Thursday, June 13, 2013

Have Guns Become a Religion?

I ask because actress Katee Sackhoff lost 100,000 followers for the following tweet:
Sackhoff has a bit of cult following because she played Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica and plays Vic Moretti on Longmire.* Her timeline has tweets about filming Longmire, hockey, and her Harley. None seem overtly political.

It seems odd that an admission that the U.S. has a strong gun culture and an admonition to practice gun safety is offensive to 100,000 people. It wasn't a call for political action to ban assault weapons, toughen background checks, create database of gun owners.

Twitter may not be conducive to rational, reasoned debate, but this reaction smacks of zealotry that one finds in true believers not an actress's casual fans who have been disappointed by scandal.

*For what it's worth, Craig Johnson's Longmire books are great reads.

1 comment:

P&R said...

From what I gather, much of the ire directed at Ms. Sackhoff is from those who viewed her tweet as endorsing gun ownership. In other words, it is precisely because she didn't call for a ban on assault weapons, etc. that these "followers" left.