AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The editor of a Denver-area newspaper is receiving death threats for a column comparing the National Rifle Association to terrorists.

Dave Perry is editor of the Aurora Sentinel. He wrote on April 25 that the NRA’s role in blocking congressional gun control legislation was “a clear act of terrorism and treason.”

The newspaper says it received tens of thousands of angry calls and emails over the piece, and some of them were threatening. The newspaper says its site was also apparently hacked Monday.

Managing Editor Aaron Cole says the newspaper reported the threats to Aurora police on Monday.

The Sentinel covers the Denver suburb of Aurora, the location of last year’s mass shooting at a movie theater that killed 12 and injured 70.

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