It started out as a tongue-in-cheek challenge to a monstrous hurricane: when Irma reached Florida, open fire.
Joke or not, thousands of Florida gun owners on Saturday sounded like they were poised to do just that.
“I’m ready,” one man wrote on the Shoot at Hurricane Irma page on Facebook, including a photo of him holding a handgun.
“I got a missle(sic) to shoot at the hurricane,” another wrote.
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The idea was prompting such a strong response that a national organization that advocates against gun violence took to social media Saturday to broadcast a plea:
“Unfortunately, we must issue the following warning DO NOT SHOOT YOUR GUNS AT THE HURRICANE,” the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence tweeted.
Irma was expected to strike Florida late Saturday night or early Sunday, forecasters said.