Floridians Reminded Not To Shoot At Hurricane Dorian
There’s a reason #FloridaMan is a thing on Twitter — guys in Florida do some crazy things.
Take this guy.
— Jim Sheridan (@jimsheridan) August 31, 2019
And in the #MeToo era, we’ll point out the Florida women are a bit out there, too, like the one featured in this article headlined: “Florida Woman Plastic-Wraps Home Ahead Of Hurricane Dorian.”
So it should come as no surprise that state officials are telling Florida men and women not to shoot at Hurricane Dorian.
“As the east coast eagerly await to see the path Hurricane Dorian is going to choose, an old illustration is once again circulating on social media reminding Floridians not to shoot at the approaching hurricane,” DiscussGlobal.com writes.
On Thursday, the Breaking 911 Twitter account tweeted out a recycled image warning people to not shoot at Dorian. Several Facebook events have been started to shoot at the storm but none seem to have picked up quite as much traction as similar social media jokes over the years.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 29, 2019
As you can see from the graphic, “bullets come back — don’t shoot.”
The graphic was first posted before Hurricane Irma in 2017., when a Facebook event titled “Shoot At Hurricane Irma” had over 29,000 signed up to attend and another 55,000 interested. “Let’s show Irma that we shoot first,” the event description read.
Of course, the event was likely a joke — but with Florida Man (and Woman), you just never know.
Back then, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office felt compelled to to tell Floridians not to shoot at the hurricane. “To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects,” the office wrote on Twitter.
To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects. https://t.co/CV4Y9OJknv
— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) September 10, 2017
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said he knew the notion was a joked, but worried about the few that might take it seriously. “Over 99% of the people out there have common sense and are listening, but we in law enforcement deal with the 1%, so we are trying to get the message to them,” Nocco told USA Today.
The idea popped up again in 2018, when Hurricane Florence appeared.
As for the effectiveness of firing at a hurricane, Inversepointed out that it’s a terrible idea.
For your safety and the safety of your neighbors, read this whole article before you aim your rifle, handgun, or pistol-grip semiautomatic rifle with a large-capacity magazine and telescoping stock at a hurricane and squeeze off a handful of rounds. If you shoot any bullet into a hurricane, it will travel fast enough to kill someone, but its trajectory will be blown way off course, making it nearly impossible to predict where it will land.
It will, inevitably, hit something or someone.
OK, so that’s out. But maybe dropping a nuclear weapon into will work, right?