June 28, 2016 at 9:08 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay man charged with threatening U.S. senators
Kyler Schmitz, Capitol Police, gay news, Washington Blade

Kyler George Schmitz was arrested last week.

A Virginia gay man was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police on Friday for allegedly threatening the life of at least one U.S. senator, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Capitol Police.

Accounts by local media say that although Capitol Police arrested Kyler George Schmitz on Friday, June 24, news of the arrest wasn’t publicly disclosed until Monday, when Schmitz appeared before a judge in Virginia and was ordered held without bond until a follow-up hearing on Tuesday.

Politico reported on Monday that Capitol Police learned about the alleged threats through a tip from a congressional committee staffer who discovered a Twitter message by Schmitz targeting Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Schmitz reportedly began making the alleged threats a day or two after the shooting rampage at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub that claimed the lives of 49 people.

“I’m going to shoot you in the head for allowing someone to murder my loved ones,” Schmitz allegedly said in a tweet directed at Blunt and reported by the congressional staffer.

In other tweets, Schmitz allegedly threatened other House and Senate Republicans, reportedly saying, “I can’t wait to shoot you in the face one by one,” Politico reports.

The arrest affidavit states that two Capitol Police investigators went to Schmitz’s Virginia residence on June 15, and Schmitz reportedly admitted to “purposely” sending the tweet to Blunt, which he reportedly told the investigators was intended as a “direct threat.”

NBC News4 reported on Monday that Paul Cianciolo, who identified himself as Schmitz’s fiancé, told the TV news station that the tweets were meant as “parody” and satire. NBC News4 reported Schmitz’s attorney as saying the messages were “inartful political discourse” on the issue of gun control.

Testimony at the court hearing on Monday revealed that Schmitz doesn’t own a gun, Channel 4 News reported.

Schmitz’s Facebook page includes a photo of Schmitz and Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin standing inside the Virginia Senate chambers in Richmond in January. The Facebook page lists Ebbin as one of several local LGBT people who are Facebook friends with Schmitz. Others include Maryland transgender activist Dana Beyer and D.C. gay activist Jose Gutierez.

It couldn’t immediately be determined how Schmitz came to know the activists or whether they were just casual acquaintances as is often the case with Facebook friends.

The Washington Blade is in the process of obtaining court documents in connection with Schmitz’s arrest and will report further details in the case as they become known.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

6 Comments
  • He is deranged and needs to be put away for a long time. he is a threat and a public menace, doing to others exactly what he doesn’t want done to his ‘loved ones”. How many of the 49 victim did he actually know?

    • “D*r*ng*d” is an ableist slur. He is a hero, and any gay man who attempts to argue otherwise is a traitor to the gay community. Homophobia is a form of terrorism, and Kyler George Schmitz is heroic for standing up to those who perpetuate homophobic terrorism on a daily basis.

  • Another gay wanting to kill people, just like Mateen.

  • Way to go missing the big picture everybody!

    Kyler Schmitz was making an art statement using his Twitter, but I don’t know — maybe words like “hyperbole” and “allegory” really don’t exist in the dictionary anymore since by the looks of this comments section even gay people missed the point.

    Schmitz didn’t even own a gun for Christ’s sake to be a threat so I guess the moral of the story is you can’t expect a bunch of queens who feel victimized by gym class to remember that you always root for the home team, because that’s a sports allegory. Again he’s on our side folks, or didn’t you read the article? It was an art statement! Honestly, no wonder the Republicans are winning.

    Furthermore, it’s ironic how these Republicans who don’t support Gun Control felt so threatened by his tweets? Tweets? Ironic indeed. Too bad there most likely won’t be any political ramifications against these hypocritical politicians though, because Gun Control appears to be an even bigger issue for them then they were leading on. Secret exposed! Good job Kyler Schmitz!!

    • I agree. He’s a hero and he should be treated as such. We all should be using every means at our disposal to send the message that if you attack gay people, you will pay for it with your life.

      If anyone should be punished, it’s those two Senators who should be executed for their homophobia.

  • You’re an Uncle Tom if you think he deserved to be punished.

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