A male abortion activist with a weapon reportedly was arrested near the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh early Wednesday morning after allegedly threatening to murder the conservative justice.
The Washington Post reports the California man had at least one weapon and burglary tools when police arrested him near Kavanaugh’s Maryland home.
According to the newspaper, the man told police that he wanted to murder the justice because he was angry about a leaked draft ruling showing a majority of the Supreme Court, including Kavanaugh, overturning Roe v. Wade.
A few weeks ago, the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us published the addresses of the conservative justices’ homes online publicly – prompting authorities to increase security for the high court members and their staff.
Police arrested the man near Kavanaugh’s home around 1:50 a.m., Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe confirmed.
“The man was armed and made threats against Justice Kavanaugh,” she told the Daily Wire. “He was transported to Montgomery County Police 2nd District.”
Here’s more from the AP:
The California man, in his 20s, was armed with a gun and a knife, according to a law enforcement official. The man, whose identity has not been released, arrived in a taxi early in the morning and told law enforcement officers he wanted to kill Kavanaugh, the official said.
The official was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The Washington Post initially reported the arrest, quoting sources who said the man also was carrying burglary tools. He told police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the court is about to overrule Roe v. Wade, the court’s landmark abortion case, the Post reported. He was also said to be upset over recent mass shootings, according to the newspaper.
In mid-May, Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the draft opinion, and his family also were moved from their home to a secure location due to violent threats.
Responding Wednesday, Ruth Sent Us refused to take responsibility for the increased threats against the justices and questioned whether the latest incident really was that serious.
“We are committed to non-violence,” the group wrote on Twitter. “Fundamentalists will talk non-stop about how our peaceful protests inspired this, rather than the daily mass-murders in America. Oh, what was this ‘weapon’ the ‘California man’ had? If it was a gun or even a knife, police would say so.”
Threats and violence against the court and pro-life advocates have increased since the leak in early May, and authorities expect more violence in the days ahead.
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a pro-life Republican from Missouri, called out pro-abortion Democrats for encouraging the hostility toward political opponents. She reminded Americans that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a pro-abortion Democrat, threatened Kavanaugh by name a few years ago if he dared to overturn Roe.
“Senator Schumer told Justice Kavanaugh that he will ‘pay the price’ for decisions Democrats don’t like,” Hartzler wrote on Twitter. “And he is leading the Senate? Reprehensible.”
LifeNews reported last week about the leftist pro-abortion group Shut Down D.C., which plans to blockade the streets around the Supreme Court building June 13 in an attempt to shut it down.
A report from the Department of Homeland Security in mid-May warned that radical abortion activists plan to burn down or storm the Supreme Court building and murder justices and their law clerks if the court overturns Roe. The report indicates these pro-abortion extremists also plan to target churches and other places of worship with violence and vandalism.
At least three pro-life organizations have been the victims of arson in recent weeks, and there have been dozens of acts of vandalism, assaults and threats against pro-lifers and churches.
Some pro-abortion groups have been calling for churches, especially Catholic Churches, to be the target of abortion activists’ outrage.
“The leaked draft memo that states the Supreme Court has struck down #RoeVWade is an ATROCITY but It is not yet law & doesn’t have to be, but what they plan to do & will do if WE don’t stop them. Rise up! & RAISE HELL!” the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights wrote on Twitter.
Even prominent pro-abortion groups are using words that hint at possible insurrection and violence. On Twitter, Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of Women’s March, said abortion activists will be “ungovernable” until the government legalizes abortion on demand.
The Supreme Court is expected to release its final ruling on the Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health later this month.
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.
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