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Lawmakers Looking To Make SWATting a Federal Crime

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.

When Everytown was trying to push for a boycott of Kroger’s supermarkets because they had the audacity NOT to cave into the un-American demands of the gun confiscation group they posted a video to try and gain traction.

A myriad of supporters spoke of how they would go and SWAT innocent people.  One comment sums up the rest rather succinctly:

“Whenever I see someone openly carrying a gun somewhere, I call the police immediately and let them know there is someone with a gun acting very threatening.”

Finally after all the insanity and gun control nutjobs being allowed to willfully lie to the police in hopes of murdering a law abiding citizen via cop, Federal lawmakers are stepping in to actually make these “pranks” a crime.

Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa and Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass recently introduced a piece of bipartisan legislation called the  Interstate Swatting Hoax Act.

While the legislation was initially written up as a response to deal with bomb and attack hoaxes to soft targets like schools, the text is broad enough to include throwing gun contol zealots into jail for SWATting law abiding citizens simply for exercising their 2nd Amendment Rights.

Criminal violation

Whoever, with the intent to cause an emergency response by any law enforcement agency, in the absence of circumstances requiring such a response, uses a telecommunications system, the mails, or any other facility of interstate or foreign commerce to knowingly transmit false or misleading information indicating that conduct has taken, is taking, or will take place that may reasonably be believed to constitute a violation of any State or Federal criminal law, or endanger public health or safety, shall—

(1) if an emergency response results, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both;
(2) if serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365) results, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both;
(3) if death results, be fined under this title or imprisoned for any number of years or for life, or both; and
(4) in any other case, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.

This legislation will make it harder for those “anonymous” tips to stay such and will offer harsher penalties than those the states would otherwise have.  You can read the full text of the Bill here:

Text of the Interstate Swatting Hoax Act

Hopefully with the passage of this bill gun control zealots will finally get what they deserve with this reckless and dangerous act of SWATting innocent people.

 

 

 

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