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Pippa Middleton's Gun Photo: Harmless or Reckless?

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Yet another photograph taken from the rear of Pippa Middleton is making worldwide news, but this time she isn't the centerpiece, and neither is her rear. The press is circulating a shot of the 28-year-old socialite in a car sitting next to a man who appears to be pointing a handgun at the paparazzo taking the photo. However, both Pippa and the photographer say the gun was fake.

The Sun, a London tabloid, initially reported that the photographer was "considering his options," and that even if the gun was fake, using it to threaten someone like that could land the man brandishing the pistol a two-year sentence under English law. But ABC News claims the photographer knew it was fake the whole time, and has no intention of pressing charges. After all, he probably got a pretty penny out of The Sun for it. But was the man's use of the toy gun harmless or reckless? And is it scandalous that Pippa Middleton was somehow involved?

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  • KoAm 2012/04/17 14:06:54
    Harmless
    KoAm
    +16
    A toy gun? Everyone involved knew it was a toy? Nothing to see here.

    And this is in a country, no less, where a member of the royal family lost her life in a car accident that very well may have had to do with paparazzi chasing her.

    If the Brits should be peed off at anyone, it should be these paparazzi types -- not the innocent people who are just trying to move from A to B without a pack of idiots chasing them.

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  • Donald ... TrentPa... 2012/04/18 05:39:11
    Donald Eric Kesler
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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4...

    Personally, I think it is wonderful that all of the races keep having sex with one another. I think it is the way to world peace. One day we will be one happy race of people.
  • dallas 2012/04/17 17:44:37
  • mihai71 2012/04/17 17:43:59
    Harmless
    mihai71
    Who cares!
  • LukeC 2012/04/17 17:35:53
    Harmless
    LukeC
    +1
    If I had paparazzi on my case, I probably would end up pulling a real gun on them.

    Human interest has a real nasty side, did you not see the lengths the press went into disturbing families so they could give the first story.

