File This One Under: Advice for Parents, Children and Teens
Tuesday, April 23 – FoxNews.com posts an article linking the online Al Qaeda recruiting publication “Inspire” to bomb-making plans used in Boston. Soon after, here in L.A., “Charlie” clicks on a link contained in the piece that takes him to the Jihadist magazine itself. He explores it, without questioning why such a hot-potato link was live, instead of just explained.
At 6:25 the next morning, Charlie’s condo door is nearly pounded off its hinges. Whizzing past his 18-month-old daughter’s crib, he marvels at her solid sleep. The peephole view through the door is of several LAPD officers and ATF agents. He turns the handle to find game faces and drawn sidearms. Boots instantly become doorstops. Their respective uniforms are tactical, but reasonably so. Still, they’re big, amped, and all going at once.
“Step back. You’re gonna wanna step back.”
“Are you alone? Step back.”
“We have a report of a man seen in your window waving a firearm.”
“Hold on, what?” Charlie demands, alarmed at their inching inward.
“Where are your weapons?”
“Hey, wait,” Charlie implores. “I have my 18-month-old daughter here!”
“Will you consent to a search of your property?”
“A man in your window was seen from the street with a handgun.”
“I don’t own a handgun! I have no firearms here.”
“Yes you do – a Ruger American, 270.”
“I just bought that. A friend is sighting it for me.”
“At what location?”
“You didn’t get the scope option?”
“Will you allow us further entry to check for ourselves?”
“Go ahead and look! It isn’t here. I have a baby, so I don’t keep guns here.”
They fan out into the living room, dining area, and next to the plasma by the big window in question. Charlie doesn’t merit a strategic takeover of his living room or his life, so he’s clueless but calm. As it hits him that this is really happening, he wonders why it feels like both an honor and an insult. (more…)