Yee Says Death Threats Won't Deter His Gun Control Efforts

The local state senator's life was threatened recently, and homemade explosives and a loaded firearm were found in the suspect's home this week.

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- State Sen. Leland Yee said Thursday that a death threat against him that led to the arrest of a Santa Clara County man will not deter him from moving forward with gun control proposals in the Legislature.

At a news conference at the State Building in San Francisco Thursday morning, Yee said the incident "only further demonstrates the need to address this particular problem."

Yee joined other state senators last week to propose a package of bills aimed at reducing gun violence in California. One bill introduced by Yee would require assault weapons to have a 10-round limit and to only have fixed magazines that must be reloaded one-by-one from the top of the weapon.

The California Highway Patrol Thursday gave more information about Everett Basham, 45, the man arrested Tuesday on suspicion of making the threat against Yee.

Yee received the threat by e-mail about four weeks ago, and said the "very explicit threat on his life" had "deeply concerned him."

"The author of the e-mail specifically stated that if I did not cease our legislative efforts to stop gun violence, that he would assassinate me in or around the Capitol," Yee said. "He stated that he was a trained sniper, and his e-mail detailed certain weapons he possessed."

"This threat was unlike any other I had ever received," he continued. "It was not a racist rant on my ethnicity or culture, but instead it was very deliberate and specific. As a psychologist, I was deeply concerned by the calculating nature of the e-mail."

Investigators eventually tracked it to Basham and served a search warrant at his home in Santa Clara on Tuesday, according to Scott MacGregor, chief of the CHP's Protective Services Division.

Inside the home, located at 3131 Humboldt Ave., authorities found explosive materials and multiple firearms, MacGregor said.

Basham was arrested in Sunnyvale and remains in custody on suspicion of threatening a public official and various crimes related to the explosives and firearms, MacGregor said. No charges have been filed against him yet, a district attorney's office spokesman said this morning.

CHP officials have had to detonate some of the materials found at the home on Humboldt Avenue, and MacGregor said authorities remain at the scene today. He said the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force are among the federal agencies assisting in the investigation.

Yee issued a statement Thursday indicating he has no plans to curtail his legislative efforts toward attempting to curb gun violence.

"I want to make it crystal clear – these threats and any others will not deter me and my colleagues from addressing the critical issues surrounding gun violence," he said. "This case is very troubling, and only further demonstrates the need to address this epidemic."

Yee's latest push for additional gun control measures comes in the wake of the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December.

President Barack Obama is also pushing for new gun control laws on the federal level, including implementing universal background checks and banning military-style assault weapons.

Yee represents California's 8th state senate district, which includes San Francisco and most of San Mateo County, including Woodside.

- Bay City News Service contributed to this report


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Portent March 05, 2013 at 03:41 AM
The only thing more atrocious than your mangling of the English language is your obliteration of basic logic and the fundamentals of reasoning that even a 5th Grader could handle more competently. So gun control advocates are 'emotional,' but the gun nuts are not? Whew, it takes a while to catch my breath on that one! Speaking of unruly emotions and pure craziness, your statement that "there are better options then forcing people to give up there rights or fight for them" belies the fanatical rage simmering underneath that comment, i.e., an implicit defense of violent resistance to the government should laws be passed or the Constitution amended to prohibit (any kind of?) private gun ownership. It's a fair deduction that by 'fighting' for your gun 'rights' you don't mean nonviolently, in which case you would be committing treason and should be dealt with accordingly. Good luck to you and your comrades in arms in standing off the US armed forces. Finally, your attempt to analogize the right to do something dangerous and insane like looking at the sun with the right to bear arms may not be as feeble and inept as first appears: a desire to look at the sun is in fact as 'unnatural' as any supposed right to possess a gun. In any case, where do you find the origin of a natural right to bear arms? You must think such a right is found either in the state of nature, i.e. uncivilized society, or is a dispensation from god. Regardless, you clearly have more than a few screws loose.
caliDad March 05, 2013 at 04:29 AM
This is why I say your emotional, you spent the last message insulting me, and did I say kill for my rights, no i said fight for my rights, like we are doing with our letters to our congressman and our support for organizations that defend our rights, just because what we fight for is our right to bear arms doesn't mean we need to pick up arms, when you fought for the right to marry your gay lover did you get violent? your emotional, simple minded liberal dumb ass, and being a cop, I hope I'm late to your call because you think i will be there to.protect you with my gun, when you failed to take responsibility of your own safety
Portent March 05, 2013 at 05:02 AM
I can't believe you are so dumb that you would admit to being a cop. You are not only unbalanced but a professional disgrace to all those calling themselves police officers. As a cop, you are obligated to save my life from endangerment, whether you like me or not; if you can't do your duty, you don't deserve to be 'protecting' the public safety and welfare. Your obligation to protect the public is contingent neither on the race, class, ethnic background, or religion of the person at risk, nor on that individual's political or policy views. As a public servant, your charge is similar to a medical professional's duty to save a life, irrespective of that professional's personal feelings toward the victim or the policies of the institution for which she works (as in the case of the nurse who refused to administer CPR to a dying woman in the Bakersfield assisted living facility). For you to state openly that you hope you're 'late for my call' is the height of both incompetence and immorality. I hope you lose your badge soon. The public will be better off without your insane presence in selective 'law enforcement', jerk.
Charles March 09, 2013 at 05:11 PM
In 2011, SF Weekly writer Matt Smith penned an article which described a number of data points and allegations, including Sen. Yee’s being stopped twice in the Mission District’s hooker-row area by police for allegedly soliciting prostitutes, being caught shoplifting sun tan oil lotion while vacationing in Hawaii, accusations of his cooking the books at a non-profit where he was an administrator, being in the pocket of his campaign donors, and lying about where he lived to send his kids to a better school within San Francisco. In October of 2011, the website 8asians.com published a feature on Yee, [with the writer] stating, “I’ve only heard bad things from those who have had to deal with Yee in a variety of capacities, from a constituent who asked Yee to address an issue directly under his former professional expertise and current role as a legislator to sitting politicians.” Senator Yee has a long history of pandering to special interests and a palpable hostility towards American Constitutional principles. Prior to SB 249, his ban on so-called violent video games culminated in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association. The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, found that Yee’s legislation violated the First Amendment rights of Americans.
Haywood Jablomie March 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Of course, now that Yee has been arresting for trafficking in firearms, his credibility is shot (pun intended). http://thenearlyfamousbulletinboard.yuku.com/topic/17232/California-Senates-Gun-Control-Advocate-Arrested-Firearms


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