[LMB] OT: Swatting

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Mon Dec 18 03:04:11 GMT 2017

On Mon, 18 Dec 2017 02:42:42 +0000, WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com>

>I’ve seen several TV shows lately that featured swatting. For those not familiar with the term, it involves calling in an emergency (911 in the US) saying that someone is being held hostage or there is a terrorist situation. The police take it seriously (Could you imagine what would happen if they didn’t?) and send a Special Weapons And Tactics team to break down the door and handcuff everyone. These teams carry guns and expect the worst. 
>A few years ago a gun collector was examining a cap and ball dueling pistol in his own home when he was swatted. He survived, paralyzed. 
>This seems to be an increasing problem and not just in the US. We want people to call when they see situations developing but don’t want people hurt or killed for what is essentially a prank. Some people seem to think it’s the same as having pizzas delivered late at night. It’s not. 
>Aside from the danger to the people swatted, it’s a misuse of the police. 
>This list has a large number of different and highly intelligent people. Any ideas?

Not sure how this would pan out in the US, but in the UK this would be a
serious criminal offence with potentially a sentence of 6 months.  
Light travels faster than sound.  This is why some people appear bright.
Until they speak.

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