U.S. Rep. David McKinley
(R-W.Va.) says periodically, members of Congress get threats by phone or letter,
but a deadly poisonous powder in the mail is over the top. He says the perpetrator
had a history, and it didn't take long to catch him.
The fact that no one was
exposed to the ricin was only because it was sent to Capitol Hill, where all
mail is scanned.
"I don't want to say it
comes with the job because it shouldn't. It's a threat and just keep in mind,
if the staff, if that had been sent to some other office, the staff could have
been exposed," McKinley said. "And there is no antidote for the ricin. It's
McKinley says members of Congress are urged to be aware of their surroundings, and taught how not to put themselves in harm's way. Ricin is considered one of the world's most poisonous substances. Whether it is injected, ingested or inhaled officials say it is deadly. They say a fatal dose can be as small as the size of a few grains of salt.