Skip to comments.This is What Happens When You Have A Population That Has Never Seen or Interacted with a Firearm
Posted on 04/30/2012 2:42:31 PM PDT by bkopto
A message from Vineland Municipal Utilities to their customers:
On March 14, a Vineland [New Jersey] Municipal Utility meter reader was reading meters near the Winslow School and St. Isidores day care in Vineland.
The meter reader was using an automated electronic device to read water meters. This device is configured in such a way that it could possibly be mistaken for a firearm.
Given recent events and concerns about violence in schools, the presence of the meter reader carrying the device was reported and emergency procedures were immediately implemented . . .
First of all, I would like to congratulate the responders for a job well done. I believe one can never be too safe under these circumstances. I also would like to apologize to those students, school administrators and parents who were upset by the incident.
To avoid a repeat in the future, we will take the following action.
1) VMU meter readers, in addition to their uniforms, will wear bright yellow vests with stenciling identifying them as VMU meter readers.
2) The device will be clearly marked in such a way that it could not be mistaken for a firearm.
Superintendent of Distribution Vineland Municipal Electric Utility
(Excerpt) Read more at thetruthaboutguns.com ...
.22 bullet found in Fossgate, York (real headline, NOT The Onion)
Call 911 we are being invaded by bright yellow martians!
I went to the site to find out but there was nothing there but a letter .......
No further comment.
It reminds me of the time I was traveling along a boulevard in a suburb of Denver and a cop steps out from behind a fence about 30 yards ahead, takes a shooter’s stance and aims a speed gun at me (and other traffic). Going 45 mph (the legal speed) and seeing a figure in dark clothes step out and take aim caused me to momentarily consider locking up my brakes and taking evasive action. I’m glad I wasn’t too tired from a day’s construction work because I had about one second to process what I was seeing and make a decision.
At a distance, this just might possibly look like a weapon of some sort, I suppose. Maybe.
Not enough details to compare and contrast but in the link you posted, the worker was clearly trespassing and had to even climb a fence to do so. The homeowner wasn’t charged, rightfully so.
So if the worker in the OP knocked on the door, got no answer then trespassed on private property then it’s similar. If not, nice strawman...
Fully-automatic-assault rifle-pistol-revolver-machine gun!
Utility worker has a utility easement to enter for maintenance. He wasn’t trespassing.
The way semiautomatic rifles have been selling, you’d think everyone in New Jersey would have several of ‘em. Apparently, they think it’s a long way to the next wall or tree. Could solve one national problem, if they all get very excited at once, though (joke). City slickers, get shotguns and/or pistols for self-defense—not long range varmint rifles. Or waste your money...or whatever.
I’ve seen that picture of Al 1000 times and just noticed that gun isn’t loaded. Could be one in the pipe, but definitely no magazine.
Is that Barney Frank’s boyfriend?
Kinda funny. Last Thursday, I was driving home and in my neighborhood, a couple of guys were walking down the sidewalk, one with a scoped rifle slung over his shoulder. no big deal.
You should have seen the reactions I got when I was a inspector for Puget Power back in the early nineties walking through business and communities around Seattle!
The heat reader I carried looked like an Uzi with a fore and rear grip and a scope on top... many, many calls to police! Once they checked us out (more than once!) all they did was tell not to point it anyone...LOL!
I’m pretty sure you’re still not supposed to do that, even if you KNOW the thing isn’t loaded.
He needs to add one of those flags that unfurls when he pulls the “trigger” that has “bang” written on it like Bugs Bunny has!
Ha ha ha...
Not surprising. This happened in a state where motorists are not allowed to pump their own gas. Many younger residents probably don’t know what a gas pump nozzle looks like.
The media would identify as an “assault rifle AK-47”.
Or maybe an Uzi.
I was wondering why people were posting in a thread I put up over a year ago. Good memory.
Every rural kid has to memorize the saying, "treat every gun as if it's loaded" before he gets his first .22 (which comes around the age of 12 or so). Not only that, he gets to constantly show the grown-ups in the family for the better part of the next decade.
Al's more the "metrosexual" type though; I'm sure at some point in basic training somebody mentioned firearms safety, but it apparently didn't have the same impact as learning it from a Scots-Irish grandfather...