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Florida Authorities Asked Gun Owners to Refrain From Shooting the Storm

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Though it should be very obvious that shooting at a hurricane won’t make it go away, a Facebook event recently made headlines for encouraging Floridians to will Irma away from wreaking havoc on the Sunshine State. The event, called “Shoot At Hurricane Irma,” was created by Ryon Edwards as a joke fueled by feeling helpless as the hurricane barreled towards his home. The New York Times says he was shocked to see the huge response to his Facebook event.

But even if the majority of the more than 55,000 people who responded that they were interested in the event were in on the joke, authorities were still concerned that some would take the outrageous suggestion seriously. Newsweek writes that in a response, the Pasco Sheriff tweeted, “To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”

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Edwards’s last post on the Facebook event reads, “Make sure to help each other out during and after the storm in whatever way you can. While the news will make countless stories about us ‘encouraging’ people to shoot the hurricane, there will be far less coverage on how Floridians always have each others’ backs in times of need.”