Scott MacFarlane of NBC 4 in Washington, D.C., reported Monday that a Virginia man had been jailedÂ for threatening to shoot members of Congress,Â apparently as part of anÂ âinartfulâ campaignÂ for stronger gun control measures.
EXCLUSIVE: Tweets to US Senators Land Virginia Man in Jail https://t.co/TtL9EYhkpB
â Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) June 28, 2016
Kyler SchmitzâsÂ fiancĂ©, Paul Cianciolo, told News 4Â that Schmitz, an Uber driver,Â admitted to sending the threatening tweets in the days following the Orlando terrorist attack, but maintains they were sent as âparodyâ and satire.
Though Schmitz tweeted, âI canât wait to shoot you in the face one by one,â hisÂ defense attorney called the tweets toÂ Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and other lawmakers âinartful political discourseâ on the issue of gun control.
âI donât know how to read these tweets in any way but as threatening,â a judge ruled.