Atlanta-based left-wing radical talk show host Mike Malloy says that if he sees a long gun open carrier, he’s going to do everything in his power to cause a panicked and potentially deadly police response:
I guess what I’ll do if I’m ever in that situation and I see one of these half-witted yahoos walking in with a weapon, high-caliber rifle like that, I’ll just put on a berserk act.I will just start screaming Gun! Gun! Gun! Watch out, everybody hit the deck! Guns! Guns! Everybody! And then dial 911 and I will say, shots fired, which will bring every g**-damned cop within 15 miles. And then the half-wits with the long guns are going to panic and they’re going to run out of the store and if that rifle isn’t shouldered properly, the cop is going to take a look at that and put a bullet right in their forehead.
Make sure you follow the link (above) to NewsBusters where they have the audio of Malloy’s rant. He’s… something else.
It’s quite apparent in the segment that Malloy takes great delight in facilitating a situation where gun owners (whom he hates) will die at the hands of law enforcement officers (whom he apparently hates more).
What Malloy is talking about is akin to “SWATing.” SWATing is when someone spoofs a 911 call from a location and claims that someone inside has committed some act of violence—typically murder—in order to draw a massive police response to that location.
Amped-up law enforcement officers (including SWAT/ERT tactical teams, which is how the practice earned its name) then respond with everything they have, expecting to face an armed madman who has already killed. In most instances of SWATing, the police respond to find either an empty home, or a clueless (and unarmed) victim, who is quickly released once the location is cleared and the officers realize that they’ve been fooled, at which point they go after the SWATer with a vengeance.
It’s shockingly easy to do, and many people, from journalists to celebrities, have been victims of SWATing. To date, I’m unaware of anyone being injured or killed by officers over-reacting to a SWATing call… but Malloy’s sick idea, broadcast to literally dozens of his fans, amplifies the possibility of violence by calling police to a location where he knows someone is armed, is something far more deadly.
Malloy’s plot is to intentionally incite a public panic, then a false report to police of shots being fired. He’s setting up a situation where responding officers are assured of finding someone with a weapon. His plan ramps up the panic levels of the public, the open carrier, and the responding police to the breaking point. One mistake, one misinterpreted move, could lead to poorly-trained, heavily-armed officers gunning down not just a frightened open carrier who only intended to make a political statement, but innocent bystanders downrange.
Sympathetic fire is a real and commonly phenomenon. If one officer in a tactical unit opens fire, it is common for surrounding officers to impulsively follow the first officer’s lead, even if it was a mistake. The hundreds of rounds fired in two separate instances during the debacle that was the Boston Marathon bomber hunt is a perfect example of this sort incident, but is not unusual.
That Malloy open fantasizes about an open carrier being gunned down in a crisis of his making is very disturbing. It amazes me that a man championing such violence has a syndicated radio show, and perhaps that says much about both the terrestrial and satellite radio stations carrying his message, and a progressive Malloy audience apparently drawn to the idea of tricking law enforcement officers in murdering those that hold differing political views.