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April 02, 2013
Boy's Facebook Photo Spurs Anti-Gun Hysteria - 7

You're a NRA certified firearms instructor and a state-sanctioned firearms hunting instructor. Your pre-teen son has passed his hunter safety test and has accompanied you on deer hunts. For his 11th birthday you get him a .22-caliber plinker that looks like an AR-15. You post a photo on Facebook of the beaming boy proudly posing with his birthday gift.
               
Not long after, four police officers in tactical SWAT gear confront you on your front lawn, demanding to see your weapons. With them are two state child-welfare caseworkers, insisting the Facebook photo of your son posing with an "assault weapon" is a shocking illustration of child endangerment.
               
Welcome to world of Shawn Moore, 31, of Carneys Point, N.J., whose home was raided on March 14 by police and social workers in response to anonymous calls expressing concern about the safety of a child -- and citing Moore's Facebook photo of his son posing with "an assault weapon" as probable cause evidence to investigate the allegations.
               
No charges were filed against Moore, who refused to allow police and social workers entry to his home without a warrant. Moore then wrote about the incident on Delaware Open Carry, spurring interest from media outlets nationwide.
               
On March 22, New Jersey Gov. Christie, citing "troubling questions" about how the case was handled, asked Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa to determine "whether all applicable laws were appropriately followed, and to take any remedial, investigative, or other actions that may be required" to ensure state and local agencies don't harass legal gun owners on spurious and silly pretenses.
               
"Any reasonable person could have seen the photo online and realized that there was nothing wrong with a boy proudly holding his gun," writes Robert Flynn on March 27 on gather.com. "But in the liberal hysteria caused by their unreasonable fear of guns, anyone who owns one is a potential cold-blooded murderer. And anyone who exposes an innocent child to a gun must be, as liberals believe, completely insane. It is this kind of panic on the part of liberals that is the real danger to Americans, not guns."
               
               
For more, go to:
-- Shawn Moore's account on Delaware Open Carry
               
-- Facebook boy-with-gun pic: Governor wants investigation
               
-- NJ Gov. Chris Christie Defends Rights of Gun Owners
               
-- COPS, CASEWORKERS TERRORIZE NEW JERSEY FAMILY
               
-- DAD: THIS PICTURE OF MY SON HOLDING A GUN TRIGGERED A VISIT FROM NJ POLICE, FAMILY SERVICES
               
-- Christie asks for investigation of agency's response to gun photo
               
-- Christie calls for investigation of New Jersey agency's response to boy-with-gun photo
               
-- New Jersey probing response to boy-with-gun photo

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from MyYak wrote 1 year 1 week ago

And what about the "FRIEND" on Facebook that turned him in. I would find out who it is and unfriend him. The family didn't brake any laws.

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from 1uglymutha wrote 1 year 1 week ago

gov. christie asked the ag to look into the matter? this will be buried so far under the statehouse that no one will ever see it again. why not ask the fox to investigate the missing chickens? what a bunch of crap.

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from MDhunter1 wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

This makes me sad. No father should ever have to think about the possibility of his son being threatened to be taken and his house be raided before he proudly shares a picture of his son's first gun with friends and family. Jmho

-Jack

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

Yet another example of why it's stupid to post photos of anything controversial on the internet. I certainly don't agree with the response to it, but to post a photo of your kid with an AR-looking firearm on Facebook is akin to looking for a fight.

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from sangcoacc wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

I get the hysteria from the case workers. No surprise there. Whomever decided this needed a tactical response is completely irresponsible. All in all, it's a spooky sneak peak into the future.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

maybe Chris Christie is getting some of his sense back. This is ridiculous and somebody ought to be in deep trouble.

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from MazPower wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

I remember hearing about this back in March, and it made me throw up in my mouth a little. Kudos to Moore for doing so many things right; from educating his son on firearms safety, introducing him to the world of firearms, not allowing any of the hired goons into his house, and ensuring that something so sickening was documented and publicized to draw attention to how insane it was. Someone is raising their kids right.

And to Moore Jr, enjoy that AR-22.

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from MazPower wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

I remember hearing about this back in March, and it made me throw up in my mouth a little. Kudos to Moore for doing so many things right; from educating his son on firearms safety, introducing him to the world of firearms, not allowing any of the hired goons into his house, and ensuring that something so sickening was documented and publicized to draw attention to how insane it was. Someone is raising their kids right.

And to Moore Jr, enjoy that AR-22.

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from sangcoacc wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

I get the hysteria from the case workers. No surprise there. Whomever decided this needed a tactical response is completely irresponsible. All in all, it's a spooky sneak peak into the future.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

maybe Chris Christie is getting some of his sense back. This is ridiculous and somebody ought to be in deep trouble.

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from MDhunter1 wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

This makes me sad. No father should ever have to think about the possibility of his son being threatened to be taken and his house be raided before he proudly shares a picture of his son's first gun with friends and family. Jmho

-Jack

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from 1uglymutha wrote 1 year 1 week ago

gov. christie asked the ag to look into the matter? this will be buried so far under the statehouse that no one will ever see it again. why not ask the fox to investigate the missing chickens? what a bunch of crap.

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from MyYak wrote 1 year 1 week ago

And what about the "FRIEND" on Facebook that turned him in. I would find out who it is and unfriend him. The family didn't brake any laws.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago

Yet another example of why it's stupid to post photos of anything controversial on the internet. I certainly don't agree with the response to it, but to post a photo of your kid with an AR-looking firearm on Facebook is akin to looking for a fight.

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