Gun lobbyist files $1 million lawsuit over threats from gun control advocates
By Chris Eger
The first female president of the National Rifle Association filed a $1 million federal lawsuit against a selection of online harassers who she says crossed a line.
Marion Hammer, 79, head of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, the state’s NRA affiliate, filed suit against four men in a Tallahassee federal court on Friday, seeking damages stemming from harassment and threats from the men received in the days following the tragic shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The 129-page lawsuit says that among the scores of profane remarks and graphic images Hammer has received over the past several months, urged by groups such as End the NRA, a few rose to the surface.
Lawrence T. “Lol” Sorensen, a California-based mediator and arbitrator, allegedly sent a pair of unsolicited emails to Hammer that contained images of gunshot victims. Three other online hecklers — Chris Risica of New London, Connecticut; Howard Weiss and Patrick Sullivan — all emailed expletive-laden threats that contained personal attacks on Hammer ranging from wishing she met with an “(sic) ammo dido (sic)” to hoping she received, “100 bullets between your eyes” and praying, “someday I run into you so I can scream my head off at your sick