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  •  A similar incident out of Janesville, WI (1+ / 0-)
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    Police: Janesville boy's bb gun causes scare

    By GAZETTE STAFF
    Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 3:16 p.m.

    JANESVILLE—Police had to remind a Janesville boy of the gravity of recent shooting deaths after reports that he was walking around his neighbor-hood pointing a look-alike assault rifle at passing vehicles.

    Police were called to the 1600 block of Lexington Drive after reports came in at about 2 p.m. today of a male in camouflage brandishing an assault rifle at passing traffic near the corner of Blackbridge Road and North Lexington Drive on Janesville’s east side, according to 911 scanner traffic.

    Several officers rushed to the area and blocked off nearby streets and told neighbors to stay inside their homes as police armed with assault rifles searched yards around nearby residences...

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    •  Key quote of why I'm trying to be impartial (0+ / 0-)

      AND not be emotionally manipulated:

      He said police explained to the boy that he had alarmed motorists, police and people in the neighborhood, and that it’s a bad idea to walk around in public openly brandishing any kind of a gun.
      This misinformation is propaganda meant to manipulate people into fear control.
      Brandished Law & Legal Definition

      Federal law defines brandished as, “with reference to a dangerous weapon (including a firearm) means that all or part of the weapon was displayed, or the presence of the weapon was otherwise made known to another person, in order to intimidate that person, regardless of whether the weapon was directly visible to that person. Accordingly, although the dangerous weapon does not have to be directly visible, the weapon must be present.” (18 USCS Appx § 1B1.1)

      The law makes clear intent, not perceived/manufactured fear.

      It is not illegal for a 12 yr old to play being a commando, not yet anyways.

      Hey, but I still hold the position that if you want these things to end, stop teaching our children how to be such through video games, movies and television, simple.

      No one in my generation pretended to be commandos on a mission...most of us, if we ever considered going into the military it was because it was a way out of the poverty we were forced into, for no other reasons.

      We didn't have dreams of being the hero on some secret mission to save the world and die in a blaze of glory.

      See the problem yet?

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 05:42:12 AM PST

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      •  Yes, I do see a problem, and this is a symptom. (0+ / 0-)

        And am sorry you do not see this as a real problem.

        "Just having fun" and "boys will be boys," I guess?

        he was walking around his neighborhood pointing a look-alike assault rifle at passing vehicles.
        •  Were you not ever a child? You cannot criminalize (0+ / 0-)

          childhood AND that's exactly what I see you trying to do here.

          Its bad enough we are drugging our children at levels never before seen in human history because they are kids.  

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

          You now want them to be something other than what they see on TV, movies and video games.  If you don't want them to get ideas then demand these things not be allowed.  

          Place the blame where it legitimately belongs, on society and the media moguls that make billions by conditioning children to act in violent ways, or in this specific case, they way you don't like, "playing commando".

          -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

          by gerrilea on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 10:05:24 PM PST

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