John Boehner’s former bartender once made plans to slip poison into the House speaker’s drink, or shoot him and drive away, authorities say.
Among the reasons driving the alleged assassination plot: Michael Hoyt heard voices that told him Boehner was evil. He thought the Ohio Republican was the devil. He blamed Boehner for the Ebola outbreak. And he thought the speaker was mean to him.
…The story of Hoyt’s arrest was first reported by WCPO in Cincinnati. According to a complaint filed in federal court in Cincinnati and obtained by CNN, police learned the details of his alleged plans after Hoyt called officers on Oct. 29.
“Hoyt told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola,” United States Capitol Police Special Agent Christopher Desrosiers reported. “Hoyt advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off.”
Police said Hoyt also emailed Boehner’s wife, Debbie, twice.
“If I had any intention of hurting Mr. Boehner, I could have poisoned his wine at Wetherington many, many times,” police said he wrote in one of his emails.
So he was a straight-up paranoid psychotic. It’s hard to judge threats like this, since essentially people like this are living on what is a constant high-level acid-trip of the worst kind. Could be he really was planning on killing the speaker of the house and might have done it given the opportunity, or it could be at those moments he thought that’s what he’d do. For all we know he could have cooked up a deadly glass of wine for Fuss-buget Boehner, or shot him in the head…or possibly he could have poured a box of baking soda in a wine goblet because the voices told him it was a magic poison that would be disguised as wine by his divine will….or maybe he would have done nothing. You never can tell.
Now enter the Brady Bunch. First let’s look at their press page. they have a release on this event, one on George Zimmerman allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend (What that has to do with guns, is beyond me), One on the retirement of Barbara Boxer, and one mourning the death of Mario Cuomo.
Note there is NOTHING on the terrorist attack in Paris. I just thought I’d point that out first.
On January 7, a federal grand jury in Cincinnati indicted Michael Hoyt, a bartender who had told police in October that he believed he was Jesus Christ, and that he had a loaded .380 Beretta handgun, with which he planned to shoot House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Hoyt had recently lost his job at a country club where Boehner was a member.
First note that they ONLY talked about his threats with a gun, NOT his threats with poison. See if this loon had put antifreeze or Methanol in one of Boehner’s drinks, it wouldn’t be a “Gun Death”, and they simply wouldn’t care…but if he SHOT him, even non fatally, that is cause for alarm!
Police found the handgun in his home, and Hoyt was voluntarily taken to the University of Cincinnati hospital for a psychiatric evaluation at the time. A later search of his house turned up an SKS assault rifle magazine and boxes of 7.62 ammunition for the rifle and .380 rounds for the handgun. Officers said they also found a bullet hole in the wall of Hoyt’s bedroom.
Officers said they later recovered Hoyt’s SKS assault rifle at his mother’s home in Kentucky. She told investigators she removed it from his home while he wasn’t there because she noticed he was not eating or sleeping and becoming increasingly agitated.
So he had guns, and EVERYBODY has access to poisons that could be disguised in a drink, so motive and opportunity are present, so this is a good arrest in my book. So what is the Brady Campaign Solution for this issue?
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, stated:
“We are thankful that any potential attack was prevented and for the good job done by the FBI, the Capitol Police, and local authorities in Ohio in thwarting a potential assassination attempt. We wish Speaker Boehner and the Republican Congress would realize that Brady background checks afford law enforcement with a tremendous opportunity to help keep guns out of dangerous hands, including those of the severely mentally ill. Brady background checks on gun purchases have blocked 2.4 million sales to dangerous people since the bipartisan passage of the Brady bill in 1993.
“Brady background checks save lives. Brady estimates that they have blocked some 358 purchases every day to dangerous people. Yet in the majority of states, criminals and other dangerous people who are not allowed to own or buy guns legally are still able to avoid background checks by making purchases online or at gun shows.
“Hopefully, the Republican Congress will heed this indictment of the Speaker’s would-be assassin as a wake-up call to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, including felons, fugitives, domestic abusers, and the severely mentally ill. In order to keep our kids and communities safe, the Republican Congress needs to finish the job by expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales. But if the Republican Congress refuses to finish the job, then we’re prepared to expand the fight at the state level for gun violence prevention in order to build pressure on Capitol Hill.”
Well except from all reportings, this guy was NOT a prohibited person! He could have walked into any gun shop in the nation and bought a gun, and however he acquired the guns he had, it was likely legal. Of course he was an uncontrolled psychotic, and I’m glad he’s getting the help he needs. It sucks that he COULD have committed murder, or harmed himself in his addled state, but that’s one of the downsides of Liberty. You need a court of law with full due process to remove somebody’s rights, which is exactly what happened. It would be nice if there was a way to bring somebody before a judge when they are in a mentally ill state to FORCE them to get treatment if they are found to be a danger to themselves and others, but that’s a topic for another day, and NOT what the Brady Campaign is talking about.
Further by implementing the “Universal Background Check” laws, it would have turned his MOTHER into a felon for taking possession of his rifle while he was in a bad way. So yeah, if the Antis had what they wanted in this case it would have only made things WORSE rather than better.
But it’s not like they care about making things BETTER.