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UK: Police raid party because of toy guns

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by Little-Acorn, Feb 10, 2009.

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    Government can handle gun issues much better than regular people can. Remember that.

    An especially striking part of this report, to me, is in the last line. Apparently, in England, you have to CALL THE POLICE if you're planning to have a party where TOY guns will be present.

    In the U.S., anti-gun-rights people have been pursuing a similar course, trying to get people whipped up into a hysterical frenzy over the mere sighting of something that LOOKS like a weapon.

    Can this sort of silliness be far behind, in the U.S.?

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    British Police Raid Cowboy-Themed Party Thinking Guns Are Real

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    Guests of a wild west-themed costume party got a scare when a posse of armed police officers stormed into the hootenanny thinking toy guns carried by partygoers were real, several British media outlets reported.

    The festivities were held Saturday by Roy and Val Worthington of Leicestershire, England, to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. But the celebration quickly turned into a disaster when three police cars and a helicopter showed up to investigate, the BBC reported.

    "It was a bit over the top with the helicopter," Roy Worthington told the BBC.

    The Leicestershire Police Department, however, defended the party crashing.

    “We have a duty to treat all reports of firearms as genuine,” a police spokeswoman told the Daily Mail newspaper.

    In an interview with the BBC, Val Worthington claimed that she had called police last November to notify them that some of her guests may be carrying toy guns.
     
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