People will do outrageous things for a laugh, but the advent of the internet has made it near-impossible for some to discern the serious from the ludicrous.
With hurricanes being the focus of so much attention over the last couple of weeks, you could just about guess that somebody was going to try and make light of it, at some point. What you probably couldn’t foresee was that there would be enough to take it seriously that law enforcement would be forced to speak out.
With Irma bearing down, a Florida man created a Facebook event page, inviting people to “shoot” at Hurricane Irma.
“I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control,” Edwards said.
It definitely got out of control, with 46,000 people marking themselves as “attending” the event, by Friday.
If any are familiar with how Facebook events go, anyone can say they’re attending, but how many actually turn out for the event is questionable.
That being said, the sheriff of Pasco County, Florida felt compelled to issue a warning.
I can’t face-palm hard enough over this.
Other joke Irma events have been created in the days leading up to the storm, including “Push Hurricane Irma Somewhere Else” and “Peacefully Protesting Hurricane Irma.”
“Let’s show Hurricane Irma that her ideology of violence and destruction are not welcome in Gainesville,” the latter event’s description reads.
That’s cute. That’s acceptable, and it doesn’t encourage anyone to do anything that might have unforeseen, tragic consequences.
Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys around 9am, battering the coast and snapping trees, as a category 4 storm.
So far, there’s been no news of anyone attempting to face down the powerful storm and unload a few .44 slugs into the winds.
Let’s pray it stays that way.