Threat to kill Obama in Denver averted?

Details are still coming in, but ABC’s Political Radar reports on a gun arrest made Sunday in Denver that has lead police to believe that there may have been a threat to Obama’s life (via Memeo):

Federal and local authorities in Colorado are questioning several suspects to determine if one of the men made a threat against Sen. Barack Obama, who will be in Denver this week to accept the Democratic presidential nomination.

After pulling over Tharin Robert Gartrell, 28, for allegedly driving erratically early Sunday morning, police discovered two rifles, one of which is reportedly stolen, a scope, a bulletproof vest, ammunition, walkie-talkies and the drug methamphetamine in the rented 2008 Dodge Ram truck, Aurora Police Detective Marcus Dudley said at a Monday evening press conference.

When authorities questioned Gartrell about the findings, he pointed to an associate of his whom he claimed made a threat against Obama, officials told ABC News.

According to law enforcement sources in Denver, a witness interviewed in the case told investigators that one of suspects allegedly said the guns were to be used to kill the Illinois senator, but authorities do not believe the alleged threat put Obama in immediate danger.

I’m with Carol Platt Liebau:

Obviously, all of us can disagree with every single wrongheaded and misguided idea emanating from the Denver convention center — but as Americans, let’s pray for the safety of Barack Obama, his family, and all those in attendance at the convention.

Let’s beat Barack fair and square, and then be able to watch him lead a long and healthy life, together with his family.


This comes on the heels of last week’s scare with the envelope that was sent to the McCain campaign office in Denver, which contained a threatening letter and a powdery substance (the Manchester, NH letter turned out to be a false alarm). An inmate at a Colorado jail has been charged with sending the Denver letter. It turned out that the powder was harmless, but that didn’t make the scare any less real.

WTH is wrong with people?!

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