(Closed) Guns, friends and facebook…oh my

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
2171 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We have friends that are like this. My family has a large number of active service members and veterans so we all love to talk guns and personal protection. My 3 best friends all own guns. My husband and I do not YET but plan on having at least one within the next few months. I totally side with you and think it’s SO rude when people want to press their opinions when they have no ground to stand on with them. Not their place. As my husband would say, you don’t have to comment or like posts on facebook if you don’t agree, just keep on scrolling by. 

Post # 3
4060 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yup, you totally have the right to own your guns….but considering everything going on in the world right now (which you know about firsthand!), I’m frankly surprised you’re so surprised at the response you got.

Post # 4
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Mrs.MilitaryBee:  As a future military wife, I can tell you that I simply stay out of these things because of the reaction of others! You just have to sit back and let people have their opinions if you post things such as guns, racial opinions, or your thoughts on the democratic/republican debate. It sucks that we can’t share our own thoughts without others attacking you or insulting you personally for what you believe in, but that’s just the way it is with social media.

At this point, ya just gotta let it be. There’s nothing really that can be done. Nothing you say will change their minds just like nothing they say will change yours. 

Post # 5
47197 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Mrs.MilitaryBee:  Communication is harder when you are living at a distance from your friends and family. The challenge with using social media to share is that you give everyone an opportunity to comment publically.

In days passed, before social media, people only knew what you told them personally, over the phone or told them in a letter. There was no group of people receiving the information all at once and haviing the ability to instantly comment and share with the whole group.

I am surprised that you would not foresee that not all your Facebook friends would think that receiving two guns for Christmas was a good thing. The “friend” who made the nasty remark, should have kept her opinion to herself, however, you also need to know that you are inviting comments when you post, and not all of them will agree with you.

Post # 6
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Whether I or anyone else agrees with your views on guns is really irrelevant, but I would say your mistake was posting it on Facebook.  Honestly?  No one cares what you got for Christmas.  And you had to know that posting photos of guns that you are going to keep in your home would cause some controversy.  

Maybe it’s because I’m old, but my first thought is NEVER to post anything on social media.  I like my privacy.

Post # 7
1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Mrs.MilitaryBee:  I understand your friends point of view (I have family and friends on both side of the debate) but you have every right to have as many guns as you want. You know, that whole freedom thing. Don’t let her drag you down. Comments like that are just meant to cause drama. Let it be and enjoy your new Xmas presents

Post # 10
4060 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mrs.MilitaryBee:  That’s fair, but guns are a *very* polarizing issue right now, and one some people feel so strongly about they wouldn’t (or they might even say couldn’t) just scroll by. If I was posting something about abortion, or Syrian refugees I would expect responses from both sides too. Same with guns.

Don’t let it ruin your Christmas.

Post # 11
1312 posts
Bumble bee

Even though my Darling Husband has several guns, I can’t imagine a scenario where he’d ever post a photo of them to Facebook. Even though it’s your social media account, you should know that posting something so controversial would trigger a response from those who are opposed to guns. It sucks, but that’s the world we live in. I would either delete the comments or the picture, or just ignore the response and let the people who are mad at you come around in their own time. You’ve tried explaining your reasoning but they aren’t listening, and that’s the most you can do.

(BTW I don’t think you’re wrong for posting the photo!)

Post # 12
320 posts
Helper bee

That just sounds like facebook to me. Discussions and comments get out of control on far less controversial things.

Post # 14
47 posts
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m not surprised at people’s reactions. I am sure you are a responsible gun owner however, guns have done a lot of damage this year and putting that cannonball in someone’s evil/clumsy/incapable hands lies the problem. I know you are stoked with your present and that’s awesome, not everyone has that same view as you with so many negative connotations towards guns and the damage they cause. You posted it on Facebook which is a free for all…. Next time just control who is seeing your photos to the family you wanted to show.

Post # 15
9813 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t know why you’d be surprised by a response like that.  They are entitled to their opinions just like you are.  I don’t know why you thought such a highly charged issue like this wouldn’t bring some comments?  I wouldn’t post to facebook if you don’t want people to respond (good or bad).  I don’t think anyone cares you got guns for christmas, but if you post, you should be open to comments.  She thinks you’re part of the problem and many others will agree with her and others like yourself will disagree.  Let it go and move on.

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