    Just because these people are well known, does not mean I am allowed to know every detail of there life, it clearly has no concern to me.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/04/17 17:35:01
    Harmless
    HarleyCharley
    +1
    BFD...
  • JERSEYDUDE 2012/04/17 17:19:18
    Reckless
    JERSEYDUDE
    +3
    wave a fake gun around in America youll be shot and/or arrested in a second....the gun i doubt was fake and the look in that guys eye is evil
  • PULLLLLLL! 2012/04/17 17:11:14
    Reckless
    PULLLLLLL!
    +3
    Brandishing a Firearm whether it be real or fake to intimidate someone is a CRIME....
  • S123 2012/04/17 17:06:00
    Harmless
    S123
    +2
    It’s okay if the paparazzo knew it was fake, and having no real evidence, I'm going to trust ABC over a tabloid. How is it "scandalous" that Pippa was in the car? We don't know if she was involved with what he was doing.
  • BigFig#9 2012/04/17 17:05:34
    Reckless
    BigFig#9
    +3
    Harmless? Brandishing what appears to be a handgun in an open car? George Zimmerman might have had to take her out were he there! The point is those having the gun pointed at them as well as any law enforcement would have no idea it was a toy and this 'funny' situation could have quickly turned very serious.
  • S123 BigFig#9 2012/04/17 17:08:03
    S123
    +1
    According to ABC News, the photographer knew it was fake.
  • BigFig#9 S123 2012/04/17 17:17:33
    BigFig#9
    +1
    OK---that's the photographer---What about everybody else that sees this... Perhaps she needs to go to basic training - 'I know you know that's not a real working rifle son but you let that barrel point at anyone again and you'll be having the whole damn thing surgically removed from your backside'
  • S123 BigFig#9 2012/04/17 17:49:26
    S123
    +2
    How is she responsible for what he did?
  • BigFig#9 S123 2012/04/17 17:53:21
    BigFig#9
    When you sit there and laugh at somebody instead of stopping them you now assume a share of the guilt. If he was drunk behind the wheel and she didn't try to stop him then she share guilt. Too many people no longer understand you have a role in your friend's behavior.
  • S123 BigFig#9 2012/04/17 18:09:35
    S123
    +1
    We don't know if why she was laughing or weather she could have stopped him. Maybe she had told him to stop. Why do you think what he did is wrong anyway if the photographer knew it was fake?
  • BigFig#9 S123 2012/04/17 18:58:03
    BigFig#9
    Simple rule - never point a gun or a pretend gun at anyone, anywhere no matter what.
  • AngelaDuke BigFig#9 2012/04/17 20:44:32
  • S123 BigFig#9 2012/04/17 23:18:26
    S123
    If they know it's a toy, I don't know what's wrong with it.
  • BigFig#9 S123 2012/04/17 23:22:06
    BigFig#9
    Maybe I didn't say this clearly - Never Point a Gun (Toy or otherwise.) Wisdom shared by Drill Sergeants the world over.
  • mae BigFig#9 2012/04/17 18:52:34
    mae
    You have an active imagination. This happened in England, not Chicago. Everyone in the car was in on this joke. All of England is sick of the Paparazzi--this was a tongue-in-cheek sight gag meant to show the level of disgust most Brits have for Paparazzi, especially those who are constantly dogged by them.
  • mae BigFig#9 2012/04/17 18:43:28
    mae
    This prank has less than nothing to do with George Zimmerman. Move on.
  • BigFig#9 mae 2012/04/17 19:00:43
    BigFig#9
    Except that it and Zimmerman points out the bad things that can happen with perceived deadly threats. My point here is that a perceived threat that may only be a 'joke' to Pippa and her friends or a 'potential robber' in Trayvon's case can badly.
  • mae BigFig#9 2012/04/17 19:29:08 (edited)
    mae
    +1
    Again, this has nothing to do with Trayvon, Zimmerman, or that situation. This was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek anti-Paparazzi statement, echoing the sentiments of nearly all British Citizens.. Unfortunetly, there were no Paparazzi around during the Zimmerman-Trayvon episode.
  • BigFig#9 mae 2012/04/17 19:56:28
    BigFig#9
    +1
    OK---I'll take Trayvon out of this - Don't point guns - even toy guns. Simple rule.
  • Fef 2012/04/17 16:43:28
    Reckless
    Fef
    +2
    Elitists alleys feel above the law.
  • S123 Fef 2012/04/17 16:52:01
    S123
    It says "But ABC News claims the photographer knew it was fake the whole time, and has no intention of pressing charges."
  • BigFig#9 S123 2012/04/17 23:25:53
    BigFig#9
    So did every person on the street who saw this know it was a toy...If everyone watching Pippa knew it was a toy I'll accept that it was 'cute'. Otherwise at the very least 'ill advised'.
  • FatherLiberty 2012/04/17 16:40:40
    Harmless
    FatherLiberty
    +2
    Stop following them around. Should have been a real gun.
  • Rebel 2012/04/17 16:39:23
    Reckless
    Rebel
    +1
    Oh...it's a fake gun so it's harmless. Try that in front of a cop and see what happens. It's reckless and irresponsible.
  • S123 Rebel 2012/04/17 16:51:03
    S123
    If the knows that the gun is fake (it says "ABC News claims the photographer knew it was fake the whole time, and has no intention of pressing charges.") I don't think that would be reckless and irresponsible.
  • Wayne T... S123 2012/04/17 18:31:46
    Wayne TH G 333
    +1
    Did all the bystanders know it was a fake gun as well? I doubt it. You can't go waving fake guns around in the streets!
  • S123 Wayne T... 2012/04/17 23:23:50
    S123
    Maybe he made it obvious to everyone somehow. Even if he didn't, I don't think it's that bad.
  • Rebel S123 2012/04/17 19:28:28
    Rebel
    How do you know it's fake? Where is the orange safety cap on the end? Looks pretty real to me. It may be all harmless now that we know....but I don't think we should justify this because of knowledge gained after the fact. Wrong is still wrong, even in England.
  • S123 Rebel 2012/04/17 23:22:06
    S123
    I don't know, maybe he made it obvious that he was joking; all I know is what ABC News said and what The Sun said and I trust ABC over a tabloid.
  • Sister Jean 2012/04/17 16:38:15
    Harmless
    Sister Jean
    +2
    harmless
  • Riobhca 2012/04/17 16:37:44 (edited)
    Harmless
    Riobhca
    +1
    So what? The media need to get the message that they do not have the right to invade everyone's privacy. This is probably about the only way to make an impression on some of them.
  • TXgirlbybirthCALgirlbheart 2012/04/17 16:36:38
    Harmless
    TXgirlbybirthCALgirlbheart
    +1
    Protecting yourself is harmless but they knew it was fake and they wanted to make a point very clear to the paparazzi not to take pic's of them in a moving car so close to them because of what had happened to Princess Diana.
  • lori 2012/04/17 16:28:59
    Reckless
    lori
    +2
    Whoever he is point that gun at, real or fake they do not know that and do not find it funny, they are in France and have very strict laws. And she seems to think it is funny. I don't.
  • S123 lori 2012/04/17 16:48:58
    S123
    It says "ABC News claims the photographer knew it was fake the whole time, and has no intention of pressing charges."
  • lori S123 2012/04/17 20:24:32
    lori
    has long as he doesn't mind, but i am not sure how the french police take it. since guns are not allowed of any kind.
  • S123 lori 2012/04/17 23:26:06
    S123
    It's illegal to jokingly point a toy gun at someone even if that someone knows it's a toy?

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