Father Displays Army Fatigued Child Holding a Military Style Gun on Facebook

Father Displays Army Fatigued Child Holding a Military Style Gun on Facebook

It's like the movie "A Christmas Story," with a modern day twist! Only it's not Christmas, it's an 11th birthday, and it's not Ralphie, it's Josh, who looks a lot like Ralphie with his pink, rosy cheeks that help hold up his wire-framed glasses. There's even a gun involved, but it's not a Ryder BB gun; it's a .22 caliber rifle, a gift from Josh's "Old Man," as Ralphie referred to his dad in the movie. And, while there's no Santa Clause or stockings hung by the chimney with care, there are the twinkling lights of police cars, police officers, a lawyer, staff from the Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) in New Jersey and a proud father's Facebook page.

Father Displays Army Fatigued Child Holding a Military Style Gun on Facebook
(Credit: Shawn Moore/Facebook)
Shawn Moore, Josh's dad, was having an evening out with a buddy when he received a disturbing text message from his wife telling him that the cops and DYFS were at their home wanting to check his guns.

Hmmm, a random gun check? I hardly think so.

In pursuit of his home, Moore contacted his lawyer on his cell phone. Armed only with a live cell phone, he walked into his home and told officials to get out of his house. Officials told him that they just wanted to look around and check his guns to make sure they were all registered. When Moore refused, due to the lack of a search warrant and no charges against him, officials began to pressure him, but to no avail. Moore didn't budge.

According to Moore, officials stayed just long enough to threaten to take his kids, get search warrants and to use other intimidating tactics.

What triggered this event? The harmless photo below posted on Shawn Moore's Facebook page.

Are you kidding me?! What in the WORLD is wrong with this picture? Could you imagine if "A Christmas Story" decided to write this situation into the plot of their movie?

In my opinion, this is just a proud daddy showing off his son who is obviously overjoyed with his birthday present! Besides, it's just a .22 caliber it's not like it's an AK-47 or a belt-fed semiautomatic, and obviously Josh has been taught the proper way to hold a gun.

Okay readers, what are you thoughts? How can we help Shawn through this delicate situation?

Oh and this isn't all to the story! Stay tuned as Associate Editor Lindsay Page tells part two of this story on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Source of story and photo: http://www.deloc.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=8175

Posted by Ginger Hill on Apr 01, 2013

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