Yesterday morning I got a phone call. It went something like this:
Caller (voice of a young woman): Is this Joe Huffman?
Caller: I’m <full name>. I live in <state>. You have a tweet of mine on your blog. It says, “<two sentences giving insight into why the right to keep and bear arms is important>”. I still believe that. But even though I have deleted my twitter account people are still able to connect me with that tweet. I’m getting a lot of hate mail and death threats because of that. I’m only <age> years old. I can’t really deal with this. Can you remove that blog post?
Joe: I’m in meeting at work right now. If you will send me an email with a link to the blog post so I can find it easily I’ll take it down later today. Can you do that?
Caller: Yes. I can do that. Thank you sir.
This was the email thread:
Sent: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 10:19 AM
Link to the post <deleted>
From: Joe Huffman
Sent: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 11:21 AM
The post is now gone.
It so terrible that something like this would generate so much hate.
If it would be of any use to you I can go through my log files and find the IP addresses of everyone (or during certain time frames) who viewed this blog post. Cyber security professionals (this is what I do) working with the police can use this information to (in most, but not all cases) find the person behind the IP address.
Sent: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 11:22 AM
To: Joe Huffman
Thank you so much for your help sir.
I find it very telling that both the anti-gun people are sending out death threats and that they are targeting a woman so young she cannot legally purchase a handgun rather than me.
Why are they so violent? It’s part of their nature.
Why are they targeting a young woman with her right to keep and bear arms infringed by the government rather than me? That is a rhetorical question. We all know the answer. And this gives us all the information we need to know about what they will do if we are disarmed.
I wish I could reproduce that tweet without increasing her risk. Her experience demonstrates the accuracy of her tweet.