Nobody seemed to care to do anything about swatting when it wasn't happening to fat chicks with bad dye jobs. Anyway, more "think of the women" legislation with no real teeth.
If you want to solve swatting, you have to address it from the police side. The swatters are very difficult to find, very often overseas, and very often minors. These three things make new laws and punishments pretty ineffective as a solution.
So we need to change how we respond to these types of calls. Let's be honest with ourselves, no legitimate active shooter/hostage/other SWAT-required type of call is going to come from a single untraceable VOIP call. You're going to get nailed by calls coming from legitimate local cell phones. By all means, get everyone ready to roll if you receive a call, but if more calls don't come and the phone number is suspicious or makes no sense, you stop them short of actually deploying and endangering lives.
"But what if this results in a legitimate emergency call getting ignored! You have to take every call seriously."
No. You don't. Haphazard deployment of SWAT teams is orders of magnitude more dangerous than exercising a little caution on that one in a million 911 call that makes claims that warrant a SWAT response. Sending adrenaline fueled dudes with automatic weapons and flashbangs into some unsuspecting citizens home is a recipe for disaster, and it's simply not acceptable.
Ultimately the police have to realize that if they can't catch swatters then the burden is on them to adjust their behavior in order to protect lives. This comment was edited on Nov 20, 2015, 00:30.
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