Arizona shooting: Seven times politics turned to threats or violence last year
Saturday's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) of Arizona wasn't the first time in recent memory that a member of Congress has been targeted for his or her views.
2. Sen. Patty Murray
Mr. Wilson, when contacted by an undercover FBI agent, said that Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D), also of Washington, “need to be strung up” and that he carries a handgun and would not blink if given the chance to shoot her. "It's not a threat, it's a guarantee," he said in one message.
Wilson, who was sentenced to a year in prison for his threats, added that he thought Murray would have a target on her back for life for her stance on the health-care bill.
“There are a lot more of us. There are a lot of crazy people out there, and your security may stay with you for a long time, but somebody will get through,” he said.