It may not be the best reason. It may not even be a good reason. But one reason to keep on weblogging is the knowledge that your doing so makes people wish you were dead:
Yes, you read that right – apparently the pretentious proprietor of "Smoke & Thunder" is hoping that "some gun blogs and gun bloggers will do the right thing (i.e. kill themselves)". Looking past the question of how a website would "kill" itself, this is only the second time (with the first being a particularly disgusting anti-rights cultist who delights in the senseless deaths of others) that someone has ever publicly proclaimed a desire to see me dead.
Interesting. I must be doing something right.
Note that the coward behind "Smoke and Thunder" lacks the intestinal fortitude to put Barron‘s and my names in the main body of his post, but instead sticks them up in the "Tags" section – less likely to be notice there. Note that he has never once pointed out a logical error or factual flaw in any of our posts, and instead continues to fall back on the crutch that we are not "qualified experts". Note that we have never claimed to be "qualified experts", and typically make that abundantly clear in the situations where it is necessary. Note that the scumbag behind "Smoke and Thunder" unquestionably considers himself to be one of the "more appealing gun rights activists" while simultaneously telling one of the best actual pro-rights activists that she is a "dumbfuck" for disagreeing with him and demanding that other women "backdoor" him with "nudie pix". Who knew that misogyny was "appealing"? Note that neither Barron nor I (nor anyone else I saw) ever made "threats" against the "Smoke and Thunder" site, nor the immature, miserable mind behind it. Note that Barron and I should apparently kill ourselves for daring to exercise our First-Amendment-protected rights to free speech and free expression.
I think now is a good time to highlight a chain of comments left by "Mark" on this previous post about the train wreck that is "Smoke and Thunder":
Not leaving the link to my blog because I don’t wish for this obviously mentally incapacitated individual to know it and try to add me to his so called “social” web page. The absolute gall of him however strikes me that he is in severe need of a mental evaluation. His actions and posts leads me to believe in a professional observation that he is severely unbalanced and possibly dangerous to himself and others. If facts regarding him as posted on other sites are true, he needs a minimum of a 72 hour hold and evaluation, for his own safety and the safety of others. I have no doubt that after such an evaluation he would be involuntarily committed for treatment for a minimum of 90 days. If he is already under a Doctors care for his obvious mental instability, his Doctor needs to be made aware of his actions and blood work as to the efficacy of his current medications needs to be performed. I find his actions and posts to be extremely disturbing, as such since he has an obvious mental deficiency, the fact that he is attempting to run a “Gun” site has alarms bells ringing in my head, and I believe the local authorities of wherever he lives need to be notified as he may be attempting to use his “Site” as an attempt to obtain firearms as a restricted person. We do not need another Virginia Tech or Tuscon.
I am an Ordained Minister, ex-military medic and an ex-cop and it is a judgement based on counseling persons who suffer from various psychological impairments and other experience. His passive aggressive responses with a few outright threatening/hostile comments, as in if I heard him say that in front of me I’d be calling for a law enforcement officer. Coupled with reports of him possibly having been arrested for possession of child pornography and assault. He leads me to have a professional judgement that he needs a psych eval soonest, for his own well being as well as the well being of others.
As for specifics, his reaction to a simple comment which would be innocuous to anyone else, he railed against the commenter using unnecessary profanity and insults. That alone shows me a lack of social skills with a borderline aggressive personality.
Frankly this I am afraid this person may take any negative comments as a personal attack up on himself, and attempt to stalk, harass or even physically assault a commenter if he possibly can to “show” others who speak out against him or his actions. I believe his ego has now gotten involved in his actions and that he may goad himself to actions which can dangerous to others.
I was being cautious as to whether or not he is the person with the child pornography and assault charges. Those were the “Frosting” on the cake so to speak if it is him. I was basing my original judgement upon his current statements and actions. Finding out that he “MAY” have assault charges and charges of possession of child pornography, if it IS him just furthers my concerns. This individual is a ticking time bomb. He is getting further and further away from rational thought processes, and I am seriously concerned that he is becoming a danger. If not to himself, society in general. One has only to turn on the television to see how mentally deranged people are lashing out at society, and I am concerned he may be the next headline on the TV news.
I too would like to know why he is acting this way. And I seriously feel that he needs an evaluation. With Ohio, Tuscon and Virginia Tech fresh in the minds of people, I am afraid he may look upon that as a sort of fuel for his own actions. I think his local LEA needs to be notified and the logs of his comments shown to them. He is becoming more and more of a loose cannon, and I feel that he needs help before he does something to himself or others.
I am not a psychologist / psychiatrist, and I mostly slept through the PSYC101 class Georgia Tech made us take for some reason (though it was also one of the few classes I aced – not exactly difficult subject matter), but even I can tell that the warped mind behind "Smoke and Thunder" is passive-aggressive, self-destructive, paranoid, narcissistic, and verging on full-blown psychopathic, so I tend to concur with the good minister’s observations. Additionally, I share the good minister’s concerns over what this perverse mind will decide to do once it becomes obviously apparent that we pro-rights webloggers who predate him are not going to simply roll up our shops and retire simply because he wants us to.
I wonder how long it will take these not-quite-death-threats to evolve into actual death threats against anyone who dares disagree with the broken mind behind "Smoke & Thunder"? Regardless, I cannot say as though I comprehend the mentality that would wish death – by their hands or by the hands of their intended victim – upon someone simply over a difference of opinions; talk about an elemental "fail" at the most basic of levels when it comes to the rights and liberties of all human beings, as they are protected by the American Constitution.
Relatedly, it is worth noting that error pages at "Smoke and Thunder" no longer redirect to the Violence Policy Center, and it is likewise worth noting that "Smoking Blunder" has more actual members than "Smoke and Thunder".
(This post courtesy of a tweet from Barron Barnett. I know, "Do not feed the troll," but I firmly believe that airing out the troll’s dirty laundry for all the world to see is a worthwhile cause, especially since none of my links go back to his site, "nofollow" or not.)