Georgia Lt. Gov. Burt Jones is newly targeted victim of ‘swatting’ incident: ‘I will not be intimidated’

Georgia Lt. Gov. Burt Jones is newly targeted victim of ‘swatting’ incident: ‘I will not be intimidated’

Georgia Lt. Gov. Burt Jones became the latest victim of a “swatting” incident on Wednesday, he said.

The Republican tweeted on Thursday that his home had been “swatted” the night before and that his office had received a bomb threat.

“Let me be clear – I will not be intimidated by those attempting to silence me,” Jones said in a statement. “We are going to put an end to this madness.” We are fully cooperating with law authorities, and I am convinced that those involved will be apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Georgia Lt. Gov. Burt Jones is newly targeted victim of ‘swatting’ incident: ‘I will not be intimidated’

“Swatting” entails dialing 911 and simulating an emergency in order to elicit a response from law enforcement, usually a SWAT squad. A growing number of lawmakers have been targeted in swatting incidents in recent weeks.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., a multiple victim of the move, has committed to draft legislation “to make it easier for law enforcement to arrest and prosecute these criminals.”

Other recent victims include Florida Senator Rick Scott, New York Representative Brandon Williams, and Ohio State Representative Kevin D. Miller. The nonprofit group Secure Community Network (SCN) reported roughly 200 swatting events targeting Jewish facilities across dozens of states earlier this month.

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