The assault against traditional gender definitions just went way beyond any boundaries. A man in California was arrested this week after he sent death threats to the place where the definitions are made. The focus of these violent threats was aimed at Merriam-Webster because the man was furious over the dictionary’s definitions of the words “girl” and “woman.”
Jeremy David Hanson, a 34-year-old man from Orange Counting in California, was eventually charged with one count of interstate communication of threats to commit violence, according to the California Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Hanson could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
He is alleged to have sent numerous messages to the dictionary staff from October 2 to the 8 of 2021. He used the “Contact Us” page of their website and then posted the comments he made. He was outraged at their definitions of “girl” and “woman,” and threatened to bomb their offices.
Hanson said that it was “absolutely sickening” that Merriam-Webster told lies and promoted anti-science propaganda. He wrote as a comment under their definition of “female” that there was no such thing as gender identity. He said that the person who wrote that in the definition should be “hunted down and shot.”
In another message, Hanson ranted, “You [sic] headquarters should be shot up and bombed. It is sickening that you have caved to the cultural Marxist, anti-science tranny [sic] agenda and altered the definition of ‘female’ as part of the Left’s efforts to corrupt and degrade the English language and deny reality. You evil Marxists should all be killed. It would be poetic justice to have someone storm your offices and shoot up the place, leaving none of you commies alive.”
The staff of Merriam-Webster took the threats seriously and closed down their offices in New York City and Springfield, Massachusetts for five days.
Boston’s FBI Division was involved in the investigation and Special Agent Joseph R. Bonavolonta indicated that Hanson “crossed a line.” He said that the FBI would pursue people who attempt to intimidate and isolate members of the community by inciting violent and hateful acts.
Bonavolonta said that when you make a threat to a person’s life, that is not protected speech. He said that everyone has a right to express their opinion, but when you repeatedly threaten to kill people, it goes to a new level.
Apparently, Hanson made similar threats to organizations like the ACLU and Hasbro. He also sent threats to the president of the University of North Texas, two professors at Loyola Marymount University, and a New York City rabbi.
Rachael Rollins, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said, “We believe Hanson sent a multitude of anonymous threatening and despicable messages related to the LGBTQ community that were intended to evoke fear and division.” She said that her office, along with law enforcement will not tolerate threats made to community members and it did not matter “what corner” of the Internet they are sent from. She also made it clear that hate-filled threats and intimidations “have no place in our society.”
Hanson was released on a $25,000 bond, confined to his home, and told not to make any further threats. There was no information available regarding an attorney for Hanson. He is set to appear before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Katherine A. Robertson in federal court in Springfield on April 29.
The battle over traditional gender identity in our country has moved to a dark place.