I’ve never been a violent person. Now I’m not saying I haven’t been involved in an altercation or two when I was younger, or I don’t suffer from the occasional bout of mild road rage, but the vile hatred and disgust I’ve seen many people display as political commentators has been nothing short of appalling. And trust me, it’s more common than you think.
Maybe the internet gives people “online courage” to say things they wouldn’t say in person (which is completely believable). Hell, I get a few threatening messages every week. Usually I print them out to show off to friends as a “badge of honor” of sorts, and to show them the kind of insanity I deal with every day.
That being said, internet or not, nobody has the right to levy a death threat against anyone — period.
But that’s what happened on Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Facebook page when someone who went by the name “Johnny Bones” made a death threat toward candidate Wendy Davis.
Here’s the screenshot from the post:
I think it’s probably safe to say that “Johnny Bones” isn’t this person’s real name. Which tells us just how cowardly this individual really is. Acting big and bad, making death threats, and thinking a fake Facebook name guarantees anonymity. Cowardly and stupid at the same time.
But then the entire post tells to this person’s ignorance. Though sadly, minus the death threat, the tone of this person’s message is pretty much the same as many of the ones I see every single day.
Then, as this person threatens Wendy Davis with a “.50 cal head ache,” I can’t help but think to myself, “This person is probably legally allowed to own guns” (well, maybe not once the FBI finds out who they are). This is why the “mental health” argument, while valid on some levels, doesn’t really tackle the problem of gun violence.
This person, if they do own guns, is probably legally allowed to do so — until they break the law. Most people who commit heinous acts of gun violence were probably legally allowed to own guns before those acts were committed.
So how do you tackle the issue of “mental illness?” Confiscate guns from people we feel are mentally ill? Oh yeah, that’ll go over well. “I’m sorry sir, your neighbor feels you might be dangerous, we’re going to have to remove your guns.” Let’s see how well that goes.
But that’s an argument for another day.
If you dislike a particular candidate that’s fine, but under no circumstances should anyone ever make a death threat toward one. Even if it was just done online. I just hope the law enforcement authorities find this idiot quickly and ensures that he sees the inside of a jail cell.