Did Tribune Print Reader Threat to a Senator? "I Will Duel Him Until His or My Death"

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Raithel, 57, who grew up in St. Charles, tells us that he's really fed up with Schaefer, who has gotten a lot of attention recently for some of his pro-gun efforts, including his work to protect gun-owner privacy (tied to a Department of Revenue controversy).

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Senator Schaefer doing an interview.

"He wasn't this kind of nutjob when he got elected," says Raithel, who is currently unemployed and recently ran for a school board position.

Schaefer's latest gun campaign set Raithel off.

"Frankly, I don't get it," he says. "He was a moderately conservative Republican when he was elected.... What he is doing does not at all represent the interests of his constituents."

After referencing President Andrew Jackson's duels, Raithel tells us, "I'm as serious as I take him."

But, he adds, "It's his move."

We left a message with Schaefer's office this morning and will update if we hear back.

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Fighting words to be sure. But not a death threat, which, to me, is the act of telling someone you are going to kill them, with the intended victim having no say in the matter.  But instead, he was challenged, or "called out", as we used to say.  Sounds to me like the good senator could have just said, "No, thank you.", and ended the matter.

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

Depends on the context. Sounds like the guy is willing to verbally duel him until one of the two expires, which isn't a death threat. Unless he knows how to fence, then maybe.

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