I've told you about swatting before. It's an idiotic pranking trend popular with online gamers that involves making fake emergency calls to law enforcement in order to send SWAT teams barreling down on the intended target of the prank. One lawmaker in New Jersey is trying to stop it and became a swatting victim himself because of his efforts.
Swatting is dumb, dangerous and could get someone killed. That's why New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty is trying to end it for good by promoting legislation that would increase the penalties for people who make prank calls to the police like this. Moriarty found out firsthand how dangerous swatting is recently when an anonymous caller reported a shooting at his home.
"I look out my front door. There's six cop cars. They have the street closed off. They have helmets, flak jackets and rifles," Moriarty said. "I walk out and walk towards them. They motion me to keep walking towards them. The minute I walked out the door, I was still on the phone with the dispatch person, I said 'I think I've just been swatted.' It just then occurred to me what happened."
This prank isn't funny. It's just plain dangerous and could result in tragedy.