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Hundreds of suspicious packages containing white powder and threatening notes have been sent to GOP lawmakers in three states where Republicans have recently passed legislation unpopular with fringe LGBT activists, such as laws protecting children from sex-change mutilations and puberty blockers.
The latest was addressed to Montana House Speaker Matt Regier, bearing exterior post markings that "follow the pattern of the other letters."
It appears that not only has the same stamp been used in a number of instances, but the names of slain or prominent transvestites have been repeatedly inscribed on the letters, reported the Wichita Eagle.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation noted that as of June 18, around 100 letters containing suspicious white powder had been received by Republican lawmakers and other public officials across the state.
"Preliminary tests have returned from this lab indicating the substance is presumptively negative for common biological agents of concern. Further and more complete testing will be conducted on this sample, as well as on additional letters that have been collected, in an effort to determine the components of the substance," said the KBI in a statement.
"Our focus remains on ensuring the safety of Kansans, and holding those responsible for these crimes accountable," said KBI Director Tony Mattivi. "The KBI is so appreciative of the incredible coordination and outstanding response by countless federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as by fire departments, and hazmat teams to this unprecedented event."
17 hazmat teams and 12 bomb squads initially responded upon the receipt of the threatening letters.
Over 60 special agents, forensic scientists and other specialists have been tasked with collecting or screening evidence.
While the KBI has not publicly identified a motive, State Rep. Tory Marie Blew, among those targeted, told CNN that Kansas Republicans' successful overrides of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's vetoes on bills — including a bill banning transvestites from women's sports teams from kindergarten through college and another bill that defined an individual's sex as that comporting with biological reality — may have drawn the ire of those behind the letters.
Kansas Rep. Stephen Owens agreed that Republican lawmakers may have been targeted as a result of their legislative successes on the transgender and abortion fronts.
"It's really terrifying to think that because of someone’s political beliefs that they can be a target," said Owens. "Violence and acts of violence and threats do absolutely nothing, nothing to change one’s perspective. As a matter of fact, that strengthens the resolve of myself and my colleagues and of our party to continue the work that we’re doing."
The names of dead transvestites were reportedly written on the back of the letters sent to both Owens and Blew.
This intimidation campaign was not limited to Kansas.
On June 22, threatening letters containing white powder sent to Republican lawmakers in Tennessee prompted a temporary lockdown of the sixth floor of the Cordell Hull Building, a legislative office building connected to the state Capitol in Nashville, reported the Associated Press.
Firefighters with the Nashville Fire Department were among those who responded to test the substance.
House Republican Caucus spokeswoman Jennifer Easton said the letters "contained obvious threats made by a liberal activist specifically targeting Republicans."
The FBI indicated it is looking into the Tennessee incident, reported KECI.
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) noted Friday that "Montana legislators are receiving anonymous, threatening letters containing white powder."
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen revealed Friday that his mother, state Rep. Rhonda Knudsen, had opened one such letter addressed to her at her home address, which contained a white powder substance.
Rep. Knudsen said, "I will not be intimidated by these kinds of tactics."
House Majority Leader Sue Vinton and Rep. Neil Duram were also among the Montana Republicans targeted.
The letter addressed to state Rep. Neil Duram (R), an image of which was obtained by KECI, appears to be written in various fonts.
"Salutations, to honor your recent accomplishments I send to you a gift from the exclusive astruc Baruch collection," says the letter. "It is important not to choke on your ambition."
The letter is signed, "your secret despiser."
The Montana Senate GOP indicated Sunday that another suspicious letter had been identified, this time addressed to House Speaker Matt Regier.
Further afield, cybercriminals attacked the Texas city of Fort Worth's computer systems over the weekend, citing the state's restrictions on child sex-change mutilations as cause.
TheBlaze previously reported that the alleged hackers stated in a recent Telegram post concerning the Fort Worth attack, "We have decided to make a message toward the U.S. government. It just happens to be one of the largest states banning gender affirming care, and for that we have made Texas our target."
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.