Don’t Return Guns to Man Who Threatened to Murder Children

Target: Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan

Goal: Don’t let a man who said he would shoot up elementary schools and kill Jewish leaders obtain guns again.

A man stated that he would like to shoot and kill grade school children and attack Jewish leaders on Twitter and was arrested for his numerous threats. David Joseph Lenio tweeted to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence communications director Jonathan Hutson that: “I bet I’d take out at least a whole classroom and score 30-plus if I put my mind to it.”

The police found two rifles in Lenio’s home and a handgun in his vehicle after his arrest, plus a variety of ammunition. Recently, it’s become clear that the matter will be resolved via plea deal. Disturbingly, the plea deal is rumored to include an agreement that would allow Lenio to have his guns returned and purchase additional guns if he desires.

It would be nice if we could just assume that Lenio is merely an Internet troll looking to get attention by saying horrendous things. However, considering the fact that the United States has not gone eight days in a row without a mass shooting in 2015, we can’t take that chance. These days, men like Lenio seem very much willing to get attention by actually performing the actions that he threatened to take on his Twitter account.

For the safety of the children in the community, Lenio cannot be allowed to legally obtain firearms ever again. Demand that the prosecutor of the case refuse to allow this man to retain his right to own guns in any plea deal that he might agree to.


Dear Mr. Corrigan,

You are currently involved in a case with David Joseph Lenio, a man who threatened to shoot elementary school children and Jewish leaders in an argument with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence communications director on Twitter. Lenio literally said that he would like to slaughter little kids and bragged that he could “score” 30 or more deaths.

It’s recently come to light that you may be considering a plea deal that would allow this disturbing individual to once again own and purchase firearms. While this man’s behavior may be easy to dismiss as harmless, we can no longer risk ignoring threats like this in a nation where mass shootings have become so incredibly common, even occurring in elementary schools.

Any person who threatens little children to the point that he gets himself arrested needs to be treated as a real threat to his community. Do not accept any plea deal that would let this potentially dangerous man once again own guns and possibly murder dozens of little kids.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Fabrizio Rinaldi

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One Comment

  1. Margaret Melnick says:

    I think anyone who threatens to kill innocent people should lose the right to own a gun. If he was looking for attention on the internet well now he got it. It may be a deterrent to future attention seekers.

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