#BREAKING: An envelope sent to an office of Sen. Roger Wicker included a substance that has tested positive for Ricin, two sources say.
— POLITICO (@politico) April 16, 2013
According to Politico, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) was sent an envelope that included a dangerous substance. Here’s what you should know:
1. The Envelope tested Positive for Ricin
The envelope tested positive for Ricin, which is a substance that has the potential to kill someone. Ricin is 1,000% times powerful than Cyanide.
2. Ricin was Featured on “Breaking Bad”
The popular AMC show Breaking Bad featured Ricin throughout the series. In the show, Ricin is used as a method of assassinating characters, and has become a known word thanks to the show.
3. The Envelope Was Intercepted at an Off-Site Facility
MORE: Letter sent to Sen. Wicker was intercepted at off-site mail facility; further tests ongoing
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 16, 2013
4. Wicker is Staunchly Pro-Gun
According to the Gun Owners of America, in 2009, Wicker introduced an amendment that would allow law-abiding gun owners to “safely and legally transport firearms when they travel on Amtrak.”
5. Majority Leader Harry Reid Confirmed the Ricin Letter
Senator Reid confirms that an illicit substance was sent to Sen. Wicker’s office. The FBI is investigating the situation.