As if people don’t have enough to worry about with Hurricane Irma bearing down on the entire state of Florida, some Florida residents decided it would be a good idea to hold a Facebook event called “Shoot At Hurricane Irma.” So far, the event has garnered 26,000 people who have clicked that they are “Going” and another 54,000 people who have clicked that they are “Interested” in the event.
‘YO SO THIS GOOFY 🙄🙄LOOKING WINDY HEADASS NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US🤔🤔🤔, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST 😤😤😤’
In an interview with the BBC relayed on Yahoo News, Ryon Edwards, stated:
‘A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event. The response is a complete and total surprise to me. I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control.’
Unfortunately, the sheriff of Pasco County, Florida didn’t see the humor of the event and felt it necessary to remind people on Twitter that shooting into a hurricane could have catastrophic consequences. With a graphic from Yahoo.com, the sheriff pointed out that bullets fired into an active hurricane are dangerous.
Responses on Twitter under the sheriff’s tweet were varied from support to the diligent law enforcement folks sticking it out to help anyone that stayed to weather the storm to the typical keyboard warrior response of “Duh, we kind of knew this already,” and, “Hello, Captain Obvious.”
Despite the tongue-in-cheek intent of the Facebook event, the warning about shooting into a live hurricane should be taken seriously. This storm is 400 miles wide, and a hapless projectile could end up a long way from its humble beginning at the hands of a misguided gun owner with nothing but time and an ample supply of ammunition.
Please be careful out there.
Featured image from Facebook.