Shooting at Hurricane Irma Facebook event

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This Facebook event encourages people to shoot guns at Hurricane Irma—and thousands have RSPV’d

This is a terrible idea.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 10, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 5:57 pm CDT

As Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida, putting the entire state in danger, one resident apparently thinks he has the solution to fighting the storm and to staving off the boredom he thinks he might feel.

So, a 22-year-old named Ryon Edwards, along with Zeke Miller, created a Facebook event to shoot guns at the incoming storm.

Shooting at Hurricane Irma Facebook group
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The event is most likely a gag, but with 26,000 people RSVP’ing and another 54,000 people saying they’re interested in participating, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office felt compelled to tweet this warning.

Edwards told the BBC he created the event “to lighten the mood” and because “a combination of stress and boredom made me start the event.”

“I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself,” Edwards said. “It has become something a little out of my control.”

Edwards’ idea apparently inspired another Facebook user to create a “Flame Throwing Hurricane Irma” event. “It’s time we took a stand against this bully!” reads the description. “This is our home, nobody drives us out of our own territory. Join me in this fight as we shoot flames at Hurricane Irma and dissipate her on the spot.”

It seems like most people knew Edwards’ idea was silly and were just playing along for fun. But the Pasco Sheriff’s Office apparently was worried that some would take it seriously and, we suppose, try to shoot bullets at the wind and rain. We know, of course, this is a terrible idea.

H/T Yahoo

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*First Published: Sep 10, 2017, 7:53 am CDT