The creepy clown sightings of 2016 may be about to result in something incredibly dangerous; creepy clown hunting. Sort of. Reportedly, some Florida residents are planning on arming themselves against the possibility of creepy clown attacks while trick-or-treating on Halloween. Especially in the wake of reports of a planned “creepy clown purge” that is supposed to go down on or around Halloween.
South Florida has become a hotbed of creepy clown activity in recent weeks, with the sightings of the terrifying circus freaks increasing and becoming increasingly threatening and even violent. With Halloween looming, more than a handful of Florida residents are taking no chances with themselves or their children, vowing to carry guns and even bats and go hunting for creepy clowns while trick-or-treating.
As CBS Local reports, while some residents appear to be willing to seek out and even hunt down creepy clowns on Halloween night, others are simply preparing to defend themselves against the potential threat a Halloween clown encounter might pose.
While it might sound extreme to arm one’s self or even go clown hunting on Halloween, the threat posed by creepy clowns is apparently very real in Florida. Just last week, two men in Melbourne were picked up by police for threatening people with bats, sticks, and/or axes. Those men were reportedly dressed like clowns.
The threat of creepy clown-related violence has sparked so much talk of Halloween clown hunting that law enforcement has been warning people against dressing up as clowns in the first place in order to avoid getting shot and even killed. After all, guns and fear don’t pair well together, and people have been being terrorized by creepy clowns all across the nation for weeks and weeks now. The first clown sightings were reported in South Carolina at the end of August, and things have only gone downhill from there.
“The problem is that someone dressed like a clown could scare someone and there’s a possibility — a possibility — you could end up with someone getting shot.”
Some parents and schools have jumped on the anti-clown bandwagon, forbidding their children and students from dressing up like clowns in an attempt to protect them from violent misunderstandings.
“While many of the clown threats in our community and across the nation have proven to be hoaxes, it is still best for us to continue to operate in an abundance of caution.”
In fact, the vast majority of the clown sightings in the U.S. have been determined to be either made up or the result of pranks or hoaxes. However, the threat of violence is still lurking just beneath the surface, and after nearly an entire season of being on edge about the creepy clowns, some people are refusing to be victims. Or even potential victims.
Hence the Florida creepy clown hunting plans.
According to reports, residents of Florida who plan to arm themselves against the creepy clown Halloween threat are planning on grabbing anything they have on hand to keep themselves and their little ones safe while trick-or-treating. Some are planning on taking their deadliest guns, while others are opting for slightly less lethal clown hunting weapons.
“Since I have no gun, I will be carrying a bat around on Halloween night.”
It is an ironic twist of fate that after months of stalking Americans, creepy clowns have now become the hunted.
Despite the widespread clown panic that has engulfed the nation, and despite threats from the public to take the law into their own hands, sales of creepy clown masks and costumes have skyrocketed this year versus last. The combination of scared, armed citizens and a record number of creepy clowns walking around on Halloween could have disastrous consequences.
So disastrous that many parents have decided to keep their kids home on October 31, and some schools have canceled traditional Halloween festivities altogether.
What do you think? Is this Halloween going to be fraught with clown-related violence (both from the threat of creepy clowns and their planned “purge” and from creepy clown hunting) or will it be a Halloween like every other that came before it?
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