Burdick says she canceled town hall after threats

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FILE - Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, smiles during the Senate Rules Committee hearing Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at the capitol, in Salem, Ore. (AP File Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALEM, Ore. - State Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, says she's creeped out by the video posted on YouTube of her doing chores around her home.

The anonymous poster wrote that Burdick lied about why she canceled a town hall on gun control at Portland State University.

KATU News asked Burdick Wednesday why she said there was a scheduling conflict when the video shows she stayed at home.

She said her office has been getting thousands of threatening and hostile emails about antigun bills.

She sent KATU News a few examples. One talked about lynching, another mentioned Hitler and Stalin. Burdick says it would have been foolish to hold a town hall in that kind of environment on a college campus.

"I've had town halls crashed by the extremist gun lobbyists before," she said. "They do not make life pleasant when they do that. They're disruptive and rude, and I didn't want to subject the students at Portland State to that kind of behavior."

She said there will be other town hall meetings scheduled.

Burdick called the police after she saw the YouTube video.