A group of Florida gun owners has created a Facebook event to shoot at Hurricane Irma. A Florida Sheriff is urging people not to do this, saying that they “won’t turn it around.” Yes, a Sheriff is actually having to tell people this.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office warned that shooting weapons at the hurricane “will have very dangerous side effects.”
Up to 53,000 people said they were interested in the event and 25,000 people said they would attend the event. This is insane.
The event was set up by 22-year-old Ryon Edwards. The description read:
“YO SO THIS GOOFY LOOKING WINDY HEADA** NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST.”
The Sherrif’s office tweeted:
“To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”
Edwards told the BBC he made the event out of boredom and frustration. He was surprised by the reaction:
“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.”
Graphics quickly appeared on the internet showing how to shoot at the hurricane. Also, other Facebook events appeared to try and combat the hurricane with such methods as waving your arms in a circle, cooling the Atlantic with ice cubes, and using fans to change the wind pattern.
The category 5 storm barrelled through the Caribbean killing 24 people. Six million people were asked to evacuate Florida. Many people said it became impossible to evacuate because of traffic jams, gas stations running out of fuel, and hotel rooms being booked.
I just can’t believe some idiots think they can shoot at this storm or use fans to turn it around.
Featured image via Twitter.