Bloomberg: Ricin letter won’t deter gun efforts

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to continue his push for gun control after receiving two letters that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin.

“The letter, obviously, referred to our anti-gun efforts, but there's 12,000 people [who] are going to get killed this year with guns, and 19,000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we're not going to walk away from those efforts," Bloomberg said, according to CNN.

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The letters reportedly contained a threat that mentioned the gun control debate. 

Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which Bloomberg founded and where he sits on the board, opened one of the letters. Glaze opened the letter in Washington on Sunday, but is reportedly showing no symptoms.

The staffers who opened the other letter at a government mail facility in New York are also reportedly showing no symptoms from the poison.

Bloomberg has been an outspoken supporter of tightening the nation’s gun ownership laws, and his group went toe to toe against the National Rifle Association during the recent gun control debate.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is now running ads supporting those lawmakers that backed a background checks bill, and Bloomberg has vowed to spend in the 2014 midterms to elect pro-gun control candidates.

This is the second instance of a high-profile politician receiving a ricin-laced letter this year. In April, a letter testing positive for the substance was sent to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). A suspect J. Everett Dutschke was arrested in that case and has been charged.