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New "Challenge" Has Bored Thugs Pointing Guns at Random People

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When I was introduced to the “laundry pod challenge” via social media and the attendant hand-wringing local news pieces about it (“At 11, why the internet and something in that’s your cabinets could kill your child!), I pretty much figured that online “challenges” had reached their inevitable nadir.

Nope. Not even close. Why would I ever imagine that viral stupidity had some sort of bottom to it? Because it clearly doesn’t.

The latest evidence that social media is causing evolution to work in reverse is called the “No Lackin’ Challenge” or “Don’t Be Lackin’ Challenge.”

You don’t have to eat laundry pods or snort cinnamon or anything to that effect.

Nope. All you have to do is point a gun at someone.

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According to AmericanGG.net, the point of the game is to aim your gun at your friend, enemy, or a random person to see if they likewise have a gun. If they do not, they are therefore “lackin’,” and you have “won” the challenge.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, none of these videos have taken place at a Mensa meeting.

These are three screenshots from “No Lackin’ Challenge” videos on YouTube. I hesitate to post the actual videos, since they’re expletive-laden bellowing fests involving idiots who shouldn’t have guns. If you are so inclined, here’s one compilation, which we warn you is exceptionally graphic and not safe for work.

Do you think YouTube should ban videos showing the "No Lackin' Challenge"?

That being said, there’s surprisingly little media coverage on this latest challenge, which means we can’t necessarily vouch for its veracity. There are certainly quite a few videos on YouTube and social media, however, and it seems unlikely that all of them are hoaxes.

Let’s just say that, as challenges go, it hasn’t acquired the nuanced, aged sophistication that eating Tide Pods has. However, it’s getting there.

And that should worry everybody. We’re all about responsible gun ownership here at Conservative Tribune. I cannot think of anything more directly opposed to responsible gun ownership than the “No Lackin’ Challenge.”

Nearest we can tell, nobody has died from this thuggish idiocy yet. Make no mistake, though: If it continues, someone will.

The fact that YouTube — the company currently involved in a lawsuit for actively demonetizing conservative videos, mind you — is hosting these clips just adds to the arrant irresponsibility here. This needs to end, and it needs to end now.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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