Swatting – You Could Be Next

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 7.36.06 AMThe anti-gun morons of the country have come up with a new way to amuse themselves – swatting. What is “swatting”? Swatting is making a bogus 911 call claiming that someone has a gun and is threatening, or worse, someone else.

Public service agencies such as fire departments have protocols they have to follow when called. If you call the fire department to report a brown burn mark on an electrical wall plate, like my folks did one time when I was young, in a few minutes you are liable to see a hook and ladder truck, a pumper, a fire department car, and an ambulance show up at your front door.

Police departments have similar protocols to follow when called. So, if you call them and tell them that there is a man with a gun threatening others in some location, the police will show up in a state of maximum alert, and their SWAT team, with guns drawn, will assume the worst. If someone doesn’t get killed it will be a miracle.

False alarms of either kind cost a lot of money. They also jeopardize lives, not just because the SWAT team is ready to shoot, but because they will travel at high speeds to get to the scene of the alleged crime. Property damage may ensue as the house may be broken into to either put out the supposed fire or to stop the alleged gunman. Perhaps worst is that there could be a real fire or a real holdup taking place simultaneously to which the department cannot respond while it  is wasting its time with the false alarm.

Swatting is becoming very popular in trendy Los Angeles. It has happened to Clint Eastwood (!), Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Simon Cowell, Tom Cruise, the Kardashians, and Chris Brown.

It is spreading, and predictably has already claimed several victims. John Crawford III was gunned down in a Beavercreek, Ohio store after a 911 caller claimed he was loading and pointing an assault rifle at customers in Walmart. In reality, Crawford was merely holding a BB gun that the store sells.

Crawford was killed when officers fired on him, and another shopper suffered a heart attack and died when the police opened fire.

Several months ago 30 police officers surrounded a South Jersey house, forcing  Rob Richards and his friends with whom he was playing video games, outside at gunpoint. The police had received a telephone call that said: “My mom and dad got into an argument and it got physical. I took the gun and I shot my dad. I want to kill her and kill myself. I don’t want to be alive anymore.”

In Nebraska, the state patrol launched a tactical response in Sarpy County based on a swatting false alarm at a home where family members were inside sleeping.

Fortunately the targeted family was able to talk to the deputies and defuse the situation, but as Lt. Kevin Griger said, “Somebody’s in his own home, he hears the front door crash in, he grabs his personal weapon, goes to the front door, the SWAT team’s coming in, he doesn’t know that because he doesn’t anticipate any problems, you know, and a firefight en[sues] in the home and somebody gets hurt because of that.”

So why is swatting suddenly all the rage? As you might imagine, this is a game of the anti-gunners, and kids who have been brainwashed by them. “Moms Demand Action”, a liberal group that intimidates merchants by threatening civil disobedience, boycotts, and so forth, may not openly advocate swatting, but some of the readers of their website certainly do. A sampling of their comments:

Referring to a photograph of a man open carrying in a checkout line a Joyce Ward asks, “Why weren’t the police called immediately? Why wasn’t he shot by the police for having a weapon”?

Another poster Lisa McLogan Shaheen asks, “Why hasn’t someone called 911 so the cops can gun him down?”

Others suggest taking a more active part. “Every time I see someone with a gun in a store I will call 911,” Jennifer Decker vows, “they’ll get tired of that right quick!!!”

“Just call the police every time you see someone with one,” she counsels, “the police will get sick of it eventually or have a run in with one of these clowns and then things will change,” advises Ann Marie.

This sort of criminal activity, and yes, it is a crime to “swat” somebody, is further dividing and polarizing our society. The liberals in Hollywood have manufactured a never-ending stream of sick violence on the one hand, and then shoot their mouths off about the problem with gun violence on the other.

Hypocrites like Daniel Craig, who is said to have received 31 million pounds for two new James Bond movies, which makes him the highest-paid British actor, as well as the best paid 007 superspy, is rabidly anti-gun, despite the fact that cinematic gun play pays his rent.

