Yeah, how dare this mayor try to save this man’s life.

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A Wichita man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple over frustrations with the city’s mask ordinance, the mayor and police said Friday afternoon.

Meredith Dowty, 59, was booked into Sedgwick County Jail at 6:05 p.m., Friday, booking reports show. Police confirmed he is the suspect and said he could face a charge of criminal threat.

Whipple said he had been read a series of text messages received by another city official that asked about Whipple’s address and contained a detailed threat against his life.

The apparent motive was the suspect’s opposition to “masks and tyranny,” Whipple said.

“He said he was going to kidnap me and slash my throat and he needed my address because I needed to see the hangman — me and everyone who, something about tyranny,” Whipple said.

“It sounded like the person was very upset about pretty much mask mandates and he said something about not being able to see his mother because of COVID restrictions on elderly homes.”

Wichita police spokesman Charley Davidson confirmed that the department is investigating the threats and that so far, no other local officials are believed to have been targeted.

Look I get that wearing a mask is frustrating, my glasses fog up every single time I walk into a building with a mask on and I hate it. 

I am also going to visit my daughter today and I have to wear a mask during all of that except when we walk outside and maintain social distancing. 

I don’t like it, I don’t.

But dammit, I understand that it is for my own protection, as well as the protection of my loved ones. 

Is that really so hard for these people to understand?