dittybopper: Dimensio: dittybopper: dittybopper: Or, you could just go ahead and get a muzzleloading black powder mortar and not have to worry about things like Destructive Device taxes, or even buying them through an FFL.FTFM. Mortars generally are loaded by the muzzle, even most modern ones.So you are saying that Congress needs to close the "black powder mortar loophole"?It's not a loophole. They are expressly not covered by US gun laws, along with things like muzzleloading rifles, smoothbores, and handguns, or cartridge guns manufactured before 1898.
pyrotek85: Would you have rather had the American version, where some kid makes a passing reference to the toy in school, the police interrogate the kid for 10 hours, raid his neighbors house and kill everyone inside, plant evidence suggesting that it was really the right house, and pat themselves on the back for bringing justice to a 92 year old crimelord?Somehow, I prefer the UK version of events more.I'd rather they had looked at the picture and realized it's a toy.
ethics-gradient: WTF? They go out prepared to smash down someone's front door and invade their home without even bothering to look at the picture? Which 'tarded moron's word did they take for this and why?This is what really scares me about British police nowadays, they have the monopoly on state approved violence but act in such a way that makes me suspect that a lot of people have been promoted beyind their capabilities.There's been mutterings that they need a professional officer corps like the military.
zedster: apparently this was the picture that got him in trouble[sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]
trappedspirit: Suddenly dittybopper closes his facebook account
the ha ha guy: weapon13: Do you mean warrants? Don't you guys in 'merkinland have to open the door to police who have a search warrant?In America, we rarely get the chance.When carrying out a warrant, unless it's just collecting evidence for an ongoing court case, standard procedure is to bust down the door, kill any dogs, handcuff any people, and search the house for anyone else who needs to be dragged out and handcuffed. Once that's done, if anyone is left alive, THEN they'll announce themselves as police, briefly flash the warrant, and begin ransacking the house for whatever it is they're looking for.Suffice to say, it's not uncommon for people to be killed by police when these warrants are carried out. If it turns out they killed someone at the wrong house, no matter, they just plant a few bags of marijuana and call it a drug bust. If they went to the wrong house but didn't kill anyone, too bad, now the innocent homeowners have to buy new windows, doors, electronics, furniture, etc, because the police sure aren't going to replace the stuff they broke.But according to American media, the USA is the last stronghold of freedom and human rights in the world, and the UK is nothing but a communist police-run nanny-state...
weapon13: Do you mean warrants? Don't you guys in 'merkinland have to open the door to police who have a search warrant?
pyrotek85: I'd rather they had looked at the picture and realized it's a toy.
pyrotek85: "Ian's friend, Stephen Hall, said he felt the police were right to check out the information they had been given."I think this is the worst part IMO, he thinks it's ok apparently.
BraveNewCheneyWorld: Recoil Therapy: Good thing it was in the UK rather than the US these days. Here it would have been an excuse for the SWAT boys to get out all their toys, blow the door off the hinges, flash bangs burning the carpet, shoot the dog, etc, etc, etc (probably with a news crew in tow as well just to 'document the procedure' - only to confiscate the tapes once it is known what a cluster fark the whole thing is)./sadly probably closer to the truth than satireNow they just burn your house down with you inside.
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