But worse than hypocrisy, the looney Left is increasingly dictating policy in America. Big name democrats like Al Gore make a fortune and cause the world to spend untold trillions of dollars on idiotic schemes to attempt to influence natural climate cycles. “Green” hucksters all the way up to the White House have crippled our economy and cause the waste of trillions of dollars in feel-good projects that often cause more harm than good.

Millions of simple minded individuals believe these con artists and sincerely think that those who enjoy driving cars and having their houses warm, and particularly those who believe that the right to keep and bear arms is absolutely essential to keep our nation free, are “bad” people who must be stopped.

The worst part is that the Left’s dream is for a utopian society, one that could never possibly exist. They are tired of waiting for their heaven on earth, so they have decided to move the timetable forward more quickly by using any means at their disposal. The famous book “Rules for Radicals” by Obama’s hero Saul

Alinsky contains their battle plan, and swatting is just part of it.

The police are caught in the middle. They are called by a false alarm to a situation that they believe to be life-and-death, and then if they do shoot someone, they are completely to blame. Heaven forbid it should be someone with darker skin than theirs, because for many Americans justice in 2014 should be determined by the race or ethnicity of the victim.

Meanwhile, jihad is coming to America, and with real unemployment being 2-3 times higher than the lies the government tells you, particularly among certain segments of the population, and with the decline of religion and the destruction of the family, crime is becoming more commonplace and more violent.

In the past, “Officer Friendly” would arrive at the scene of the reported crime to try to protect and serve the innocent victims of the bad guys. Nowadays, however, thanks to 9/11 and the ensuing emphasis on “homeland security”, much of which is arguably unconstitutional, the victims of a swatting are liable to discover that the armored, masked, helmeted, machine-gun toting men who smash down their doors aren’t trained anymore to rescue victims.

They are trained to neutralize potential threats first, rescue second. With the recent hatchet attacks on police, as well as the Pennsylvania State troopers who were ambushed and one killed, and with liberal agitators like Sharpton, Holder, and the black muslims constantly stirring up racial hatred in places like Ferguson, do you think things will get any better?

I don’t know what to tell you about all this. Yes, states do have laws that allow for open carry, but this is really off-putting for a lot of people. We live in a time when few anymore have any connection with guns other than what they see in violent TV, movies, and video games. The sick violence of muslims is in the news on a daily basis. People simply don’t want to see a reminder of the problems in the world on someone’s hip.

If that person is wearing an appropriate uniform, they are more or less comfortable because they think that the wearer will protect them from the bad guys. The reality of course is that there are not nearly enough folks in uniform with guns to protect them, and that the fellow with the open carry gun next to you in line may much more likely be the one who keeps you alive than someone with a uniform who is not there.

That kind of logic, however, is never going to get through to people who haven’t got the common sense to see what liberals are doing to our nation. In other words, roughly half of the people in this country are voting for people who would like to take your guns, as well as your freedom to follow your religious beliefs and the rest of the rights you thought were protected by the Constitution.

They are not all stupid; most are just mis-informed (brainwashed if you will) by years of liberal lies about guns. Many would respond favorably if they were just told the truth once in a while. Don’t hold your breath for this to happen in the media, however.

The best thing you can do is to set a great example of what a responsible gun owner should be. Don’t push the envelope by flaunting your rights. Instead, get a CCW permit. Familiarize yourself with anti-gun lies and learn just a few talking points and a few statistics to refute the liberals’ arguments. Take friends and particularly young people to the range and let them shoot. A box of ammo for a vote is less than the liberals are paying the folks they bus in.

Above all, go to the polls Tuesday and VOTE to protect your gun rights.

About the author: Pat Henry

Pat Henry is a columnist and a patriot from Hanover County, Virginia, a state that resisted ratification of the Constitution until the Bill of Rights was added to protect the people’s individual rights, which shall not be infringed.

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