that he will introduce a bill to ban knowingly carrying a firearm within 1,000 feet of certain high-profile government officials.
 
“[Mayor Michael Bloomberg] and I have discussed that we are introducing in the next several weeks legislation which would make it a federal crime to carry a weapon within 1,000 feet of any event which is attended by the President, the Vice President, members of the Senate, members of the House of Representatives, Cabinet officials, including the CIA director as well as federal judges,” King announced Tuesday morning at City Hall in New York City.
 
The attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, and the subsequent shooting that killed six people last weekend is the first notable assassination attempt of a public official that transpired into a mass shooting.

King is the first Republican to introduce gun-control legislation in the wake of Saturday’s shooting. Others, including gun control advocate Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-New York, have also said they will introduce legislation aimed at cracking down on firearms.

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