Recent threats cause Missouri lawmakers to question Capitol security
JEFFERSON CITY -- Threats against state lawmakers are raising concerns about security at Missouri’s Capitol, where lawmakers, employees and visitors enter and exit through numerous unlocked doors without passing through any visible security measures.
“I just feel a lot less at ease this session,” said state Sen. Jolie Justus, a Kansas City Democrat who was one of those recently threatened.
Last month, six lawmakers returned to their offices and found orange stickers with the image of rifle crosshairs on the nameplates outside their doors.
And just last week, an email directed at four Missouri senators made reference to Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who was severely wounded last year during a shooting rampage in Arizona that left six people dead.