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09/05/2013 03:46 pm ET Updated Sep 06, 2013

Colorado Lawmakers Faced Intense Profanity, Rape Threats Amid Heated Gun Control Debate

Lawmakers are known to get angry messages from unhappy constituents, but the emails that Democratic lawmakers in Colorado received during the 2013 legislative session as they debated gun control are downright ugly.

The Democratic caucus compiled a worst-of collection of extraordinarily offensive and vile emails that various lawmakers received between March and April, called "Worst Regards," as the gun control debate raged in the statehouse.

Many of the most disgusting emails were directed at Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster), who, during a hearing on a bill that would have banned concealed-carry firearms on college campuses, told college rape victim Amanda Collins that, even if she had been armed the night of her attack, Collins still wouldn't have been able to stop her assailant.

Senate President John Morse, who faces a historic recall election today over his support of gun control, told KRDO that he ignored some of his constituents' opinions on gun control because of the extreme nature of some of their statements.

"Those that we didn't listen to were those who were vile and disgusting and sent threats -- which truthfully, turned out to be an awful lot of the folks on the opposition," Morse said to KRDO.

Morse, a Democrat, was criticized by right-wing blog Colorado Peak Politics for his statements to KRDO, but it's difficult to disagree with Morse's take on some of these opposition emails.

Below is just a small sampling of some of the ugliest emails Colorado lawmakers received in 2013, but be warned, although some of the strong language has been censored, the contents of the emails are still EXTREMELY offensive. The identities of the email authors, as well as the lawmakers who received these messages, have been removed from each email. Spelling and grammar remain as originally emailed.

March 5, 2013 at 7:49 p.m.

I am going to stick a knife up your c--- and tear your heart out through there. If you have one.

March 9, 2013 at 7:19 a.m.

You are a waste of a human being. Let's hope someday you are raped and wish you had something to protect yourself. If I was one of your children, I would be very ashamed of my mom and her ignorant mouth. You are truly the leading a--hole in the state.

Guy

March 6, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.

Subject: Hoping YOU get raped !

But of course my prayers won’t be answered because you are way to fat and ugly for anyone to rape. You are a pig. I don’t just mean the way you look either. You are a PIG. A NAZI PIG. Another typical mindless idiot obamanite zombie MORON. You and those like you are the reason the word democrat has become a curse word in duhmerica. Maybe someone will in fact stick a gun in your mouth and rob you and beat you to death. THEN the world will in fact be a safer place. For this I pray and I am an atheist !

March 5, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.

Do us all a favor and go play in oncoming traffic you pathetic excuse for a human. Freedom and Liberty are two items you do not deserve.

Go f--- yourself,
Patrick

March 6, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.

If I run into you I will vomit on you. What a disgusting, smarty-pants, know-it-all trailer piece. Who would be able to NOT to vomit on you. Smarty-pants, guess what I wish for you. How that girl could hold back when you had the disgusting gall to lecture her is beyond me. May Westminster be swallowed by a sink hole (except for the animals). If you are an example of the kind of human-like creature THAT ( do you get the distinction-I bet you're not bright enough-80 point IQ) lives there it will be no loss. I can wish-it's still a free country until the coup.

Absolutely worst wishes,
MCM

The gun control debate was extremely heated in Colorado and these emails represent just some of the vitriol spewed at lawmakers. Some even received death threats. Franklin Sain, a Colorado Springs man, was accused of sending several profanity-laced, violent emails and voicemails to Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) over her support of gun control legislation. Sain was charged with harassing Fields, but the charges were later dropped.

Back in February, during the legislative hearing process, freshman Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) received a voicemail threatening his life.

Democratic House Speaker Mark Farrandino said threats were also made against several of the highly visible members of committees during the hearings who supported a particular gun control measure, including against Rep. Daniel Kagan (D-Cherry Hills Village).

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