Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | August 24, 2018

Cyber Gunfight at the Social Media Corral


You wouldn’t think that someone would lose their sh*t over a VOLUNTARY safety campaign geared towards getting shelter dogs adopted, but that’s exactly what happened recently when a video about Adopt Protection made the rounds on Facebook. For those who are unfamiliar with this initiative, it involves people swapping a gun in exchange for reduced adoption fees to get a shelter dog.

What ensued was a classic example of somone putting blind allegiance to their ideology ahead of common reasoning. The commenter that caused the outcry conflated a voluntary exchange program with unconstitutional seizure and accused the OP of messing with their rights and “taking their guns away”. Only a sharp rebuke from the OP made them stop their accusations.

What are some important takeaways from this?

  • Regardless of politics, efforts to reduce the numbers of animals euthanized in pounds by getting more adopted out should be commended. Injecting partisan politics into the discussion only serves as a distraction.
  • Although some would like to believe otherwise, not every person with a gun in the home A. accepts the responsibility that comes with owning a firearm or B. necessarily has one that they purchased or intend to use (some gun owners have inherited guns, for example). If a person CHOOSES to dispose of an unwanted gun in this manner, that is their perogative.
  • Accusing another person of trying to interfere with your rights or take something away from you is childish behavior that needs to be roundly condemned. Engaging in the online equivailent of shouting or screaming someone down, without paying attention to what they’re actually saying, gets us nowhere.

Maybe we can’t make everyone we encounter online BE civil, but we can take the lead in BEING civil.


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