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  •  I guess (3+ / 0-)
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    it is possible that it is one that looked like a gun, but to me "controller" implies just the regular rectangular one. If it were one that looked like a gun I suspect it would have been mentioned in the story.

    •  I'd like to see the controller the boy had (2+ / 0-)
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      when he opened the door. If it looks like the stock photo of the controller in the news article's photo, then I think the cop overreacted. If, however, it looks almost exactly like a real gun, then I can see why she drew down.

      All someone has to do is dig and find a photo of the controller the investigators obviously took as evidence.

      •  Well (8+ / 0-)

        The Rawstory article says,

        Attorney Cole Law, who is representing the family, told WSB-TV that the boy was holding a Wii video game controller because he was getting ready to watch a movie.
        If you were planning to use your Wii to stream a movie, I think you would be using the regular controller, not an accessory that looked like a gun.

        It might have been black. I think they make black ones. But I doubt it would have looked just like a gun.

        •  Besides... (2+ / 0-)

          even if someone did show up at the door holding a gun, does it really make sense to shoot them immediately?

          If so that is probably not good news for people who like open carry.

          •  Huh? (2+ / 0-)
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            Ask a cop that first question. In fact, ask every cop you know and have ever known how they would react under that circumstance. Oh hell, just take an office poll, and ask them that question precisely how you asked it here.

            "Open carry" is a holstered pistol in plain sight. I've never seen or heard of a cop draw on someone openly carrying---if open carry is legal like it is in my state. Nor should they draw. It is when that gun is taken OUT of the holster and brandished that cops (and everyone else I would presume) get a little antsy, and understandably so.

            Know your terms, mmm'K?

            •  We did not read (4+ / 0-)
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              (at least I did not) that he pointed the Wii controller at the cop as though he were going to shoot her with it, or waved it around in a frightening way. All we heard is that he was holding it, most likely pointing down if he was holding the doorknob in the other hand. I would personally hope that cops would at least try telling someone to drop their weapon before just opening fire. I guess this is a leap from Stand Your Ground - we can just shoot anybody who we see holding a weapon now? Just another reason to be glad not to own one.

              Yes I know the term, I don't think it is a huge leap from "strapped to my belt" to "in my hand but pointing at the ground."

        •  Noted (2+ / 0-)
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          He is the defense attorney after all.

      •  OK, I tried (2+ / 0-)
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        to find something on the evidence taken from the boy's house, but the Georgia Bureau of Investigation hasn't released any more news on the shooting.

        IF it turns out that the controller resembled a real gun, and not the stock white, remote control-looking thing that my kid has for her Wii, THEN will some of you calling for the cop to be jailed admit that yes, maybe you could understand why she did what she did?

        Some of the articles about the shooting state that the cop thought it was/looked like a "[BB] gun", which infers it was NOT the remote control-looking, white 8" wand that comes with the Wii game.

        So. Let's all wait and see what that controller REALLY looked like, shall we? I'll be back to take my licks or to call you out when we know for sure what the damn thing looked like.

        •  In the meantime you have made multiple (6+ / 0-)

          statements that the controller looked like a gun.


          Why would you make such statements?  What is your need to rush to judgement?

          Why not take your own advise and wait for the evidence to come out?

          •  No rush to judgement here (0+ / 0-)

            At first, when I read this diary and (gasp!) followed the link provided for maybe some more info, I had in my mind a picture of the white, 8" or so rectangular stock Wii "controller" just like my kid has. I was considering what most on this thread are damned SURE of (ie, rush to judgement) when someone posted a side-by-side photo of a .380 semi auto and an aftermarket Wii "controller" that resembles the .380.

            THAT photo was enough for me to step back and think, "Whoa, what IF the kid had that in his hand?" THAT is called reasonable DOUBT. But don't let that stand in your way or being so SURE it was a stock "controller" and the cop had set out that night to murder a child.

            •  What a load of bull! (0+ / 0-)
              But don't let that stand in your way or being so SURE it was a stock "controller" and the cop had set out that night to murder a child.
              Show me where I said either thing.  You can't.  You are just a pathetic liar who got called on your false statements by several posters.


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