Republican legislators have been saying that they've received many threatening emails since last night. I don't condone such things in any way. However, I don't know how the Republicans didn't expect it. They are threatening hundreds of thousands of people's livelihoods. It's easy to use stronger language in an email than one may truly intend. I myself have to take a deep breathe and read many of my emails to politicians over and over, softening the tone every run. I suspect the Republicans have received very few emails, and they are only trying to amplify them.
Even though the emails are wrong, they do exist, and the Republicans should think about why they're receiving emails with such strong language. Wisconsinites aren't violent people, as the protests have demonstrated, but stripping away collective bargaining rights is not helping a guy when he's down. Many people are clearly very hurt and upset by what their government has done.
Let's keep a civil tone, death threats don't help anyone's cause. Also, email is not anonymous, if you do threaten someone's life, you will most likely spend time in jail.
Take your pain, your hurt, and your anger, and focus it on attending rallies, recalling the Republicans, and enlightening your fellow citizens who may get their news from Fox News. This is where the trouble lies, in lies.
Update: (3/11/2011 5:14am) I've read some of the emails that have been posted on the Internet, and I'm astonished and bothered to say the least. No one should expect to receive emails such as those, nor should anyone be the recipient of such emails. I seriously underestimated the potential tone, and I take back my comments about the Republicans not expecting threatening emails and for saying they're trying to amplify the emails. The gist of this post is, think before you hit Send or Save. I clearly didn't take the time to analyze my quick conclusion, and you and the Republicans deserve better.
Edit: (8pm) Clarified my thoughts by removing wording and adding a sentence to the end of the first paragraph.