The web forum known as Baen’s Bar is once again being criticised for the apparent violent comments in one of its subsections. There is coverage here at File 770 (https://file770.com/pixel-scroll-8-16-22-faraway-pixels-with-strange-sounding-scrolls/ item 2) of a Tweet by Jay Blanc. That Tweet has since been removed by Twitter:
“My twitter account is now locked and disabled due to an unknown group of people reporting the Baen whistleblowing tweet as “abuse and harassment”. You can draw your own conclusions as to who would have done this.”https://file770.com/pixel-scroll-8-16-22-faraway-pixels-with-strange-sounding-scrolls/comment-page-1/#comment-1552024
I’m reposting a version of Jay Blanc’s screenshot here but with usernames and other personal details obscured:
There are a number of elements here and I’ll point out a major caveat first:
- Discussion about gun practice drills are common in gun rights circles and hence normal thread drift can end up on this topic without an overt attempt to link to the original topic.
- I haven’t seen the wider discussion referenced or the steps that led from a discussion about the judge who signed the warrant for the search of Trump’s office ended up at a discussion on how to shoot people.
Still, you’d have to be an idiot not to realise that discussing how to shoot people in a thread about a judge is a BAD LOOK and something that, say, a lawyer might advise you not to do.
So let me instead use a simpler example of the same genre. It even (slightly) puts Baen’s Bar in a better light because this example is straight from Twitter and if Twitter isn’t moderating this sort of stuff, then arguably Baen’s Bar is the least of the problem.
For more context see my earlier post on Larry’s reaction to the so-called “raid” on Mar-a-Lago.
Unlike the Baen’s Bar comments, Larry isn’t linking this to a particular judge or federal employee. It is a more general expression of a species of the claim that the left (in general, i.e. the US centre-right, Democrats and the actual left) is provoking right into righteous anger and hence violence. It’s the “you made me do this” rationale for violence.
“Dicken drill” here refers to a bystander who ended a mass-shooting attempt at a US shopping mall in July this year (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood_Park_Mall_shooting ). This rare example of the “good guy with a gun” reducing the death toll in a mass shooting became a major talking point on the right and in gun rights spaces. The bystander (whose surname is Dicken), shot and killed the murderer within 15 seconds of the shooting starting. (Note that this apparently best-case scenario of the “good guy with a gun” still had multiple deaths and injuries.) Since then, fans of shooting people have been practising so-called Dicken Drills named after the bystander.
Here’s the thing. Without the context of Correia’s initial Tweet, the subsequent discussion of the “Dicken Drill” would look like a “reasonable” (in the context of US mass shootings) discussion of a means of self-defence in the case of an irrational attack.
Add the full context and it is advocacy for people on the right to prepare to start shooting people. Who? That’s vague but “the left” or “the feds” or this vague, never well-defined looming threat that is coming to get them. This message isn’t new but it is worth pointing out each time. It is a way for a section of the population to ready themselves psychologically and practically to kill their perceived enemies. I doubt Larry Correia is ever going to shoot anybody but this kind of messaging is very much about encouraging a hair-trigger response to perceived POLITICAL threats.
Look at the elements:
- A belief that the “left” is intent on provoking the right into violence.
- A belief that the US Federal government is out to get its political opponents.
- That people on the right should be ready to respond with arms.
- That this readiness specifically includes being ready to kill within 15 seconds of recognising a threat.
Like I said, Larry Correia is not going to shoot anybody. He has a lot of bluster but he’s not an idiot and he doesn’t have a history of violence. But look at that last point. Does anybody seriously think that nobody who shares the the other three beliefs is going to exercise perfect judgement on evaluating perceived threats WITHIN A MATTER OF SECONDS? Add in a milieu of paranoia about the “left”, and the “government” as well as the rare but genuine threat of other mass shooters.