Posted on April 25, 2007

Black Lawmakers Call Gun Rights Sign Racist

WGAL-TV (Lancaster, Penn.), April 24, 2007

Black lawmakers are demanding a police investigation of a banner held at Tuesday’s run rights rally in the state Capitol.

The banner called for Rep. Angel Cruz, a lawmaker of Puerto Rican descent, to be “hung from the tree of liberty.” Cruz has proposed a bill that would require a $10-a-gun yearly tax and force gun owners to submit a recent photograph and be fingerprinted.

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“We applaud you for expressing the way you felt, but terroristic threats on a legislator who is trying to do a job and make a difference on the quality of life will be unacceptable,” Cruz said.

The head to the Legislative Black Caucus said that the sign was a threat to a colleague’s life and also an act of racism.

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