Dad Receives Visit from Authorities After Posting Pic of Son with .22 Rifle on Facebook

Picture: Shawn Moore (C)

New Jersey resident Shawn Moore received a visit from authorities after posting a picture on Facebook of his eleven year-old son Josh holding a .22 rifle that had been given to him as a birthday present. I live in the Deep South, and being given a rifle or shotgun by your father is a common rite of passage in some families. I never had one as a kid, but most of my friends did, and I was the odd man out. In those families, the firearm was traditionally held by parents for safe-keeping and only brought out to use for target shooting or hunting under adult supervision. The South is still largely rural, and how to keep and maintain firearms is considered an essential skill for most boys – and some daughters.

I don’t know what life in New Jersey is like. I know that down here there’d be much outrage from political officials and private citizens alike if something like this happened. Maybe some of you Disinfonauts north of the Mason-Dixon can lend some perspective.


He said he received a text from his wife that police and alleged members of the Department of Youth and Family Services had paid their home a visit. It was, allegedly, not a social call.

Indeed, he posted a picture of police in what he describes as “tactical gear.”

He says the authorities demanded to enter the house in Carneys Point, N.J., and check his guns. His lawyer, on a cell phone speakerphone, was privy to all the discussions.

Moore insisted that he wouldn’t open the safe where his guns are kept– as no warrant was allegedly presented to him — and that a lady from the Department of Youth and Family Services refused to identify herself.
The Associated Press says that neither the department nor the police were prepared to comment on the alleged visitation and its purpose.

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11 Comments on "Dad Receives Visit from Authorities After Posting Pic of Son with .22 Rifle on Facebook"

  1. LucidDreamR | Mar 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm |

    I suppose this is going too far north to really bear any weight on the subject; but here in Maine it is most definitely more common than not for youths to be raised with firearms. Also a much more rural area. Hell around here you could walk into any one of a thousand different mom&pop stores that would have whole walls proudly displaying youths with guns during hunting seasons. It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly people (on a whole) become disconnected with Nature, and what it actually took to survive in our very recent history when they move to cities. Sure seems foolish to me to forget both our history and these invaluable skills themselves; whether they are immediately needed or not. That said: considering how closely certain social media sites *cough* work with our government, and the apparent push by the latter on this whole “gun issue”… It frankly would not surprise me to see something like that happen here even.

    • InfvoCuernos | Mar 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm |

      I agree, the attitude of most people is that we have overcome nature and we will never ever have to worry about important survival skills again because that supermarket on the corner will always be stocked. Just watch your typical post-apocalyptic zombie movie or tv show and you see the primary means of getting food is to scavenge canned goods from stores or home pantries. That shit’s going to run out really fast. Also, I am sure all of us are watched by the govt. mearly by being on this site. That’s ok, keep watching G-man.

      • LucidDreamR | Mar 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm |

        Call me a bit cold: but I often dream of the entire lot of us being suddenly thrown back into a situation where we actually have to apply ourselves to survive. Can’t help but think it would make this place far more enjoyable for the survivors. Had a conversation the other day about being watched; by the end of it we came to the conclusion you really aren’t living until you’re on a few “lists”.

  2. gwelymernans | Mar 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm |

    not north of the mason-dixon line in general… more of a coastal tendency. pennsylvania, which borders both nj and the mason-dixon line, doesn’t have such a tendency… every year it has more liscensed hunters than any other state in the union. granted, the western 2/3 of pa are in appalachia and rather rural.

  3. Eric_D_Read | Mar 21, 2013 at 6:17 pm |

    I live in one of the most rural areas in NJ, and there is a fairly significant hunting culture here as well. But you do need to be licensed to own ANY type of gun and you have to register it with the local gesta….I mean state police.
    P.S. To any and all persons monitoring my comments in order to better Protect and Serve the people of the great and glorious Garden State, please don’t batter down my door and shoot my dog when you send in SWAT.

  4. Keep spreading these sorts of ridiculous events – the rest of the world has GOT to see how our government is meddling in affairs that have NOTHING to do with them. Do not slow down – it really looks like we might finally be gaining some traction with the common sense that we all keep trying to teach others. Molon Labe!

  5. I’m a Southerner, too, although guns are really a rural v. urban thing. I visited NYC for the first time a couple years ago. Not being a city person or a northern person, I asked my NJ native friend what the most offensive thing I could do was. He said, “Talk about your guns.” (Note: I did. No one was offended, and the city turned out much better than expected).

    11 years is plenty old enough for a .22 rifle. His finger is off the trigger and it looks to be pointed in a safe direction. Can’t see the safety from this side. They even have a gun safe which are ridiculously expensive. Only qualm is that the bolt isn’t held open and the dust cover is (if it is indeed an AR). Because of that, if I happened to walk by I would assume it was loaded with one in the chamber. There’s no way to tell, but better safe than sorry.

  6. BuzzCoastin | Mar 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm |

    that part of Jersey is more redneck than not
    so it shouldn’t have been a problem for his neighbors

    I think the unexplored issue here is not whether or not the kid should have gun
    but whether or not it’s smart to post anything on FaceSnitch

    thank god Disinfo is only monitored by NSA bots
    sure, occasionally a human monitor checks in here
    but they’re bots too
    they just don’t know it

    • Agreed… Now is not the time to flaunt that you have guns. I saw a dude at the grocery store with a handgun. I am pretty sure he wore it just to be that guy.

  7. I know a guy that lived in Utah who purchased a lot of NATO rounds online for an M1 Garand. His Guatemalan daughter in law was living there at the time, which was around the stay vigilant Shrub regime. Anyhow when they arrived by UPS, the daughter in law accepted the package. The UPS guy thought she was a terrorist. So one day the ATF came knocking on the door. How’s that for ‘Murica?

  8. BuzzCoastin | Mar 22, 2013 at 4:14 am |

    your neighbor’s step-aunt is a hooker
    and Ask25.clams is a virus infest java exploit site
    butt thanks fer sharin

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