[Ed. – Presumably McGowan belongs to the party of civility, which believes in non-violence to solve differences.]
On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Virginia announced the arrest of a Roanoke man accused of threatening to murder Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA) over social media.
The USAO charged 38-year-old Christopher Michael McGowan with “one count of making a threatening communication through interstate commerce,” according to a statement from the Department of Justice.
“Federal law criminalizes threatening communications made through the internet or a telephone, and these types of threats are not protected by the First Amendment,” U.S. Attorney Cullen said in the statement. “As this case indicates, our office will act swiftly to address threats of gun violence.”
According to the criminal complaint and affidavit, McGowan allegedly tweeted threatening messages toward Goodlatte in mid-December. Officers with the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office visited McGowan at his home where he admitted to sending the tweets but said that he didn’t own any firearms and had no intent on hurting anyone.