Harassment

This week, SWATting is our primary focus. SWATting is the act of giving a false report to 911 about someone a person wants to harass doing something extremely violent when in fact he’s not doing anything. Also this week, we have news on a beating at a Kroger and a self-defense shooting at a Kroger, both of which while the supermarket chain is coming under pressure from a desperate anti-gun group.

1.) Walmart. This hit an apex in the firearms community when the killing of John Crawford III at an Ohio Walmart. Mr. Crawford was holding a BB gun that apparently had what Bearing Arms called a “vague resemblance” to the FN SCAR rife. The “ex-Marine” told a 911 operator that a black man was “walking around with a gun in the store.”

About a month later, Ritchie changed his story. It also turns out that he was thrown out of the Corps after being declared a “fraudulent enlistment.”

This is important from a gun rights perspective because anti-gun activists and left-wing talkers have been suggesting everything from theft, to SWATting/murder, to assault when they see someone open carrying. Not because the person is an active threat, but because “he has a gun.”

Yes, the people opposed to legal activity are protesting via illegal activity….even if it results in an innocent person getting killed.

2.) Westfield High School. SWATting also seems to be the modern way to call in bomb threats. Two such threats were called in to Westfield High School in Chantilly, VA. The threats were, of course, false, but managed to put the school on a sort of lockdown while police swept the area.

3.) Gaming. A man streaming the video game “Minecraft” on Twitch has also found himself the victim of a SWATting call. In fact, he has been SWATted for two straight weeks.

It doesn’t take much thought to see how SWATting is equal parts dangerous, criminal, and a waste of law enforcement resources. The FBI first warned people of this back in 2008, but it seems to have come to prominence fairly recently. The FBI released a new report on the act in September of last year.

4.) Kroger. Kroger has come under fire for it’s long-standing-but-recently-offensive-because-reasons policy of allowing people legally able to carry to do so in their stores. Despite the onslaught from Moms Demand Action From Illegal Mayors in Everytown, the company has upheld the policy, saying that they trust people to be “responsible in our stores.”

Aside from the nod to the ancient idea of personal responsibility, a practice society jettisoned around the turn of the century, two widely-publicized incidents have made the argument a bit harder to justify.

The first is an assault on Kroger employees and a customer, which was captured on video by a man later heard shouting “they got a white dude.”

The second is a man fatally shot trying to rob a Kroger in Indianapolis this week.

It’s defenselessness vs. armed defense.

There was also a story about Panera Bread “requesting” people not bring guns to their stores. Panera says it will follow state law regardless, but this was seen as a landmark victory by people who ignored that part.

It says a lot when a movement can be sedated with a single meaningless press release, frankly.

5.) Brawling while nude. A man in Greenville, Michigan apparently decided to sleep on the couch in someone else’s home last weekend. He was found by the home’s owner drunk and naked, who then got a shotgun and tried to wake him. An altercation followed which resulted in the homeowner shooting the drunk, naked intruder in the chest, killing him.

6.) Taxes. Finally this week, gun sales in Mississippi surged last weekend. The state held a Louisiana-style tax holiday.

Nothing else was changed in the buying process, but it wouldn’t shock me to see this spread.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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