How do Gunbullies react when you call them on their behavior? Unsurprisingly, like bullies.
I’m a sucker for superheroes and have loved comic books all of my life. Even the stereotypical plot points, when the hero or heroine gets the bad guy talking to expose their plans. Did you see Marvel’s “The Avengers” movie? Black Widow uses this technique twice in that film. This site published a piece intended to do just that, draw out and expose gunbullies and their techniques. It was a resounding success.
Once again, it does need to be said that Gunbullies do not represent the average American gun owner. As I have said many times before, I do not support a gun ban. I have learned through life experience that not everyone is responsible enough to own a firearm. Those that would attempt to bully you with internet comments aren’t those to be trusted with weaponry. If you’re not the person seeking out targets for fellow Gunbullies to swarm, and if you’re not part of that swarm, then this doesn’t apply to you.
You see, there is a small yet very vocal faction of gun owners in this country that you can safely classify as Gunbullies. They are far beyond simple gun rights, they want to intimidate those who don’t feel like they do. Many Facebook pages exist with the sole purpose of directing swarms of followers to posts with opinions they don’t like. This isn’t in dispute, these pages are easy to find and don’t hide what they do.
One of these pages in particular was singled out, and sure enough, they took the bait. They didn’t even try to see if it was a trap, they just posted the link to the piece and sent their followers to attack, just as it predicted. I did enjoy that they said that guys like me are the reason they created that attack page, and was proud they felt threatened by the article.
So how do Gunbullies react when you call them on it? Unsurprisingly, like bullies. Last week’s article contained screenshots of statements that can’t possibly be defended, such as Davis here, threatening to feed me the dead body of my own child. Pretty cut and dried there, right? You have to acknowledge that this guy is bad news.
Not so much. The closest anyone got to doing so was my own personal pet troll, blocked from my Facebook and stalking me from site to site attacking me which, again, was the whole point of the piece. This dude said the kid was wrong to say what he did, but that didn’t matter because I was hoping for somebody to say something like that. Insanity. Nobody wants that. He followed that brilliance with how he is just a drunken party guy, so nobody should take him seriously. Really. That was his excuse, the kid was probably just drunk.
Just let that sink in, it’s okay to threaten to kill a parent and their child if you’re drunk. That’s the takeaway. Give that boy a pistol! YEE-haw!
He followed that up with another vitriolic rant against me, and then told me elsewhere to stop referring back to that threat. He’d had enough of it. Why should he care? Nobody was threatening to kill his kid, so this shouldn’t matter. And this guy was far and away the very best the Gunbullies could do in regards to justification of this attempted intimidation.
Most commenters just called me names. I got “liar” a lot, followed by “liberal” and various sundries from the insult store. My favorite was being called “coward” by anonymous commenters hiding their names and faces. After all, it would be awful if someone could figure out who they were, and maybe trace them back to their Facebook profile or something, hmmm? You know, like what happened to me, the guy not hiding his name and face. Yeah that would be terrible, huh?
Yeah, I’m speaking in a condescending tone to them. That bothered quite a few of the swarm. But bullies don’t deserve respect, and they sure don’t like pushback as it turns out. One of them gave me the sage advice that I should ‘suck it up, buttercup” so let’s hand that right back to the rest of the group.
Some even called me the bully. Pretty hilarious, as the majority of them were directed here by gun nut pages with the sole purpose of bullying me. One of them even likened their tactics to the stand Rosa Parks took. “Moms Demand Gunsense are the real villains,” they would say. “They are totally picking on us! That’s why we smear and defame their founders with lies. That’s why we make up fake profiles and attribute quotes to them that they did not say!” Sure, Gunbullies, whatever. Moms Demand Gunsense are not threatening your lives. But you have been threatening theirs.
Many accused me of being a troll. Considering that I composed the piece as a trap to get Gunbullies to put their repulsive behavior on display, I suppose that is kind of true. Yeah, I troll Gunbullies. I troll those who would try to intimidate others with lies, threats, and swarms of followers trying to shout you down. You know why? Because you need to be called out on that bullshit, Gunbullies. I’m not picking on women. I’m not threatening to kill anyone’s child. I’m exposing those who are.
Gunbullies are not average everyday Americans. Once their pages began sending followers here, we tracked their origins with the analytics account paired with this site. Overwhelmingly, supporters of Gunbully pages come from the American South, and not even all of it. Specifically Texas, but Arizona and Florida were well represented as well.
Gunbullies use the volume of their opinions to make up for the lack of volume in their numbers. They are not the average American. They are not the majority, they aren’t even close. The highlighted hate page gave me a sudden rush of attackers, but not nearly as much as some other gun nut pages did. Better yet, it gave the article higher exposure and it was picked up by much friendlier pages. So some thanks are in order for helping get the word out.
Many showed they hadn’t even read the piece, they just started raging away, putting words in my mouth. With the notable exception of one regular site troll who craves the attention, most Gunbullies used pseudonyms. None but the aforementioned troll showed their face. Certainly, nobody dared to post their full name with their face.
If you’re not brave enough to put your name and face to something, you have no business calling anyone else a coward. But their lack of bravery was a given, regardless. After all, they have to attack one person, or a group of Moms having lunch, in a big group. The real reason they came running was because they fear what I have to say and they want to shut me up.
If you can’t take responsibility for your conduct online, then you’re not responsible enough to own a firearm. If you don’t realize that bullying and threats aren’t ethical, you’re not wise enough to own a gun. If you purposely attempt to intimidate other people, then you’re the “bad guy with a gun.” And if you threaten, scream at, or insult those who call you out on such repulsive behavior, then you love to dish it out, but can’t take it. Sure explains why you want to hug your gun so tightly.
Good guys don’t threaten to kill children. Good guys don’t stand up for those who say they want to kill children. Good guys don’t hide their faces to attack one person en masse. Good guys don’t cyber-stalk people they don’t like. Good guys don’t spit in women’s faces.
Gunbullies, you are not good guys. America is realizing that. Thanks for proving me right. Please keep doing so.
“I would rather be a little nobody, than to be a evil somebody.” ~ Abraham Lincoln