Family Council Action Committee Executive Director Jerry Cox released a statement Thursday clarifying morning radio news reports his office had increased security in the wake of threats from proponents of Issue 5, the proposed marijuana law.
"Security has been an ongoing concern ever since state Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney was brutally murdered at the office next door to ours in 2008," Cox said, "but we have taken additional precautions recently due to all the vitriol coming from folks who want to legalize marijuana."
Cox said proponents of Issue 5 have called and emailed his office numerous times. "One caller told the lady who answers our telephone, 'I hope you die.' The people threatening my staff are vile, mean, and vulgar. They don't sound like sick people looking for medicine. They sound more like hardened criminals looking to profit from 'medical' marijuana."
Cox said he takes threats very seriously. "It doesn't matter if ninety-nine out of a hundred people don't make good on their threats. If one person does, that changes everything."