I am officially banned from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Facebook page. It took just one comment (that supposedly did not meet the Facebook Community Standards). Let me provide some context:
I was up late last night when I ran across this page:
For those non-Facebook users, I’ll try to provide screen shots:
Here are the comments (the CSGV called them threats, though I don’t see where anyone was threatened) provided with the story:
The post was framed to characterize all gun owners as the “lunatic fringe”. It was basically an anecdotal hit piece designed to appeal to readers’ emotions and convince hoplophobes that all gun owners are crazy. The comments from followers included the typical ad hominem attack on firearms enthusiasts (in addition to many other comments characterizing gun owners as crazy lunatics):
As a gun owner, I find such comments to be offensive, but well within Facebook Community Standards. I decided to comment on the post (although I should have noticed that there wasn’t a single gun rights activist in any of the comments). Here is what I wrote, verbatim:
I woke up this morning to find out that The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence reported my comment to Facebook, deleted the comment, and blocked me from commenting again:
I guess the CSGV simply does not like reasonable discussion, or even disagreement. I have reviewed the Facebook Community Standards and confirmed that my comment was not in violation. I attempted to reasonably discuss the issue and I was censored. I did not call them anti-rights cultists, though that description is arguably accurate. I did not attack anyone, nor characterize anyone by a stereotype (as they did to gun owners).
As a gun-rights activist, I base my arguments on reason, statistics, logic, and Constitutional protection. The CSGV bases its arguments on fear, sensationalism, intolerance, and emotion- as witnessed by this censorship of any differing opinion. I encourage the CSGV and any followers to comment on my website and/or Facebook page at any time. Censorship isn’t helping the CSGV cause- if your argument is right, why would you need to silence opposition?