I’m sure there’s a quote out there somewhere about knowing you’ve “made it” when you start to get haters. I’ve been fortunate enough that my little blog over here hasn’t garnered enough attention to get any hate mail, either by way of comments OR email. That is, until now. Finally someone was passionate enough about something I wrote to post a comment so scathing that I’m unsure as to whether to give it approval or just bin it.
I’m not sure how “Gary” found my blog, but he read my post about the mentality of arming everyone in the US and was clearly upset by it. I don’t remember the last time I was called a biased waste of oxygen, numbnuts, or the scum on the bottom of someone’s shoe all in one exchange.
The funny thing is, he thinks I deleted all the comments from people who didn’t agree with me. The truth was, I never got comments from people who didn’t agree with me. Most likely because there’s only about 70 people who read this blog, and maybe a dozen who regularly comment. Chances are, those people are going to be like-minded individuals. I wouldn’t shy away from a healthy debate over policies and cultures, but outright name calling, and sentences like “I hope you get raped by a pack of wild negro crackheads looking for a fix and a sperm depository and you have no way to defend yourself” don’t really facilitate intelligent conversation. All it does is cement my argument that firearms are for the violent-minded and un-educated. I don’t really think that – not completely – but that’s the argument this comment makes, really.
I briefly considered publishing the comment and responding to it, but ultimately decided against it. If someone has something intelligent to say, regardless of whether they agree with me or not, it will get published. But now, and always, hate and abusive vitriol will not be tolerated.
It’s Tuesday, so I’m linking up with Jess for IBOT. Hope you’ll join in too!