In case you were unfamiliar with the term, SWATting is the nefarious act of calling the police on a unsuspecting and innocent person and telling the police that something criminal and immediately dangerous is taking place at their location.
The police, responding like its the Salem Witch Trials and looking for no evidence rush over to that address, bust down the door and either go in guns a blazing, cracking skulls or just ripping apart a persons home.
The origins of SWATting go back to disgruntled online gamers who would be beaten by an opponent and instead of being gracious in defeat would use the IP address of the victor to find their real life address and then call the police.
It has not ended there.
Gun Control groups now openly suggest their followers perpetrate SWATting against law abiding citizens who carry firearms.
Moms Demand Action for instance has regularly encouraged its followers to practice SWATting whenever they see a person carrying a weapon. They are not referring to criminals, they want people to call the police when they see law abiding citizens going about their daily business solely because they exercise their right to keep and bear arms. The National Review Online did an excellent piece on the fallout and tragedy of this when a gun control nut lied to 911 and a man was killed for having an airsoft toy gun from this. You can read it here: Moms Demand SWATting
It is not only Moms Demand Action. On July 24th the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence posted this on their 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.
Read more: bulletsfirst.net
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