Tom sends us a link to an article in the Mercury News about Everett Fred Basham who used his phony story to threaten California State Senator Leland Yee in regards to Yee’s support for gun control;
An engineer by trade, Basham’s alleged email reads as a methodical attempt to derail the senator’s latest efforts to tighten state gun laws. It was signed with the name “Tran Cho”– presumed to be another alias.
“If you succeed in passing a bill that bans AR15 weapons in california (sic) just know these things,” the email begins.
The message proceeds with a nine-point list in which the author claims, among other things, to be a trained Marine sniper with “over 200 rounds of ammunition” and a high-powered rifle that “can hit a spinal cord at 1.5 miles making a head become red mist.”
The numbered points grow increasingly specific: “I know where your office and where the state capital (sic) building is in Sacramento. I have hiding spots around both with clean view,” followed by “I can wait hidden for you to walk past my mil dot scope,” the latter part referring to a specific type of rifle targeting scope.
The email ends by telling Yee to “Check 6 every day” — borrowing a military term to say “watch your back” — and to read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
The Mercury News says that they couldn’t verify his military service at the time of his arrest, but that he had admitted to police that he’d served “in the 80s”. A search of his home turned up some enhanced “bird bombs” along with some long guns and handguns. And some things called “assault weapons” but I don’t know what an “assault weapon” is, so…
When he was arrested, Basham had an Army ID with his photo but the name “Robert Richter,” which officers confirmed with Army officials were fake. At the Humbolt Avenue home, they found medical records and other military records that did not belong to Basham, along with “blank military ID cards with microchips, printers and failed attempts of counterfeited military ID cards.”
I guess the “crazy vet” meme gets you some creds in San Francisco.