"Offensive" photo of a Springfield 1911 GI Model
THIS IS REGARDING A NON-FIREARM RELATED INTERNET FORUM, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO SEEM TO KEEP MISSING THAT DETAIL
I am new here. I have been meaning to make an account here for some time; I have been using the phone app for quite a while. I have grown up with firearms all my life but just recently discovered my new found passion- handguns. Although currently at 19 years old I only own a Ruger 22/45 Target Model, which I bought at the end of August for my birthday, I am in love. The reason I got the .22 was because I wanted to do a lot of shooting, and I cannot afford to shoot anything else.
My next purchase will be a Springfield 1911 Mil-Spec. Anyways, someone pushed me over the edge today and I finally decided to make an account here to talk about it. I have been quite active on other internet forums, specifically an addiction recovery forum. I recently made my avatar this beautiful Springfield GI model. It never crossed my mind that it would offend someone.
Today I received a private message, from one of the moderators, that told me
"I am sorry but you really need to remove the gun as your avatar. There are a lot of reasons but the biggest one is we got a complaint from someone who lost someone who was shot.
Thanks for understanding."
Baffled and dumbfounded, my response was:
"Only out of respect for you, I removed it. However, I will make it clear that I do not understand. Are avatars of cars allowed? I know many who were lost in a tragic car-related injuries. What if I made a complaint, that, someone I know had been killed by an alligator or crocodile?(referring to her avatar of an alligator on the beach, with a caption that said "send more tourists, last ones tasted great!") Can you seriously cater to the complaints of every individual? Someone could find a complaint about anything.
On the flip side, I have known plenty of people who are still alive today because of a firearm.
I understand that this is not up for discussion, and I promise you will not see me with any more firearm related avatars. I would just like to make a complaint and say that I find it very hypocritical and unreasonable for me to have to remove a photo of an inanimate object.
With all due respect."
So what do you guys think? Did I over-react? Was that a reasonable response?
I would love to hear the input of others. By the way, my bad if this is in the wrong forum.
Anyways, Happy Thanksgiving Y'all.
Last edited by Giveth; 11-24-2011 at 11:08 PM.