Don’t Feed the Trolls

A mentally unstable internet troll named Jenny Trout decided to go fishing for a story on Twitter. Instead of ignoring her, a few pro-gun people gave her what she was looking for.

First of all, my hat's off to Sean Sorrentino to An NC Gun Blog for finding this website. I never cease to be amazed by Sean's ability to sniff these people out and expose them. Ms. Trout, at her blog called “Trout Nation” has posted an article about the responses she received to her Tweet:

My kid is more important than your gun.

Set aside for a moment the fact that when you post anything on Twitter, especially when it comes to the subject has volatile as guns, you're gonna get interesting responses from all sides. And by interesting I mean awful. Twitter is a sewer and the vast majority of what happens on Twitter on both sides of the political spectrum is the reason that I don't dabble there. There are many who do and who thrive in that environment, but it's confrontational and divisive and ugly. I use it only to promote articles on my website. I can't stand getting down in the gutter with the lowlifes who live on Twitter. If you want to see the lowest of low, the most depraved, the most insane, the most angry, evil and divisive, just go on Twitter and post something about your faith or about how you're pro-life or how you support gun rights.

As you would expect, Ms. Trout got some interesting responses, some of which she posted on in her article. Some of those were actually quite reasonable but which she still found threatening. Others took her bait, recognized what she was doing, and jumped straight to “Molon Labe.” And let's face it, those kinds of responses to this kind of a Twitter post, it's like lobbing a grenade into a barrel of gasoline and waiting to see what happens.

So the gist of her article was to paint gun rights advocates as crazy and irrational. How on earth could anyone think their gun is more important than a child? What kind of troglodytes are these gun owners? Her point is so reasonable, how could anyone disagree?

The problem is that it's not a simple statement and she knows that. She's an Internet troll. She's trying to play like she's one of these sane, tolerant, high-minded intellectual people. Kind-hearted, loving, and good natured. She's actually none of those things. She's a coward. She's a troll.

And to top it off, I suspect she's mentally unstable. When the pro-gun comments started coming in, and they were perfectly reasonable and unthreatening, Ms. Trout's repeated response was to simply reply with her original tweet.

My kid is more important than your gun.

Over and over and over again. She never answered any of the criticisms or the valid points made in response. She just kept spouting her original, disingenuous point.

My kid is more important than your gun.

On it's face, that sentence is true. Life is more important than things. A gun is just a thing. A gun is nothing but a tool. It's a piece of metal. Sometimes a piece of metal and some plastic. But it's just a thing, so objectively she's correct that it is not more important than her kid. Or mine. But that's not the point she was trying to make.

Trout was using a simplistic statement to appeal to people's emotions to get the worst of the gun rights crowd to come out and say ridiculous and defensive things so that she could create a blog post about how terrible gun owners are. Look at the things that they said! See how crazy these gun people are? See how unreasonable they are? What kind of person values their guns more than their kids?

Well, Jenny, the problem is that you are disingenuous liar. Because what you're actually implying is that your kid is more important than the Constitution. You're implying that your kid is so important that you should have the right to disarm me. Your kid is so important that you should have the right to decide whether or not I have the right to defend myself. Your kid is so important that my natural right to self-defense is null and void. But you didn't say it that way. You said it in this disingenuous way to try and make people think that you are the one who's reasonable and open-minded when you're not. You're as intolerant, closed minded, and hateful as the people that you are ridiculing on your blog. What you did is you set a trap on Twitter, you hid behind a lie, and then tried to ridicule the people who came out and called you on it.

Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips
and harbors deceit in his heart;
when he speaks graciously, believe him not,
for there are seven abominations in his heart;
though his hatred be covered with deception,
his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. [Proverbs 26:24-26]

And when the argument turned against you, your only response was to continue to parrot the same statement over and over again. And if that didn't make you look mentally unstable enough, you then descended into personal insults when asked reasonable questions about your position. Well done.

Jenny, your kid is more important than my gun. My kids are more important than my guns. But this is a false dichotomy. We are not choosing between kids and guns. Like my smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and first-aid kits, my guns are intended to protect my kids. And the Second Amendment protects my right to have those guns. So, no, your kid is not more important to me than my guns are. I would never tell you how to care for or protect your kids, so why do you think it's your place to demand that I change the way I protect mine?

Basically what you're saying (and one of your commenters pointed this out very deftly) is that your kid is more important than your right to free speech. Your kid is more important than your right to freedom of assembly. Your kid is more important than your freedom of worship (thought what you worship, I have no idea). Your kid is more important than your right to not be subjected to unreasonable searches or having your property seized by the government. Your kid is more important than your right to jury trial. Your kid is more important than your Constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Basically what your sentence is implying is that your fear of other people's guns is more important than the Constitution. Or at least the parts that you don't like.

Sorry, Jenny. No.

We see exactly what you're up to. While you keep insulting those who disargee and spouting the ridiculous line “My kid is more important than your gun,” like you've got Tourette Syndrome, we know what you're all about. You're just trolling for material for your blog. You're not interested in an honest discussion, you made that quite clear in your hateful responses to some of the comments. Don't libs like you tell us we need to talk about guns after a mass shooting? But when we do, you throw around some “devastating verbal abuse.” Yeah, really devastating. What a coward.

This is why you don't feed the trolls.