Be Careful What You Post On Facebook
Whether it costs you a job, or admission to that college you dreamed of going to, we've all seen examples of how things someone might post on facebook can come back to haunt you.
The latest example comes from New Jersey, where a man posted a picture of his 11-year-old son holding an early birthday present: a .22 rifle that looks more like an AR-15. This led to what can only be described as a scary, unexpected confrontation.
Here is the account of the events from the father himself:
"Last night I was out with a buddy of mine. I got
a text from my wife that the cops and Dept of youth and family services (dyfs)
are at the house and they wanna check out my guns and needed me to open my
safe. I’m instantly on my way. I get in contact with Evan Nappen (Lawyer) on
the way. I explain the situation. I walk in my house and hand the phone to the
first cop I see. Then direct all of em outside. dyfs got a call because of a
pic on facebook of my son holding a gun. They wanted to look around and check
all my guns out, make sure they were all registered. Obviously that didn’t go
well because I refused. I had Nappen on speaker phone the entire time so they
had to deal with both of us. They kept trying to pressure me to open my safe.
They had no warrant, no charges, nothing. I didn’t budge. I was told I was
being “unreasonable” and that I was acting suspicious because I wouldn’t open
my safe. Told me they were gonna get a search warrant. Told em go ahead. Nappen
(my lawyer) asked me for the dyfs workers name. she wouldnt give it. i asked
for credentials and she wouldnt show em. i tried to take a pic of her and she
turned around real fast and walked away. After a while of them threatening to
take my kids, get warrants and intimidation they left. Empty handed and seeing
nothing. People it can happen that fast. Most people wouldn’t have stood up to
them like I did."
That means that based on a random call from someone who saw the picture online, DYFS and the police saw fit to try and confront this man. This should send a chill down your spine. This man knew his rights, and knew what these people could and could not do without a search warrant. The sad thing is that many do not know their rights and would give in to such threats and requests.
I have a feeling that you're going to start going to seeing events like this on a more frequent basis as the government tries to put your second amendment rights in a choke hold.
If this story does anything, it should make you want to know what your rights are in the event that you're faced with a similar situation. My advice is to educate yourself, so that you can protect yourself like this man did.