Swatting Gun Owners: A Deadly New Tactic

From America’s First Freedom:  http://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2015/9/18/swatting-gun-owners-a-deadly-new-tactic/

Anti-gunners like to wear a badge of peaceful benevolence in contrast to the “violent” mindset of gun owners—as if being prepared for violence were equivalent to wanting it. Generally their mindset can be chalked up to a naïve view of the world that would be harmless if it weren’t so widely held. But it’s important to remember that for some warped people out there, the thought of you walking around in public is so frightening that if they can’t have you disarmed, they don’t mind the thought of having you killed.

On July 24, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) posted the following admonition on its Facebook page:

If you see anyone carrying a firearm in public—openly or concealed—and have ANY doubts about their intent, call 911 immediately and ask police to come to the scene. Never put your safety, or the safety of your loved ones, at the mercy of weak gun laws that arm individuals in public with little or no criminal and/or mental health screening.

This advice makes no sense, and even people sympathetic to the anti-gun group’s agenda seemed confused. “You will always question their intent if you don’t know them,” pointed out one user. “Then call,” responded the page administrator for CSGV.

Other commenters pointed out that it was impossible to distinguish a real gun from a toy at a distance, going so far as to cite the cases of Tamir Rice and John Crawford III—both of whom were killed by police officers while holding toy guns. The admin(s) seemed unmoved, reiterating that police should be called in any case.

What CSGV was doing here was at best misguided, and at worst an example of the phenomenon most frequently referred to as “SWATting.” By asking police to confront law-abiding gun owners with the implication of suspicious circumstances, the anti-gun group was encouraging supporters to put the lives of those gun owners at risk.

Continue reading at:  http://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2015/9/18/swatting-gun-owners-a-deadly-new-tactic/

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