Gene Kerrigan: The threat to kill me came from some eejit trying to sound like a Godfather character
It seems we need to point out there's a difference between an insulting joke and a gun, writes Gene Kerrigan
The threat to shoot me came in a phone call to my home from some eejit trying to sound like a character from The Godfather. This was back in the late 1980s, when I was working for the Sunday Tribune. It was chilling - for about 30 seconds. Then, common sense kicked in.
The people I wrote about were not gangsters or paramilitaries. Their hatred was real; and so was their wish to be able to swat anyone who disputed their exalted view of themselves. But, their threat wasn't real.
A threat is just words - to be a real threat, it has to have weight behind it. If it doesn't, it's just a pathetic grunt.