By Dan Roberts
New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- SWATTING : Swatting is the act of tricking an emergency service (via such means as hoaxing a 9-1-1 dispatcher) into dispatching an emergency response based on the false report of an ongoing critical incident.
An innocent, law abiding, elderly black man who possessed a valid Florida CCW Permit suffered a variation of “swatting” a few days ago. Clarence Daniels, 57 was ambushed and thrown to the ground by Michael Foster, 43 in the vestibule of a Wal Mart. Foster told responding Deputies that he saw Daniels exit his vehicle in the parking lot and briefly spotted a holstered handgun on Daniels waist. Foster proceeded to stalk Daniels through the parking lot before attacking him, unprovoked in the Wal Mart entrance.
Recently released store surveillance video shows the incident in detail, including Foster laying on top of Daniels, “wrapping” up his legs and forcefully removing the previously secured and holstered handgun from Daniels, where it then proceeds to a game of “hot potato“, being recklessly handed off amongst several bystanders who were drawn by the altercation as Fosters screams “he's got a gun”
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Dept, Foster made no effort to call 911 or contact store security before his unprovoked attack on Daniels.
The “swatting” of gun owners and carry permit holders is a deliberate tactic that has been egged on and encouraged by numerous followers of the various extreme Gun Control Groups like Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) , Everytown for Gun Control and Moms Demand Action. There are 100's, if not 1000's of readily available screen captures from the various groups Facebook pages and Twitter accounts of their supporters openly advocating this behavior and encouraging others to do the same.
It is almost a certainty that this “swatting” type of behavior, actively encouraged to be used as a tactic by Gun Control Group members , was the direct cause of the death of John Crawford III in a BeaverCreek Ohio Walmart last August.
Crawford was shot to death by BeaverCreek Police Officers for carrying a pellet rifle in the store that he had picked up off the shelf, possibly in order to purchase it.
Store security camera footage that was released showed Crawford holding the empty pellet rifle at his side, pointed at the floor, directly and irrefutably contradicting the claims of Ronald Ritchie, the person who called 911 and reported that Crawford had pointed the toy at two children and other shoppers.
There are plentiful other stories of law-abiding gun owners being intentionally “swatted” by people that hate guns. In the case of John Crawford III, this despicable tactic got an innocent man killed.
Given the documented propensity for Anti Gun zealots to encourage and cheer each other on in using such tactics, it is long past time that the Groups (for providing a forum for such discussions) as well as the posters themselves be investigated and charged with conspiracy, accessories and whatever other criminal charges may apply when things like the murder of John Crawford III and the violent and unprovoked attack of Clarence Daniels takes place.
Failing to hold these people accountable for their false reports and efforts to use the Police as an instrument of revenge against those they do not agree with or like can only encourage more and more “swatting” in the future. Shannon Watts herself, Chief Prostitute of Propaganda for Moms Demand Action is actually upset at the fact that Michael Foster was arrested for his illegal ambush attack.
How many more innocent people must be falsely detained arrested, attacked, injured or killed for exercising their rights before those that engage in such despicable tactics are held accountable for their crimes?
I say not one more!
About Dan Roberts Dan Roberts is a grassroots supporter of gun rights that has chosen AmmoLand Shooting Sports News as the perfect outlet for his frank, ‘Jersey Attitude' filled articles on Guns and Gun Owner Rights.As a resident of the oppressive state of New Jersey he is well placed to be able to discuss the abuses of government against our inalienable rights to keep and bear arms as he writes from deep behind NJ's Anti-Gun iron curtain. Read more from Dan Roberts or email him at [email protected] You can also find him on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dan.roberts.18