Gunbloggers are a very passionate bunch, and trolls have noticed this. We hold certain beliefs and will defend them to the last, even on the internet. I've seen 2nd Amendment debates go on (and on, and on) in the comment sections of blogs - sometimes hundreds of comments long. Often it gets heated- strawman arguments, namecalling, insults, penis jokes, the inevitable Godwin's law - and the majority of the time the ugliness is started by trolls. They know which buttons to push to get a gunblogger riled up and by the time you realize that you're not going to change their minds regarding gun rights, throwing up your hands in frustration and walking away from the keyboard, they've already gotten what they came for and you're the sucker.
See, these trolls claim to be anti-gun liberals (and maybe they are) but it's not their main motivation. They want attention. I'm sure they'd be trolling other blogs too, but they want a fight and they know they can get it from gunbloggers. They want a chance to call people names and be nasty to complete strangers. They look for a chance to harass you, even in meatspace. Perhaps in real life they are disgruntled, cowardly, impotent men and this is their only outlet for the demented filth they carry in their heads, I don't know...and I don't really care.
However, there is one thing that I am sure of - they will not find any satisfaction here.
So I'd like to suggest that everyone adopt The Breda Fallacy policy concerning trolls, starting today. Here it is (once a troll is identified as such):
Rule #1: Ignore them completely.
Rule #2: If a troll writes a blog post about you, refer to Rule #1.
Rule #3: If a troll comments on your blog, delete the comment as soon as possible* and refer again to Rule #1.
Rule #4: there is no Rule #4
(While following these rules, you may want to laugh at the trolls' pathetic attempts to get your attention, but that's up to you. It certainly makes it more fun.)
Simple, no? If we do not give them a place to play, they will eventually take their ball and go bother someone else. I hear those hipster indie music bloggers can sure get testy when you question their Bukowski.
_______________________*Yes, I am suggesting you send their comments down the memory hole. I do not owe anyone space on my blog, especially when they're deliberately trying to start arguments. I am happy to accept constructive criticism but being baited by a known asshole? Nope. Delete. Buh-bye. Remember, it's not about guns for them - it's only about starting a fight, that's what they get off on.
Also? Remember...this blog belongs to me. Every word, every byte, every pixel. Comments belong to me as soon as they're published.