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This is What Happens When You Have A Population That Has Never Seen or Interacted with a Firearm
http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/04/robert-farago/this-is-what-happens-when-you-have-a-population-that-has-never-seen-or-interacted-with-a-firearm/ ^ | April 29, 2012 | Robert Farago

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. Isidore’s 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.

John Boyle

Superintendent of Distribution Vineland Municipal Electric Utility

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TOPICS: Extended News; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: banglist; guns; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 04/30/2012 2:42:42 PM PDT by bkopto
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To: bkopto
This reminds me of the article where a guy freaked out when he found a .22 bullet on the ground.

2 posted on 04/30/2012 2:45:53 PM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: bkopto

.22 bullet found in Fossgate, York (real headline, NOT The Onion)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2682384/posts


3 posted on 04/30/2012 2:47:29 PM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: bkopto

Call 911 we are being invaded by bright yellow martians!


4 posted on 04/30/2012 2:48:17 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: bkopto
How is that any different from what happens when you have a population that "interacts" with weapons on a regular basis?

Meter-reader shot by fearful homeowner

5 posted on 04/30/2012 2:50:33 PM PDT by x
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To: bkopto

6 posted on 04/30/2012 2:51:25 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: bkopto
This is What Happens When You Have A Population That Has Never Seen or Interacted with a Firearm

I went to the site to find out but there was nothing there but a letter .......

7 posted on 04/30/2012 2:54:02 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: Red Badger

LOL....classic.

No further comment.


8 posted on 04/30/2012 3:03:09 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: TSgt

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.


9 posted on 04/30/2012 3:03:29 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: bkopto
In all fairness, he was probably looking over a fence, and aimed this device towards the meter.

At a distance, this just might possibly look like a weapon of some sort, I suppose. Maybe.

10 posted on 04/30/2012 3:09:22 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: x

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...


11 posted on 04/30/2012 3:12:52 PM PDT by PissAndVinegar
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Fully-automatic-assault rifle-pistol-revolver-machine gun!


12 posted on 04/30/2012 3:15:49 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: PissAndVinegar

Utility worker has a utility easement to enter for maintenance. He wasn’t trespassing.


13 posted on 04/30/2012 3:19:11 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: bkopto

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.


14 posted on 04/30/2012 3:43:43 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Red Badger

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.


15 posted on 04/30/2012 3:51:00 PM PDT by IamConservative (Shall I try and perhaps fail or shall I do nothing without fail?)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Is that Barney Frank’s boyfriend?


16 posted on 04/30/2012 4:07:25 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: IamConservative
I’ve seen that picture of Al 1000 times and just noticed that gun isn’t loaded.
albore was issued one bullet, but his CO kept it in his pocket.
17 posted on 04/30/2012 4:09:51 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: bkopto

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.


18 posted on 04/30/2012 4:09:51 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: rockrr
Utility worker has a utility easement to enter for maintenance.

Absolutely correct!

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!

19 posted on 04/30/2012 4:11:02 PM PDT by JDoutrider (Impeach! Incarcerate! Deport!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Ackackack!!!!

20 posted on 04/30/2012 4:12:18 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: IamConservative
Maybe the squad leader knew who he was dealing with. I don’t see any magazine pouches either.
21 posted on 04/30/2012 4:13:04 PM PDT by kitchen (America or obama - you can't have both.)
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To: IamConservative

I’m pretty sure you’re still not supposed to do that, even if you KNOW the thing isn’t loaded.


22 posted on 04/30/2012 4:14:08 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

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!


23 posted on 04/30/2012 4:23:25 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: TSgt

Ha ha ha...


24 posted on 04/30/2012 4:28:33 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: IamConservative
You know what's really funny? When Algore was running for
pres his campaign put that pic on his official website.
25 posted on 04/30/2012 4:31:47 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: bkopto

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.


26 posted on 04/30/2012 4:50:15 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: carriage_hill

The media would identify as an “assault rifle AK-47”.

Or maybe an Uzi.


27 posted on 04/30/2012 6:26:47 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: TSgt

I was wondering why people were posting in a thread I put up over a year ago. Good memory.


28 posted on 04/30/2012 7:25:50 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Boogieman
I’m pretty sure you’re still not supposed to do that, even if you KNOW the thing isn’t loaded.

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...

29 posted on 05/01/2012 10:34:03 AM PDT by Kenton
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