Now I take a lot of what Fox says with a grain of salt so I wanted to read and find out more. Lo and behold this group, The Coalition To Stop Gun Violence is in fact encouraging their members to call 911 if they see someone open carrying a firearm.
The logic they provide for this suggestion is as follows:
Gun-toters who are truly law-abiding and mentally competent have nothing whatsoever to worry about. Their conversations with law enforcement will be brief and professional,” he added. “As for those who are dangerous and have something to hide which would not withstand the scrutiny of a background check or permitting process, they should expect to face some tough questions as a result of these 911 calls. And that makes us all safer.”
Now I am not even an advocate for open carry (happy to conceal) but I was floored to read that. This organization believes in the presumption of guilt. They believe that having a gun is in and of itself intent to commit a crime and the burden of proof is on the civilian that he is innocent of a crime that hasn't even been commited. So much for innocent until proven guilty. (see Why We Fight Background Checks and Should the government disarm people for crimes they might commit?)
I actually went to the facebook page of this group and found a post that said this in response to the story on fox news:
“They are inciting their radical base to turn their own neighbors in.” LOL Who writes this garbage? Oh, these poor babies. God forbid they should have to endure some responsibilities to go with all those rights they demand. Keep calling 911, folks, ANYTIME you see an armed individual in public and have doubts about their intentions. We WILL NOT allow the well-being of our loved ones to be threatened by insane gun laws.
They actually said that. "LOL". Like it is some kind of joke to call the cops on innocent people without the understanding that that level of confusion can cause a situation to play out horrificly without a single question being asked by anyone. If a cop is dispatched because of a 911 call involving a gun, they show up assuming a violent crime has happened or will happen. They will most likely show up with guns drawn and extremely sensitive to the movements of the person they were called to investigate. That person, not being a criminal and having no criminal intent might not even realize the cops are there because of him. What if he wants to record whatever is about to happen and reaches into his pocket for his smart phone and a cop shoots him thinking he is going for his weapon? What if this bogus call to 911 for a political ideology just got 1 man killed and ruined a cop's life? Not to mention the people who are in danger because the CSGV is wasting the time of police officers who would otherwise be available to deal with an actual crime somewhere else.
I mean I can only assume that one of two situations has occured if they are recommending this behavior to anyone - either they are incapable of anticipating the scenario I presented (or one like it) or they just don't care. Which would mean they are actually instigating gun violence. I hate to be crass, but I can't help but think of the old adage "Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity"
So which is it? Stupidity or something akin to domestic terrorism? I'm really curious. They say this is "responsibilities to go with all those rights they demand". Is violent persecution the responsibility of gun owners and if so would any sane person then choose to disarm themselves?