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You may have seen the headline this weekend and thought it was a joke. Unfortunately, it’s true. Florida Police had to tell citizens not to shoot their guns at Hurricane Irma. A Facebook group organized an event where someone thought shooting the massive 400-mile-wide Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds was a good idea. Apparently it was intended as a joke but sadly, 54,000 people signed up to shoot at Hurricane Irma.
A Facebook event was created called “Shoot At Hurricane Irma” where it said: “YO SO THIS GOOFY LOOKING WINDY HEADA** NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST.” The event went so viral that the Pasco Sheriff’s Office was forced to respond to the ridiculous hurricane prevention. “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,” explained Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. Pasco County is located on the western coast of Florida near Tampa.
— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) September 10, 2017
The Facebook event was started by two men, one of them was Ryon Edwards who said, “A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event.” Edwards is a resident of DeLand, Florida and posted a response that said, “I figured (law enforcement officers) of all people would understand the humor behind (the group).” “Well guys, it’s here. The moment we’ve been waiting for. It was cool to see the response this got from facebook. On another note, I’ve learned that about 50% of the world could not understand sarcasm to save their lives. Carry on.”