Oregon senator gets death threat after gun-control statement


by KGW Staff


Posted on June 14, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 15 at 8:10 AM

PORTLAND – After an Oregon senator expressed her stance on gun control laws in light of the recent school shooting in Troutdale, she says she received a death threat.

State Senator Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) is a longtime promoter of tougher gun laws, from universal background checks to a state law that would penalize parents if unsecured firearms get into the hands of their children and cause violence. She said the shooting at Reynolds High School Tuesday is the latest example of why.

On Friday, she talked to KGW about the questions the latest shooting raised.

“What is somebody with a house full of kids doing with an AR-15 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition? That’s question number one," Burdick said. "Question number two is how on earth did they allow this kid to get access to this gun? They not only lost their son but another family lost their beloved son.”

On Friday, Burdick said she received a veiled death threat in the form of a voicemail.

“I do not like bullies,” she said. “I won’t let the bullies win, and I feel very strongly about that.”

Burdick said she turned the voicemail over to Oregon State Police and they were investigating the threat.

On Saturday, Mayor Charlie Hales said he stands with Burdick on the issue of gun control.

“I share her sorrow over this tragedy, her commitment to see that it doesn’t happen again, and her anger over these unimaginable acts of violence,” Hales said.

KGW Reporter Tim Gordon contributed to this report